he went along the road to Medford square, for the other end of the road to Blanchard's (Wellington) ended with the gate to that estate, which lay at that time in Malden; he then crossed the Cradock bridge and went along Main street. If he intended to ferry across at Charlestown, he went the main route to Charlestown.
If, however, he wished to drive a load into town, he must turn through Harvard street, pass through Powderhouse square, go to Cambridge, over past the present stadium, into West Roxbury, and then over the neck into Boston.
Probably, under the circumstances, Peter and his wife felt that home-keeping hearts were the best and that the place for children was in the home.
There were fish to catch in plenty in the spring, wild duck, turkeys and geese in spring and fall, boats to be launched by the river and, above all, the chores for a large family.
And there must have been the frequent passing of boats up the river, tediously tacking about the curve called Labor in Vain,