some short-lived) papers, the 275th Anniversary Proceedings and the Historical Society's collection.
Lastly (and modestly, we trust), we refer to the illustrations in the Register during its twenty-five years of publication.
It was fortunate that a Medford boy, who told us of old Ship street, had the gift and ability to also present the view of it, reproduced in Vol.
IV, No. 4.
Those who saw him build the ship at the Society's November meeting and watched (as he drew the picture) Deacon Galen James coming up the street in his oldtime sleigh loaded with children and with children hanging on behind realize something of Mr. Woolley's peculiar aptness for such work.
To the sketching artist with pencil or brush we are indebted for portrayal of views prior to 1850, to the photographer with his cumbrous camera, with difficulty transported, for those of the next fifty years; and all these required the aid of a middleman, the engraver (sculptor) before the printer could exercise his a
and many sermons by the Doctors Mather.
Franklin printed books of superior grade, which did not meet with a sale they deserved.
Bankruptcy followed, and in 1727 James Franklin removed to Newport, R. I., where he entered at once upon a more prosperous career.
He obtained the printing of the plantation, and several volumes of Bishop Berkley, an annual Almanac, and conducted a short-lived newspaper.
James Franklin died February 4, 1738, on his thirty-eighth birthday, leaving widow, a son, James, and at least three daughters.
Ann Franklin, during her widowhood of twenty-nine years, conducted the official printing of Rhode Island, established the Newport Mercury, out-lived all her children, and died April 19, 1763.
While James Franklin was in Boston, 1722, he established a library of nigh one hundred volumes, which people were free to visit and read.
The library contained a set of The Spectator, by Addison, recently published, eminent histories, learned works of recent scholarsh
Following Mr. Magoun the next year Calvin Turner of Pembroke and Enos Briggs of the Essex county family of that name built the ship Medford of two hundred and thirty-eight tons for John C. Jones of Boston.
After them came Sprague & James, Lapham, Fuller, Rogers, Stetson, Waterman, Ewell, Curtis, Foster, Taylor, Hayden & Cudworth and others who have built vessels here.
After the Revolution the New England states in particular found themselves in desperate straits from the cuttis, publishers and printers who had homes in Medford,—there were several of each in earlier days whose journalistic effort was confined to Boston, Cambridge and other places.
Among these were Samuel Hall, Elizur Wright and James M. Usher; also Galen James and Rev. Elihu Marvin, whose efforts were with the religious press.
Not until 1857 did there appear a paper printed as of Medford at stated intervals, for the purpose of noting current events, with editorial comment, literary notes and misc