pants, or if there were any during the succeeding years prior to 1874, we have no information.
Early in 1875 the selectmen of Medford were informed by Mr. Magoun, by letter dated January 22, 1875, of his intention to donate to the town the Mansion House of his late honored father for a library building.
A copy of this letter was published in the Medford Chronicle at the time and may be found in the annual reports of the town.
He stated in the letter—
The style of the Mansion House, cerMansion House, certainly in its exterior, appears to me to be admirably adapted for the purpose proposed; and my idea is, that the front or main building, above and below should all be used for library purposes as it is well arranged for that purpose. He also offered the town the sum of $1,000 for bookcases and furnishing, and after adding suggestions as to the utilization of the rear portion of the building, stated his intention of inserting
in the deed of conveyance that the title therein contained will be
built, or the one—and two-story gambrel roofs with roomy attics, to those more modern and pretentious, erected after ship-building began.
The exceptions were the Royall, Peter Tufts, Major Wade and Hastings houses, with the country seat of Peter C. Brooks, the finest and newest of all.
But at that time there was erected one that was, and still is, unique in design, substantial in construction, on an eligible and commanding location, that is worthy of more than a passing notice, and should is last ships in 1834 and 1835, one in each year, and that after 1835 the building at the Magoun ship-yard was by others.
It would appear that the mansion-house was commenced at about the time of his retirement, about 1835.
Facing page 357 in Brooks' History of Medford (1855) is a steel engraving by F. T. Stuart, showing the house and stable, with (presumably) the owner in his carriage driving out across the sidewalk.
Two pieces of statuary, and large vases, adorn the ample grounds.