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And who was Peter Tufts? Such was the query made in a recent address before the Medford Historical Society. It was a pertinent query, and in a measure answered by the speaker, who alluded to the so-called heretics and vandals and assailers of vague tradition who have given his name to a substantial old brick dwelling house in our city which for forty years had been otherwise styled. As shown in a genealogy of 1855, there were three of the name (father, son and grandson), other Peters more remotely related, and nearly four hundred of the Tufts surname. The eldest Peter Tufts was an early settler in Malden and came to Medford, purchasing his land of the son and executor of Richard Russell, who had acquired title of Collins, and he of the Cradock heirs. It is well to remember that territorially the Medford of its earliest days was but about four square miles entirely surrounded by Charlestown, entirely north of the river, and Peter Tufts' purchase in the eastern corner. An