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e died there in 1825. Chelsea bridge was built in 1801. The Selectmen of Medford, Benjamin Hall, and John Brooks Governor of Massachusetts. were a committee who vainly opposed it. Mr. Hall was zealous in prosecuting the building of Middlesex Canal, but was not in favor of extending it to Boston. He wrote, In 1792 there was a petition preferred the General Court for liberty to make a Canal from Merrimack River into Medford River the Petitioners were Chiefly Inhabitants of Medford. Whhis father's old age, and the bond between the two was unusually close. Benjamin, Jr., died in 1807, and his son Dudley crept into his father's place in the grandfather's heart. With the building of the bridges, and the continuation of Middlesex canal to Boston, the trade of Medford declined. Lightering, which for a century had been carried on with profit, was at an end. As the old business died, a new interest—ship-building Thatcher Magoun laid the first keel in Medford in 1802.—spra