Survey Committee Report and Map, 1684

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Whereas we who have hereunto subscribed were chosen and appointed by the Honorable General Court as a Committee to view and take notice of the most convenient place for the dividing line to be run between the town of Cambridge and the Farms towards Concord (which is ordered to be a village) and to return our opinion to the said Court therein, in order whereunto we accordingly have been upon the place, and have received information from, and heard the allegations of both parties, and in conclusion upon the whole matter, we humbly conceive, and it is our opinion, that the most convenient place for the dividing line to run is, at the first small run of water or swampy place, over which there is a kind of bridge in the way on the southerly side of Francis Whitmore's House towards the town of Cambridge aforesaid, which line is to run across the neck of land that lies between Woburn line and that of Watertown side, upon a southwest and northeast course—which we humbly present to the consideration of this Honorable Court, and remain
Your most Humble Servants

Thomas Prentiss
John Saffyn
John Fayerweather

The return presented to the Court
by the committee.
Edward Rawson, Secretary


Written along the boundary lines:

Containing one mile, 20 rods or 340 rods, which runs about 40 or 50 rods to the northward of our meetinghouse.

Left side:
Containing nine miles or 2880 rods. This line is adjoining to Watertown.

Right side:
Containing nine miles and one quarter; that is = 2960 rods. The line is adjoining to Woburn.

This line contains four miles or 1280 rods, adjoining to Concord.


Next to the building at the bottom: meeting house

At the appropriate point on each long side: 5 miles