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Governor Brooks' birthplace. The Medford Governor was born at upper Medford, or Symmes' Corner, set off from Medford by the incorporation of Winchester as a town in 1850. Originally a part of Charlestown, it was joined to Medford in 1754 for the convenience of its residents who had to journey through Medford to reach their meeting-house. Here was the farm of Zachariah Symmes (first minister of Charlestown) of which portions remain in possession of his descendants today. Through the farm lay the publique country road from Medford to Woburn, and at the corner diverged southward the road to Cambridge, the present Grove street. In more recent years there was laid out another to the west, the present Bacon street. On all the angles formed by these dwelt a Symmes, a descendant of Reverend Zachariah. Substantial were the houses they built and that sheltered the generations that have come and gone. One has ends of brick enclosing the chimneys. Another, the residence of Luther
An early criticism of Medford history. Referring to the visit of Lafayette to Medford, August 28, 1824, and his entertainment and dinner at Governor Brooks', the author wrote, of all the persons at that table, the writer of this alone survives. Attached to Mr. Swan's copy is the following in his handwriting: This is a remarkable error of the author, and shows a want of polite attention, to forget that Mrs. Col. Brooks, the Governor's daughter — in law who presided at the collation, is still living in Dedham. Mrs. Brooks says the following gentlemen who were present are also now living: General Sumner, Major Swett, Rev. Andrew Bigelow, who askedMrs. Brooks says the following gentlemen who were present are also now living: General Sumner, Major Swett, Rev. Andrew Bigelow, who asked the blessing, [all] of Boston, Rev. Geo. Burnap of Baltimore, Dr. Swan [and] Mr. Dudley Hall of Medford. George Stuart, Canada, the Governor's grandson is also thought to have been present. (Letter from Mrs. P. Swan, Jan. 5, 1856
Reminiscences of Governor Brooks. written by Caleb Swan (about 1856). In writing to the earliest of Sir Isaac Newton's biographers, Pope expressed a desire to have some memoirs and characters of him as a man. This desire is very general, to kn
ter, disposition and habits of public men. I regret the author [Dr. John Dixwell] has not given us some anecdotes of Governor Brooks, to show the love, regard and esteem that was felt for him by his townsmen and neighbors, as well as their great respect for his patriotism and talent.
Governor Brooks was an elegant and excellent horseman, and next to Washington no one looked better on horseback at a military parade.
Mr. Brimmer, of Boston, said it was a pleasure to see him on Boston Common. d the order that it should be read at the head of every regiment that day at 6 o'clock. The Massachusetts regiment of Major Brooks was camped on Chatham square. He told Benj. L. Swan in New York (about 1815) that he was appointed to read the Declara
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Distinguished guests and residents of
Letter to the Editor. West Medford, December 2, 1912. Editor of the Register:— Some six years ago, while searching among the ancient files in Harvard College Library for other information, I came across a map or plan of land near Medford Square that interested me. Procuring a sheet of tracing paper I made a copy of the same. I learned that it was the graduation thesis of a Medford boy, who afterward studied medicine with Dr. Brooks, and who succeeded to the latter's practice when he was elected governor. A little later a friend, Frank V. Smith, artist and book illustrator, reproduced the same for me on Bristol board, and his work is practically a fac-similie of the original. I am turning it over to the Historical Society, as being of interest and a record of the locality of over a century ago. The quaint letters of the long S script made by the young collegian are as accurate as I could trace them. The modern lettering of the title is the hand of the artist, who fo