Nathaniel Gorham, James Swan, Ebenr Parsons, and others, their associates, were those interested.
The bridge was to be forty feet wide, with a draw at least thirty feet wide.
They were to pay Harvard College annually £ 200, in compensation for the annual income of the Boston and Charlestown ferry.
They were to receive certain tolls, which were to be double on Sunday.
Preparations for building the bridge were at once commenced.
Major Samuel Sewall was appointed architect.
He was of Marblehead and afterward, in 1814, chief justice of Massachusetts.
At Concord, Massachusetts, however, there is the gravestone of Captain John Stone who died in 1791, which states he was the builder of the bridge.
Lemuel Cox was appointed master workman.
The stock of the company consisted of one hundred and fifty shares, the par value of each of which was £ 100, a total of £ 150,000. The first pier of the bridge was laid on the 14 June, 1785, and the last on 31 May, 1786, and the bridge was opene
Cox was to be paid nine shillings a day and his board (including punch) for superintending the work.
25 April they added to Cox's pay a gratuity of $55, to be drawn when the bridge was done.
About this time they contracted for ten gallons of New England rum, but it is probable that it was not all to be consumed by Cox.
From the first some trouble had grown up between Cox and the directors, and this culminated, 19 July, by a vote to dismiss him, it appearing improper that Mr. Lemuel Cox shos a bridge builder had reached the Emerald Isle, and a desire for a bridge at Londonderry carried him to that town, probably in the spring of 1789, and he estimated the cost of a bridge there at £ 10,000. Receiving encouragement he returned to New England, and from Sheepscott, Maine, shipped a load of oak piles and twenty skilled workmen to complete the project.
His connection with the Cabots and others, directors of the Bridge Company, made him familiar with another enterprise some of the d