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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., A relic of the Royall house. (search)
eclined, and after his death his estate passed into other hands. It was then the scene of busy labor for a time, for the old mansion, already venerable, was enlarged and made the grandest in North America. We may never know who the workmen were, though we do know the name of the new owner. Doubtless some of the artisans were men of Medford and Charlestown, and perhaps there labored the sable sons of Ham, the slaves of their master Royall, beside the dutiful subjects of their royal master King George. But to return to our pine tree, that was a seedling in Governor Winthrop's day. It had grown tall, strong and stately with the sun and rains, winds and storms of the long years of its growth, and one day the woodman's axe laid it low. The timber hewers squared it, and the marks of their shining steel are yet visible. Then the sawyers laboriously reduced it in size, by taking from two adjoining sides a plank of generous thickness, leaving it a timber seven inches square, straight a
a new folio Bible which was ye gift of ye Hon. Isaac Royall Esqr to the church. Sept. 9th Benjamin Francis child baptized. Benjamin the first baptized after we had ye new silver basin and brass frame which was the gift of Mr. John Willis deceased: the basin cost a hundred and odd pounds and ye frame 9 odd. Nov. 23.,d (Mrs. Ruth Brooks that was) and I was out bride and bridegroom. Dec. 7th This day I am 24 years old. I. S. Jan. 4. 1761. Funeral Sermon for our late Sovereign Lord King George the second of blessed memory, who died at his palace at Kensington ye 25th of Oct. last. in 77 year of his age and 34 of his Reign, His death was sudden. March 15th Text Isaiah 42: 25, This text was chosen on account of the shock of the earthquake felt Thursday ye 12 instant at about an hour after 2 o'clock in the morning a pretty considerable shock. (My spouce and I were at Boston). Fast day April 22d 1761: This is the first annual fast that I ever knew to be on Wednesday it ha