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hine among the Indians, the blacks, and the whites, was his message to Quakers on the Dela- Chap. XVI.} ware. His heart was with the settlements of which he had been the pioneer; and, a few weeks before his death, he exhorted Friends in America to be the light of the world, the salt to preserve earth from corruption. Covetousness, he adds, is idolatry; and he bids them beware of that idol for which so many lose morality and humanity. On his death-bed, the venerable apostle of equality 1691 Jan. 13. was lifted above the fear of dying, and, esteeming the change hardly deserving of mention, his thoughts turned to the New World. Pennsylvania, arid Delaware, and West New Jersey, and now Rhode Island, and in some measure North Carolina, were Quaker states; as his spirit, awakening from its converse with shadows, escaped from the exile of fallen humanity, nearly his last words were—Mind poor Friends in America. His works praise him. Neither time nor place can dissolve fellowship with
ere adopted, and were, in the following years, 1691. improved by providing military stores, and estrevenue; and, in May, the Huguenots were fully 1691. May 1. enfranchised, as though they had been frly period, been introduced from Madagascar; in 1691, the legislature was already busy in rewarding mple, which was often imitated. The denial of 1691. this system by the crown increased the aversiroprietary, who could be convicted of no crime 1691. but his creed, and impatient of judicial formsgrew up; the council divided; protests ensued; 1691 April 1. the members from the territories withdis deputy under the bad name of a Jacobite. In 1691, Coxe conveyed such authority as he had to the onstituted by the popular act. In January of 1691, the Beaver arrived in New 1691 York harbor wi prisoners, eight in number, were promptly ar- 1691. raigned before a special court constituted for were less liberal to Massachusetts than Clar- 1691. Oct. 7. endon and Charles II. The freemen o[2 more...]
red, the bills of the colony, which continued to be issued, were made, in all payments, a legal tender, and, instead of bearing interest, were received at the treasury at five per cent. advance. Repulsed from Canada, the exhausted colonies at- 1691 to 1696. tempted little more than the defence of their frontiers. Their borders were full of terror and sorrow, of captivity and death; but no designs of conquest were formed. If Schuyler made an irruption into the 1691. French settlements on t1691. French settlements on the Sorel, it was only to gain successes in a skirmish, and to effect a safe retreat. A French ship anchoring in Port Royal, the red cross Nov. 26. that floated over the town made way for the banner of France; and Acadia was once more a dependence on Canada. In January, 1692, a party of French and 1692. Indians, coming in snow-shoes from the east, burst upon the town of York, offering its inhabitants no choice but captivity or death. The fort which was rebuilt at Pemaquid was, at least, an a
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 1., Literal copy of Births, deaths, and Marriages in Medford from earliest records. (search)
July 15 1690 Mary Willis the daughter of Stephen and Hannah Willis Borne September 19: 1690 John Hall the sone of John and Jemina Hall was borne February 6: 169 0/1 Jonathan Tufts the sone of Jonathan & Rebeckah tufts was Borne november 29: 1691 Ruth Bradshoe the daughter of John Bradshoe & mary his wife was borne September 8: 1690 Sarah Bradshoe the daughter of John Bradshoe & mary his wife was borne october 27th: 1690 Sarah Bradshoe the daughter of John Bradshoe & mary his wife dyed August 22: 1691 Samuell Tufts sone of Peter & mercy Tufts was borne February 19: 169 1/2 Jacob Chamberlain sone of Jacob and Experiens Chamberlain was Borne February 23: 169 1/2 Nathaniell Tufts lone of John & mary Tufts was Borne June 24: 1692 William hall sone of John & Jemina Hall was Borne October 22: 1692 Samuell Tufts sone of Peter Tufts & mercy his wife dyed June 5: 1693 Amos Woodward sone of Daniell & Elizibeth woodward borne June 11 mercy Blanchard daughter George
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., The development of the public School of Medford. (search)
ing-house, passed at a town-meeting held Nov. 30, 1691, which reads: At A meeting of the Inhabitants of Medford voted that Mr. John Hall, Sen. and Capt. Peter Tufts shall intreat Mada Wade and the overseer of maior Jonathan Wades farme for one quarter of an acre of land for the erecting and setting a meeting house near or upon the Land that sd maior formerly appointed for a Schoole house that sd meadford may injoy for their publick house. Thus one citizen, at least, had previous to the year 1691 given some thought to the establishment of a school, though there is no evidence that the town ever took any action upon the matter. There were at this time only twenty eight names on the tax list, so a school was not compulsory. Nothing further appears about a school for nearly eighteen years, the meeting-house question probably filling the minds and emptying the pockets of the people so that there was no chance for school or school-house. The meeting-house, the agitation for which was
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 6., The Lawrence Light Guard.—Continued. (search)
s the quarter of an hour, and furthermore, it never had but one hand, and that the hour hand. What sort of a mess would the men of today make of their work if but five only out of one hundred possessed time-pieces, and these with the hour hand only? The witchcraft trials of Salem, 1692, furnish much evidence as to the temporary use of words of timemeas-urement. They referred to three fixed times; sunrise, noon, and sunset. Parris, the minister at Salem village, notes that on November i, 1691, he called a meeting, For tomorrow an hour and a half before sundown. The entry the next day is, After sunset about seventeen of the brethren met. Owing to the indefiniteness of time, some of these brethren must have wasted at least an hour and a half. Yet their needs seem to have been satisfied. Each house was sufficient to itself, for it had its water, its fuel, its lights, its stocks of food in the cellar, and a snow storm that to us would be a calamity was to them an inconvenience.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 7., Some old Medford houses and estates. (search)
when purchased by Mr. Peter Tufts, senior. All traces of this house have long since disappeared, and even the land on which it stood has been manufactured into bricks. The so-called Cradock House was, without doubt, built by Mr. Peter Tufts, senior, between the years 1677 and 1680, and should be called the Peter Tufts House. This house passed through the ownership of many persons down to the present day; it is now in the possession of Gen. S. C. Lawrence. The Jonathan Tufts house. In 1691, Mr. Peter Tufts, senior, sold to his son, Mr. Jonathan Tufts (brother of Captain Peter), thirty-nine acres of land, with dwelling house, barn and other buildings. This land is described as beginning at the northerly corner thereof at a point where the boundary lines of Charlestown, Malden and Medford unite, and was bounded northwesterly on the country road from Meadford to Malden, west on land of Peter Tufts, junior, southeast on land of Peter Tufts, senior. The greater part of this thirt
cessary that there be a House of Entertainment kept in Meadford, have nominated and appointed Daniel Woodward to keep the same and we do present it to this Honored Court believing you would grant him a license. Meadford the 14th, April, 1690, by order of the Selectmen, Nath. Wade. John Hall Jun. The court granted Mr. Woodward a license. Where his house was located we have no means of determining (possibly it was the Willis Tavern). He kept a tavern in Medford one year only; the next year (1691) we find him located in Woburn. The want of a tavern in the town induced the selectmen to again address the court. Meadford June 17, 1691, Whereas we are destitute of a Public House of Entertainment for strangers &c. and Mr. Thomas Willis proffering to supply said defect, the Selectmen of Meadford do allow of his proffer accounting him a fitting man for that purpose. Nath. Wade. Stephen Willis. Selectmen of Meadford. The court granted Mr. Willis a license. Again in the year 1692 the sel
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