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ford journal of June, 1874. It was probably overshadowed by the larger and more useful gift of Mr. Magoun of the Mansion House of my honoured father, for a library building. Yet the gift of the guns was prompted by a spirit of helpfulness to his town as an economic measure. We scarcely think that the donor expected his gift to become an undue expense to it, or an elephant on its hands. One of the guns shows the effect of an attempt at repolishing, which gives color to the remark, General Lawrence intended to have them polished and placed in the foyer of the armory. The library committee evidently removed the trucks elsewhere (than the library), but we fail to find any report of its doings to some future meeting. In the discussion in town meeting some advocated selling the guns and buying books (with the proceeds) that should be inscribed with the name of Magoun, while others dissented. So it has happened that after forty years the guns remain safely stored away in the basem
es. Our own members or townsmen have served the Society by giving papers, and only twice have people outside of Medford been called upon for this purpose, and one of these is a member of this Society. This is proof enough that there are a faithful few in Medford, loyal to their home town, and ready always to give of their time, strength and talents for the preservation of our local history, and for the entertainment of their auditors or readers. October 20 we were indebted to Rosewell B. Lawrence for the charming account of his summer in Great Britain. He had many varied and pleasant experiences, of which he spoke informally in detail, and so shared with eager listeners his privilege of travelling. All enjoyed the accounts of visits to land of Dickens and trips to quaint London inns, and the recital of a canoe trip on the Thames. November 17 John Albree of Swampscott, our outof-town member and the enthusiastic secretary of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, ga
and as yet had paid no dividends, when the steamboat Merrimack first ploughed its placid waters. With a steam service from Boston to Salem and Newburyport, and the Merrimack river navigable to Haverhill, the canal's interests would be endangered, and its enterprising manager set about their defense. A steamboat line on the inland route would open the Merrimack valley direct to Boston, as locks just constructed made navigation possible to New Hampshire's capital. At that time Lowell and Lawrence were not on the map at all. But how do we know this? Some fifteen years since a Medford man, Wm. J. Cheney. (now an octogenarian) said: My grandfather told me that they used to run steamboats on the canal. As his grandfather, Joseph Wyatt, was a master mechanic on the canal in 1827, the story was the more interesting and credible. For a time persistent inquiry among the aged people long resident along the old canal, failed to throw light on the subject. An allusion in Amory's L