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An early criticism of Medford history.

Referring to the visit of Lafayette to Medford, August 28, 1824, and his entertainment and dinner at Governor Brooks', the author wrote, ‘of all the persons at that table, the writer of this alone survives.’

Attached to Mr. Swan's copy is the following in his handwriting:

‘This is a remarkable error of the author, and shows a want of polite attention, to forget that Mrs. Col. Brooks, the Governor's daughter — in law who presided at the collation, is still living in Dedham. Mrs. Brooks says the [p. 52] following gentlemen who were present are also now living: General Sumner, Major Swett, Rev. Andrew Bigelow, who asked the blessing, [all] of Boston, Rev. Geo. Burnap of Baltimore, Dr. Swan [and] Mr. Dudley Hall of Medford. George Stuart, Canada, the Governor's grandson is also thought to have been present.’ (Letter from Mrs. P. Swan, Jan. 5, 1856.)

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