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al came forward with claims for it, that they thought were good and reasonable, but as possession is nine points of the law, the boys were allowed to keep what they had found, a sum amounting at the lowest estimate, to three hundred dollars. Naturally to the mind of every one, first came the pleasing tale of Capt. Kidd and his hidden treasure. A story so alluring that today even, it sends Harvard students off on expeditions to search for his yet undiscovered wealth. William C. Sprague (1823-1911), whose life was spent in Medford, who lived for many years in that vicinity, thought the money was placed there by Francis Shed, to hide it from his family. Mr. Shed was born in Medford, 1772, and died here 1851. He lived for a while in the so-called Cradock house. One of our oldest citizens, now living not far from there, thinks the money belonged to Nathan Sawyer, who died in 1873. This is in line with statements by the latter's daughter, now living in the old home on Riverside
een, there were those then living and perhaps present to have challenged it. The occasion in question was one of a sort that was almost new to Medford; one that required the courage of their convictions of the participants. Medford was then (1823), one hundred and ninety-three years from its settlement, a town of about one thousand five hundred inhabitants. Its third meetinghouse had served the people for fifty-three years both for religious worship and secular assembly, and the forty-eigparting of the ways was near—indeed had been reached the previous year, as we will later notice. Under the system of church and parish then operating, any dissenting views or doctrine must find other than the meeting house for promulgation. In 1823, places of public assemblage were few, and consisted mainly of such halls as the taverns afforded, notably that earlier of Hezekiah Blanchard, and then and later, the Medford House. To those who forsook the stately meeting-house up old High st
as Chickering, who was at the age of twenty a cabinet maker in that town. The piano was out of repair and he was given the task of placing it in condition, and though he had never seen such an instrument before, he made a careful study and successfully accomplished his task, and determined to become a piano manufacturer. He went to Boston in 1818, and entered the employ of John Osborne the only piano maker in that city. He mastered every detail of the work, made many improvements, and in 1823 began business for himself in April, and in June of that year finished and sold his first piano. This is now in the collection of early musical instruments of various types belonging to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. John Montgomery had three daughters in Mrs. Rowson's school. He was not General till the war of 1812. Recalling the interesting episode in Medford's old meeting-house (related by Miss Sargent) when Mr. Rowson and Mr. Montgomery sang a powerful duo in the a
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 30., The Brooks Estates in Medford from 1660 to 1927. (search)
sity of the Brooks family is stamped in many ways upon the history of Medford. The original Brooks school, a name since borne by its successor, was the gift of Edward Brooks, son of Peter Chardon Brooks, senior. The delta, at the meeting of High and Grove streets, was laid out by the latter, and for many years after him the trees and shrubs were kept in order by his son and grandson. In the collection of silver belonging to the First Parish church are two silver flagons presented by him in 1823. It was the same benefactor who built in 1846 the granite wall along the east side of the old burying ground, where so many of his ancestors lie buried. In 1869, Mrs. Ellen Brooks, widow of Gorham Brooks, with her two sons, Shepherd and Peter C. the third, gave both land and church edifice to Grace Episcopal church. In 1897 the Commonwealth received from the latter a gift of forty acres of land once owned by the Middlesex Canal Corporation, now a part of the Mystic Valley parkway. The Whi
lamed for life. The meeting between him and LaFayette in 1824, at Louisville, was described in the papers of the day as highly interesting. There was no braver officer in the American army, and no officer led a braver body of men. They were all, we have heard, from old Hanover, which has done so much to make herself renowned in our brief history. The eldest son of Captain Anderson, Richard Clough Anderson, Jr., was sent Minister to one of the South American Republics, by Mr. Monroe, about 1823, and died there. He was quite a young man, and very promising. This seems to have been a warlike family.-- Richard Clough Anderson had a younger brother, who commanded a company of Hanover troops throughout Greene's campaigns. He was in the battles of Guilford, Camden and Eutaw, and at the Siege of Ninety-Six. He went also to Georgia, with Wayne, in his expedition against the Indians, immediately after the close of the Carolina campaign. There was no braver officer in the whole army.
the Novelist. --Mrs. Gore died at Linwood, England, on the 23d ult., in the 63d year of her age. She began to write when she was twenty-four; her first novel, There as Marchmont, is said to have been written in a week; since then she has produced as many as sixty or seventy works, extending to nearly two hundred volumes.--Her facility in composition was almost equal to her fecundity; frequently she wrote a volume a month, and as many as three or four novels in a year. The most successful of her works were: "The Diary of a Desunnuyee, " "The Hamiltons," "Pin Money," "The Banker's Wife," "Peers and Parvenus," "Temptation and Atonement." Her last production was "The Two Aristocracies." Within the last ten years her works have been in less demand. Mrs. Gore was the widow of Charles Arthur Gore, of 1st Life Guards; she was married to him in 1823. A son of hers, a young man of one or two and twenty, accompanied the Prince of Wales during his recent visit to Canada and this country.
xerted himself with all his accustomed energy to prevent the effusion of blood, and he succeeded. For this service the King, shortly after, in 1822, struck his name from the army roll. It was a serious matter for him, for he had expended several thousand pounds in the purchase of commissions; but his constituents immediately opened a subscription, which more than reimbursed him. He had soon an opportunity of gratifying his favorite passion. France declared war against the Spanish Cortez in 1823. Wilson immediately repaired to Spain, and entered the service of the Cortez. He was desperately wounded at the battle of Corunna, and escaped with difficulty to Lisbon, just in time to witness the complete overthrow of the Cortez. We are under the impression that he was imprisoned, but we are not sure. At any rate, the King of Portugal, the King of Spain, the King of Prussia, the Emperor of Russia, and Franci of Austria, (whom he had saved from captivity,) all recalled the Orders which th
The late Judge McLean. --The telegraph has announced the death of the Hon. John McLean, of Ohio, one of the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge McLean has been for some time past in feeble health, but when he recently left Washington city for his home was supposed to have in some degree recovered. Judge McLean was a native of New Jersey, where he was born in 1785, but removed at a very early age to the Western country. He went to Congress from Cincinnati district in 1812, and was returned in 1814, by a unanimous vote from his constituents. In 1816 he became a Supreme Judge of Ohio; in 1822 he was appointed Commissioner of the Land Office by President Madison, and in 1823 he became Postmaster General. In 1829 he was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court by President Jackson, having previously declined the War and Navy Departments which were tendered to him. In this latter position, as is known, he continued until his death.
, Sir Alexander Forester Cochrane, who, in 1814, took Washington City, the Capital of the United States, and burned the public buildings. In February, 1814, Lord Cochrane, the subject of this article, then a member of Parliament, was accused of having spread a false report of the death of Napoleon for the purpose of affecting the price of stocks, and was condemned to a year's imprisonment and a fine of £ 1,000. He was also excluded from Parliament and the order of the Bath. The fine was paid by his friends; his innocence was afterwards established. In 1818 Lord Cochrane took the command of the naval force of Chile, which he conducted with great credit, and afterwards that of Brazil. In 1823, the Emperor Don Pedro created him Marquis of Maranham. After the peace between Portugal and Brazil he returned to England. In 1826 he intended to enter the Greek service, and finally did enter it in 1827. He continued in that service until the following year, and then returned to England.
ready to receive them, and only some two hundred sand-bag had been filled. On the Pawnee's arrival, the body was removed to the engine-house in the yard, under the escort of two companies of the 71st Regiment, a guard of marines, and the sailors who took part in the action, with the riddled flag carried in the action, where it was laid out preparatory to its being sent to New York for interment. All the flags in the yard, and on the boats at the wharves, were immediately displayed at half mast. Capt. Ward was fifty-five years old, or more. He was born in Connecticut, where he has resided while on shore. In 1823 he entered the navy. In rank he was near the head of the list of commanders. Capt. Ward was brave to a fault. He knew not the word fear, and hardly saw danger. --Fond of his profession, he has written several works which are text books in naval matters. His most considerable work is entitled "Naval Gunnery." He has also written a popular treatise on steam.
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