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Holmes, writing in 1800, says,
Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll., VII. 6.—
The First Parish in Cambridge contains,2,85160
The Second Parish in Cambridge contains,4,345118
The Third Parish in Cambridge contains,2,66081
The original organization of these parishes will be mentioned elsewhere.
Their separation from the parent trunk occurred almost simultaneously.
The third parish was incorporated as the town of Brighton, Feb. 24, 1807, and became a part of the city of Boston, Jan. 1, 1874.
The second parish was incorporated as the town of West Cambridge, by an Act passed Feb. 27, 1807, but not to take effect until June 1, 1807; its corporate name was changed to Arlington, April 30, 1867.
By the incorporation of these two towns, Cambridge lost nearly three quarters of its territory, but probably somewhat less than half of its population.
The political disturbances in the country, at the commencement of the present century, were disastrous to its commercial prosperity.