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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 11., A recently discovered Letter written by Colonel Isaac Royall in 1779. (search)
could to sell it and accordingly I bespoke my passage for myself and my nephew Doct. Charles Russell who offer'd to accompany me and to do some Business for his Mother in Law my Sister Vassall on board Capt. Mackay a Vessell belonging to Mr. Bileston I pack'd up my Sea Stores and Cloaths for the passage and came to Boston after attending the Public Worship on the Lord's Day Evening before the Battle of Lexington to take leave of my Children and Friends intending to have gone from thence to Salem to embark for Antiguas but unfortunately staid at Boston Two or Three Days and din'd with The Honble Capt. Erving the very Day the Battle happen'd after which it was impossible to get out of Town for Genl Gage had issued Orders to prevent any one coming in or going out upon which I thought it most prudent as my affairs call'd me to the West Indies and a good opportunity offering I went to Halifax expecting there to meet with a Vessell bound to Antigua but was disappointed I remain'd in Nova
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 11., Ye olde Meting-House of Meadford. (search)
e writer felt as one becoming introduced to the men and people of the Medford of long ago. So long ago was it, that it is well to take a look beyond the strip of land bordering the river, and extending back a mile in all places, that comprised the Medford of those days, making the thirty-one years ye olde meeting-house was used. A. D. 1693, William and Mary had been for five years the reigning sovereigns and the town meetings were called in their majesties names. The witchcraft delusion at Salem had just run its length and subsided without thrusting its baleful presence and influence into Medford. Beyond the sea in old England, John Bunyan, the immortal dreamer, and Richard Baxter, the voluminous writer, had but just passed away. The Pilgrim's Progress of the one, and Saint's Rest of the other were beginning to reach these shores. John Dryden, the poet and translator of Virgil, and John Locke, the mental philosopher of that age, were just completing their life work, while the
Papers and addresses. 1907-8. Monday Evening course. October 21.—Jamaica. Illustrated. Mr. Rosewell B. Lawrence. November 18.—A Story of Gettysburg. Gen. Luther Stephenson of Hingham. December 16.—The Old State House. Mr. Charles F. Read of Brookline, clerk of the Bostonian Society. January 20.—Jamestown and the Jamestown Colony. Rev. James L. Hill, D. D. of Salem. February 17.—The First Parish in Medford. Rev. Henry C. DeLong. March 16.—Annual Meeting. April 20.—Our first railroad and how it was built. Illustrated. Mr. Moses W. Mann. May 18.—Old-fashioned Medicinal Remedies. Charles S. Ensign, Ll.B. of Newton. Saturday Evening course. December 7.—Some Pictures of the Far East. Illustrated. Dr. Walter G. Chase of Boston. January 4. —Samuel Adams. Mr. Charles G. Chick, President of the Hyde Park Historical Society. February 1. (Postponed to February 1.)—Some Brick-makers of Medford. Mr. George S. Delano. March 7.—A Pupil's Life in Mystic
bor in Vain yard. After Mr. Taylor went to Chelsea, Mr. Foster carried on the business there and built the last Medford ship, in 1872. Other apprentices well known in Medford for years were Roland Jacobs, John Stetson and Elijah Ewell. In youth, Mr. James attended the Congregational church in South Scituate, which his mother joined in 1813, but the old school clergyman there never attracted his interest. Very early in life he left home, as I have said, to work in various places, and in Salem he boarded with Baptists and attended church with them. He became interested in their methods but never subscribed to their creed. From that time, however, he became interested in religious matters. While in Milton, he attended the church of Mr. (afterward Dr.) Codman, in Dorchester. He preached the orthodox doctrine of predestination and its attendant beliefs. His congregation was divided for and against him. A council was called which decided that he should remain in his pulpit. Th
nor Brooks were living to give information. It must be understood that at the time of President Washington's visit, General (not then Governor) Brooks lived in the Jonathan Watson house, adjoining the third meeting-house. The visit of General Washington to General Brooks in 1789, was in the forenoon. He came on horseback, escorted by several gentlemen from Boston. Their horses were taken to the barn of Mr Isaac Greenleaf nearly opposite the house of Dr. Osgood—where Capt. Ward from Salem afterwards built his house and died —and now owned and occupied by Mr Thatcher Magoun Jr. Mrs Samuel Swan was then at school in the Town School (kept by Mr Prentiss) now Mr Train's house, and next West of Genl Brooks' house. She remembers the children were all brought out in line in front of the School to see General Washington. Every scholar held a quill in his hand. Mr Greenleaf's son Isaac, now living in Medford—aged 80—also remembers the visit, and that the horses were brought t