The governor put me into the commission of the peace; the corporation of the city chose me of the common council, and soon after an alderman; and the citizens at large chose me a burgess to represent them in Assembly.
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aldermen usually represent city wards
Mary Whitney said she [Mrs. Parkinson] ought to have been the Alderman herself, as she was the better man.