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den, was the first to set up a distillery in Medford. It was on the south side of the river. . . afterward used by Hezekiah Blanchard the innholder, who distilled anise-seed, snake-root and clove-water. While authentic history places Andrew Hall's beginning of the rum making in 1735, it also credits this same Hezekiah Blanchard with a similar plant a little farther away behind Dead Man's alley, otherwise River street. Certain it is, that the latter was engaged both in tavernkeeping and dg of Medford. What more convenient place for their gathering for business than the well appointed inn of mine host Hezekiah Blanchard? And so this old time-worn bill of his comes to us, a mute witness of men and times long gone. Here it is; we bespeak for this carefully made copy a critical reading. The Directors for the Andover & Medford Turnpike road To Hezh Blanchard                Drd cents 1805 NovbrTo 4 Botwls Ginn Toddy 1s/6d$1.00 To 8 Suppers 2s/3d3 To 1 Bottle wine
d tolerate no rival pulpit in his domain, regarding all such as interlopers. But this could not always be. The parting of the ways was near—indeed had been reached the previous year, as we will later notice. Under the system of church and parish then operating, any dissenting views or doctrine must find other than the meeting house for promulgation. In 1823, places of public assemblage were few, and consisted mainly of such halls as the taverns afforded, notably that earlier of Hezekiah Blanchard, and then and later, the Medford House. To those who forsook the stately meeting-house up old High street, and turned into the lane (now Ashland street) and climbed the stairs to the second floor of Mr. Francis' bake-house that summer day, the contrast must have been great. Perhaps it was too great, as only two Sabbaths were spent there, and better quarters secured. Again this quotation tells us where. Mr. Cummings in his excellent paper only says— A hall in the neighborhood