ouse to his son Charles, then a bachelor, and the west-tern to his daughter, also an Abigail.
She is said to have lived and died a quasi widow, for her Scotch husband, Hugh Tarbett, was a Loyalist, and decamped with the Tories in 1776.
Charles Fitch rented his half to General John Brooks (afterwards and for seven years governor), who had taken up the practice of medicine in Medford after the Revolution.
It was here that he was living when President Washington visited him while on his New England tour, in October, 1789, coming from Boston early in the morning, and going from Medford to Salem.
The Medford schoolhouse was then close by and the school kept by Mr. Prentiss.
He ranged his young charges before the house, each holding a quill that the illustrious visitor might know that they were school children.
Seventy years afterward the testimony of aged residents—these former school children—was gathered up by one interested, and incidents carefully noted.
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