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August 9th (search for this): chapter 18
Medford, Condita, 1628. BY way of contrast to the recent launching on the Mystic, let us turn backward the pages of authentic history to a date almost three centuries ago and read it as quoted by our local historian in 1855:— July 4, 1631. The governor built a bark at Mistick which was launched this day and called The Blessing of the Bay. and again, Aug. 9. The governor's bark being of thirty tons went to sea. The historian says, It cost one hundred and forty-five pounds, and quotes the owner (Governor Winthrop) as saying, five years later, I will sell her for one hundred and sixty pounds. It would be interesting to follow, were it possible, the career of this early product of Mystic river ship building, and to know if the governor realized his ten plus per cent profit. We trust that he did, but even so we cannot style him a profiteer. Now note the following words of our historian, which preceded the quotations above noted which he evidently made in their suppor
the colony), that then you send our barke that is already built in the colony to bring back our fishermen and such provision of salt if any remainder bee and also of hookes lynes &c of use to you on all occasions Take especial note of this: the company (through its chief, Cradock) writes of a bark already here built. For Cradock to have known of it (no cable or wirless or airships in those days) its construction must have been an accomplished fact when Endicott wrote to Cradock in September of 1628. The question naturally arises, where was our bark built in the colony? and another, was it the governor's bark? Note that the time of writing, February 16, 1628-9, which was (the twelfth month of 1628) before Winthrop's election as his successor and before Winthrop's departure for New England. We have no account of any ship-building at Salem, none at Dorchester or Nantasket at that early time, and ask, where then but at Medford where the Spragues found Cradock's men establishe
on all occasions Take especial note of this: the company (through its chief, Cradock) writes of a bark already here built. For Cradock to have known of it (no cable or wirless or airships in those days) its construction must have been an accomplished fact when Endicott wrote to Cradock in September of 1628. The question naturally arises, where was our bark built in the colony? and another, was it the governor's bark? Note that the time of writing, February 16, 1628-9, which was (the twelfth month of 1628) before Winthrop's election as his successor and before Winthrop's departure for New England. We have no account of any ship-building at Salem, none at Dorchester or Nantasket at that early time, and ask, where then but at Medford where the Spragues found Cradock's men established? There was no lack of timber for their use, and as to metal work and rigging the earliest record of the company (now extant) shows provision for iron, steel, copper and sailcloth. It was an organiz
Medford, Condita, 1628. BY way of contrast to the recent launching on the Mystic, let us turn backward the pages of authentic history to a date almost three centuries ago and read it as quoted by our local historian in 1855:— July 4, 1631. irships in those days) its construction must have been an accomplished fact when Endicott wrote to Cradock in September of 1628. The question naturally arises, where was our bark built in the colony? and another, was it the governor's bark? Note that the time of writing, February 16, 1628-9, which was (the twelfth month of 1628) before Winthrop's election as his successor and before Winthrop's departure for New England. We have no account of any ship-building at Salem, none at Dorchester or tons, which brought the colonists of Salem under Endicott across the stormy Atlantic. It certainly antedated the Blessing of the Bay by two years, and its mention by Cradock (still existing in his own hand) points to a settlement of Medford in 1628
February 16th, 1628 AD (search for this): chapter 18
in 1629, found them here settled and employed. Now let us return to the letter of Cradock. Endicott had written a letter to him from Salem, dated September 13, 1628. It took just five months for it to reach Cradock, who three days later, February 16, 1628-9, replied to it, writing the letter we have mentioned, and which we have personally seen and examined. The letter acquainted Endicott of the enlargement of the company (since his departure from England), of the purchase of another ship, oction must have been an accomplished fact when Endicott wrote to Cradock in September of 1628. The question naturally arises, where was our bark built in the colony? and another, was it the governor's bark? Note that the time of writing, February 16, 1628-9, which was (the twelfth month of 1628) before Winthrop's election as his successor and before Winthrop's departure for New England. We have no account of any ship-building at Salem, none at Dorchester or Nantasket at that early time, and
September 13th, 1628 AD (search for this): chapter 18
al governor, John Endicott. There had some from Salem found their way across country (or otherwise) to the Mistick valley, and had here settled in the interests of that presiding functionary who was styled governour, and whose name was Matthew Cradock. We have the evidence of that in the testimony of the Spragues, who, coming from Salem in 1629, found them here settled and employed. Now let us return to the letter of Cradock. Endicott had written a letter to him from Salem, dated September 13, 1628. It took just five months for it to reach Cradock, who three days later, February 16, 1628-9, replied to it, writing the letter we have mentioned, and which we have personally seen and examined. The letter acquainted Endicott of the enlargement of the company (since his departure from England), of the purchase of another ship, of the hiring of two more (and possibly another), in which were to be sent about three hundred colonists, one hundred head of cattle and various supplies for t
ise) to the Mistick valley, and had here settled in the interests of that presiding functionary who was styled governour, and whose name was Matthew Cradock. We have the evidence of that in the testimony of the Spragues, who, coming from Salem in 1629, found them here settled and employed. Now let us return to the letter of Cradock. Endicott had written a letter to him from Salem, dated September 13, 1628. It took just five months for it to reach Cradock, who three days later, February 16, 1628-9, replied to it, writing the letter we have mentioned, and which we have personally seen and examined. The letter acquainted Endicott of the enlargement of the company (since his departure from England), of the purchase of another ship, of the hiring of two more (and possibly another), in which were to be sent about three hundred colonists, one hundred head of cattle and various supplies for the reinforcement of the colony of which Endicott was in charge. Various directions were given i
July 4th, 1631 AD (search for this): chapter 18
Medford, Condita, 1628. BY way of contrast to the recent launching on the Mystic, let us turn backward the pages of authentic history to a date almost three centuries ago and read it as quoted by our local historian in 1855:— July 4, 1631. The governor built a bark at Mistick which was launched this day and called The Blessing of the Bay. and again, Aug. 9. The governor's bark being of thirty tons went to sea. The historian says, It cost one hundred and forty-five pounds, an later other ship-builders found the remains of old ways and timbers farther down beside the river. So Mr. Brooks transfers Winthrop's ship-building from Charlestown to Medford, by saying, the record concerning it is as follows, and quotes: July 4, 1631. The governor's bark, etc., etc. Now as we look at it, the governor's bark (the Blessing) was built just where the governor wrote that it was, at Mistick, the Ten Hills Farm in Charlestown (present Somerville), and not in Medford at all. Nei
Medford, Condita, 1628. BY way of contrast to the recent launching on the Mystic, let us turn backward the pages of authentic history to a date almost three centuries ago and read it as quoted by our local historian in 1855:— July 4, 1631. The governor built a bark at Mistick which was launched this day and called The Blessing of the Bay. and again, Aug. 9. The governor's bark being of thirty tons went to sea. The historian says, It cost one hundred and forty-five pounds, anis day and called The Blessing of the Bay. We do not deny but that there was a tradition current relative to early ship building on the north side of the river. In fact, we think there may have been, and that Mr. Brooks, who wrote as above in 1855, at the age of sixty, had it from his forbears, who were men of mature age, when Thatcher Magoun established his shipyard on the north side of the Mistick, and when later other ship-builders found the remains of old ways and timbers farther down b
Peter C. Brooks (search for this): chapter 18
t Mistick which was launched this day and called The Blessing of the Bay. We do not deny but that there was a tradition current relative to early ship building on the north side of the river. In fact, we think there may have been, and that Mr. Brooks, who wrote as above in 1855, at the age of sixty, had it from his forbears, who were men of mature age, when Thatcher Magoun established his shipyard on the north side of the Mistick, and when later other ship-builders found the remains of old ways and timbers farther down beside the river. So Mr. Brooks transfers Winthrop's ship-building from Charlestown to Medford, by saying, the record concerning it is as follows, and quotes: July 4, 1631. The governor's bark, etc., etc. Now as we look at it, the governor's bark (the Blessing) was built just where the governor wrote that it was, at Mistick, the Ten Hills Farm in Charlestown (present Somerville), and not in Medford at all. Neither had Governor Winthrop any possessions whatever
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