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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) 9 1 Browse Search
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Cambridge town, 1750-1846. Andrew McFarland Davis. The period in the history of Cambridge which we are about to consider naturally divides itself into two portions, the line of separation between which is furnished by the Revolution. The marked differences in the career of the town, caused by its change from a township in the Royal Province of Massachusetts Bay to one of the fundamental parts which constituted the State of Massachusetts, would attract the attention of the most casual observer. Geographically it had already been greatly reduced in area. During the period which we are considering it was to be still further curtailed by the incorporation of Brighton and West Cambridge as separate townships, while as a slight compensation the area along the river west of Sparks Street was to be taken from Watertown and added to the jurisdiction of Cambridge. As we first view the town in 1750, there is much that is picturesque in the placid life of its inhabitants, who numbere
he had attained his master's degree, even though it might at the time be awarded to. another. This fund, as Mr. Andrew McFarland Davis, who discovered it anew a few years ago, expresses it, established the first scholarship in Harvard, and unquesd in the college. It lapsed for many a long year, but it has at last been reestablished through the instrumentality of Mr. Davis. Mr. Davis published his researches not far from the time that those interested in the education of women by the proMr. Davis published his researches not far from the time that those interested in the education of women by the professors of Harvard College were seeking a name for their institution, and it was decided that the maiden name of the founder of the first scholarship in the parent institution was by far the most appropriate for a college which was to give collegiate instruction to her sex. The investigations of Mr. Davis had established, as well as it could be established under the circumstances, that Radcliffe was the name which the bride of Mr. Moulson had borne before her marriage, and therefore it was cho