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poles or perch to one inch June the 16 1736 By me Caleb Brooks G Surveyr-- In surveying this farm there was Given othe Piscataqua and Merrimac rivers, evidently quoting from Brooks' history. But his entire article contains carefully made e State Archives, the committee secured the services of Caleb Brooks, who had the assistance of Lieutenant Goffe (who was resident in that vicinity) and another, not a chairman, as Brooks' history says, but chanemen, as is clearly spelled in his certificate. The word chairman in Brooks' history is doubtless a misprint that escaped detection, as Rev. Mr. Brooks must hRev. Mr. Brooks must have known that the surveyor's assistant was called a chainman. This Caleb Brooks was doubtless the son of the moderator and aCaleb Brooks was doubtless the son of the moderator and an early teacher in Medford. At the town meeting, July 19, 1738, was discussed The affier of plan of Medford and the lrd, and one of the chainmen named in the certificate of Caleb Brooks. The Masonian proprietors had made a grant in 1748 t
written about Winthrop being the founder of Medford—well enough in a way, as he was the colonial governor—but the earliest Medford was Cradock's farm, and lay entirely on the opposite side of the river from Winthrop's. It has been written that The first exploration of the river carried probably as far as Medford lines, and that the English eyes in that boat were the first eyes of settlers that looked upon the fields on which we now live. Naturally we ask, What was the scene they beheld? Mr. Brooks answered that in 1855 by saying, We apprehend it is very much today what it was two hundred years ago. In some respects correct. The marshes would of themselves change but little. But the earliest Medford had comparatively little marshland. What it had, began nearly two miles up-stream and practically ended below Gravelly brook, as there was but little beyond the Ford at Mistick. We know not how those six miles were computed, and doubt whether Winthrop's company reached the farther