ance of 1787 for the government of the North-west Territory, by which a vast domain was saved to freedom.
Rev. Samuel Langdon had become president of the college, July 18, 1774.
Immediately after the battle of Lexington (April 19, 1775), Cambridge became the Headquarters of the troops for the siege of Boston, then held by the British.
The students were ordered to leave the buildings, which were turned into barracks.
The institution was temporarily removed to Concord.
Washington arrived, July 2; and on the next day took command of the patriot army under the ancient elm which still attracts many a pilgrim.
Sumner did not follow his teachers to Concord, but, in May, joined the army at Cambridge, with the rank of an ensign.
He had already acquired some knowledge of the drill in a college company, called the Marti-Mercurian Band, which existed in the years 1770-87,
Reminiscences of the Old College Company, or Marti-Mercurian Band, in Columbian Centinel, Boston, April 2, 1828, by Cha