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The Cambridge of eighteen hundred and ninety-six: a picture of the city and its industries fifty years after its incorporation (ed. Arthur Gilman) 8 2 Browse Search
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n for Bunker Hill. Two sergeants carrying dark lanterns were a few paces in front, and the intrenching tools in carts brought up the rear. Few of the men were aware of the object of the expedition until they halted at Charlestown Neck. Here Major Brooks and General Putnam joined them, and the main body, together with a fatigue party of two hundred Connecticut troops, marched over to Bunker Hill, and about midnight began their work. This Common contained also the famous elm under which WashPresident of the United States, made his last tour through New England. At Weston, October 23, he was met by a company of horse from Cambridge, and escorted to this Common. On arrival, he was saluted with salvos of artillery under charge of General Brooks, who met him at the head of about one thousand militia. Soon after, he left the Common, and proceeded to Harvard Hall, to meet the officers of the college, who had assembled to receive him. One hundred years ago, the college Commencement
om the near neighborhood of Harvard College. In order to secure the perpetual maintenance of Mr. Reed's good purposes, and to remove the future of the school from the changing fortunes of church parties, a board of lay trustees was chosen, made up of men in sympathy with these purposes and having power to fill vacancies in their number. This wise provision has been approved by the experience of nearly thirty years. The school is doing to-day the work for which it was planned; so that Bishop Brooks said of it: We may well be specially and profoundly thankful that we have in our great seminary at Cambridge a home and nursery of faith and learning which no school in our Church has ever surpassed. Full of deep sympathy with present thought; quick with the spirit of inquiry; eager to train its men to think and reason; equipped with teaching power of the highest order; believing in the ever-increasing manifestation of the truth of God; anxious to blend the most earnest piety with the m
Dr. A. P. Peabody was chosen president. He was succeeded by Mr. J. B. Warner in October, 1884, and by Rev. E. H. Hall in 1891; after Mr. Hall's resignation, Rev. Dr. Edward Abbott was elected president, and now holds the office. Mr. William Taggard Piper succeeded Dr. Emerton as secretary in March, 1882, and he was followed in 1889 by Mr. Arthur E. Jones, the present secretary. Dr. Vaughan performed invaluable service as director until his departure for California, in 1895; and Mr. John Graham Brooks has made his special knowledge in the field of organized charity and social questions of great advantage in the enlargement of the work now being effected. In March, 1883, Mr. J. Watson Harris was appointed paid agent of the society with especial reference to the needs of the Cambridgeport conference; after more than twelve years of faithful service in this capacity, he resigned in November, 1895. Miss Pear's conscientious and valuable labors continued until her resignation was a
rship and of prominence in other respects in the university. The weekly meeting of the Union is held on Wednesday evening. At this time there is usually a lecture, often by some member of the Harvard Faculty. Lectures have been delivered by President Eliot, Professors Charles Eliot Norton, Francis G. Peabody, W. W. Goodwin, F. W. Taussig, A. B. Hart, G. H. Palmer, and many other members of the Harvard Faculty; also by Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Rt. Rev. William Lawrence, Mr. John Graham Brooks, Rt. Rev. J. H. Vincent, Mr. John Fiske, Dean George Hodges, Mrs. Julia Ward Howe, Mrs. Lucy Stone, Mrs. Alice Freeman Palmer, Miss Vida D. Scudder, Rev. Dr. Lyman Abbott, Rev. Dr. Washington Gladden, etc., etc. The lecturers, like the teachers, receive no pay for their services in money. The Prospect Union is not a charitable institution. Its members, who number over six hundred, pay a regular fee of three dollars a year or twenty-five cents a month. They are workingmen of almo