e gravelly beach must have extended as far as the square.
It was on this slope of the hill, close to the water's edge, near the fording place, on the pathway from Salem to Mistick ford and near to the future location of the bridge, that Governor Cradock's servants selected their dwelling-place.
It was an ideal spot, there being nrowth of small flags; and there are persons now living (1855) whose fathers have told them, that wild ducks were shot in that pond.
We will also see the path from Salem to Mistick ford trailing over the present Salem street, fording Gravelly creek, passing along the edge of the pond in the market-place or square, and winding aroune of the hill to the landing place of the ford.
This is the path travelled by Ralph Sprague and his party (two of whom were his brothers Richard and William) from Salem through the wilderness to Mistick ford, in the summer of 1628（9). They found Mr. Cradock's servants occupying a farm called Mistick, that they had planted on the e