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An Old Bofton Watch Maker

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, October, 1946

An Old Bofton Watch Maker
By Harold B. Osborne

Richard Cranch was his name, and he was alive 200 years ago, for in 1761 he advertised in the Boston Gazette that he was "in bufiness" again, this time in "Bofton," having but recently moved there from Salem. His announcement also advertised the stagechaise which ran between Salem and Boston in 1767.

Cranch's ad, according to an 1892 issue of Putnam's Monthly Historical Magazine, was as follows:
"Richard Cranch, from England, Who lately carried on the WATCH MAKER's bufinefs at Salem, hereby informs the Public, That he has removed from thence to Bofton, where he carries on the fame Bufiness, at his Shop in Hanover-Street, a little to the Southward of the Mill-Bridge. And he would particularly inform the Gentlemen of Salem, Marblehead, and the neighboring Towns, who favour'd him with their Cuftom before he remov'rl that they may have their Watches bro't to him, and carried back again to Salem free of any Charge for Carriage, by applying to Mr. Boardman, who goes regularly three times a Week in the Stage-Chaife between Salem and Bofton."

Cranch was described by the historical magazine as "the father of the late Hon. Wm. Cranch, of the Circuit Court of D. C., whose son, Christopher Pearse Cranch, is the well-known artist and poet. Then Mr. Cranch resided in Salem he frequently received visits from John Adams. His house was in Mill street, near the corner of Norman street. It is said Copley, the painter, was often here in those days." 


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