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e. The Court of General Sessions of the Peace answered this defiance of these towns in the following manner, Jan. 20, 1693-4: Whereas there was an order of the General Court, referring the settlement of Mistick bridge, to the County Court of Middlesex, and said Court ordering the repairs of said bridge to be by the respective towns of Charlestown, Reading, Woburn, Maiden and Medford, according to their wonted manner, until the General Court make further provision, and the defects of said brif the said defects of said bridge, upon pains and penalty of five pounds fine to their Majesties for their respective defaults of each of said towns, and then to make returns of their doings therein to the next General Sessions of the Peace for Middlesex, and that for the future it shall be left to the determination of the law. Jan. 23, 1693-4. The Selectmen of Medford appear in Court and answer that their part of the bridge is in good repair. This prompt order of the Court had its effect
eing quite steep. The records of the town of Medford prior to the year 1674 having been lost or destroyed, and a portion of the records of the County Court of Middlesex being also lost or destroyed, information concerning the early roads of Medford is scant and most unsatisfactory. Some information can, however, be gathered fresting, however, to note that the town of Medford was represented by some of Mistick House. (The County Courts were established in the year 1643; the records of Middlesex commence in the year 1649.) June 21, 1659, the records of the County Court say that The Court doth order that 4 persons, indifferently chosen, two of them in reet now runs, down to the river at a point near where Arlington street connects with Jerome street. March 22, 1708-9. Pursuant to a motion of the Sheriff of Middlesex, referring to a County road that is needful to be laid out from Menotomy road, so across Menotomy fields, over the Ware, through Medford, to the place called Mr.