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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 8., The Whitmores of Medford and some of their descendants. (search)
y about which I am to speak tonight belongs to the latter class. Curiously enough, however, it is to one of its descendants that Medford is indebted for much that is known about its history. I refer to Mr. William Henry Whitmore of Boston, who assisted the Rev. Charles Brooks in compiling the History of Medford published in 1855. According to this history, the earliest record of the name of Whitmore is John Whitmore of Stamford, Connecticut. In 1634, Watertown formed a settlement in Wethersfield, and in 1640 Stamford was settled by them. John Whitmore was made a townsman in 1641, and had ten acres of land given him as an original land owner. In 1649 he went to the common grounds to look for his cattle and never returned. This, with other acts of the Indians, caused a declaration of war. Uncas, chief of the Mohegans, assembled his tribe, and they led the way into the woods and found the body three months after his disappearance. He represented Stamford in the General Court. H
tting out of patience with Scott. We like the spirit of Congress We want the rebellion crushed and the traitors hung. and the sooner, the better. Burg has been plenty at the South; pluck is lacking. We want it understood that we acknowledge he inferiority at the North. I still hope you will move on and conquer Richmond before you return--But the hope is faint !"I must give this old man some credit for kindly feeling, for he only wishes that the Foreign in the House of Congress were "at Wethersfield, working for a living!" A friend at wilton waxes warm and even wroth, perhaps having imbibed too much during "the glorious 4th of July," which he tells his friend had passed over. Then, as if to "improve the occasion,"--after the manner of some divines,--he dashes off into interrogatory eloquence, to which he himself replies: "What," he indignantly asks, "did we celebrate the 4th of July for ? In commemoration of our freedom(italicized) from British chains ? I ask are was free peop
and of their Moses and Anron to know why they brought them out to perish in the wilderness, then they may expect Pharaoh to come again and reclaim them to his services. Less fortunate than the Jews, they will not the in the desert, but may return to make brick without straw from Pharaoh, and to bow down their necks to the taskmasters and to give up their substance to his tax gatherers, to wander impoverished beggars from their own estate, henceforth occupied by Yankees from Cape Cods and Wethersfield, and to realize the triumphant of a Yankee journal that "the Northern matron will preside in the Southern mansion and the Southern lady bend over the washing tub." To support that the people of the South are willing to succumb to Lincolnism, after the murders, definement, confiscation, and overthrow of all constitutional, political, and civil rights, which have thus far marked this stro war, would be to reduce them to a degradation below anything that Yankeedom itself has ever reach
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