observer, Thomas Nuttall, whose works on botany and ornithology were pioneers in New England.
These books we read, on the very ground which had produced them; and Nuttall's charming accounts of birds, especially, were as if written in our own garden and orchard.
We further discovered that in passing from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century Old Cambridge passed from the domain of a somewhat elementary science to a more than elementary literature.
The appointment of John Quincy Adams (1806) as Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory, had a distinct influence on the literary tendencies of Cambridge, and his two volumes of lectures still surprise the reader by their good sense and judgment.
Levi Hedge, about the same time (18 10), became Professor of Logic and Metaphysics, and he furnished what was for many years the standard American textbook on the former subject.
A few years more brought to Cambridge (between 1811 and 1822) a group of men at that time unequalled in this country a