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[30] found but two recognized autobiographers,--Stephen Burroughs and Henry Tufts; but it made itself manifest on every Commencement Day at Cambridge and at every “Cornwallis” --a form of military muster — on Waltham Plain. John Holmes, who always got closer to the heart of the community than any one else, thus depicted some of its elements in Cambridge through a magazine called The Writer:--

“Old Cambridge in Mr. Lowell's youth was little more than a village; indeed, the expression, ‘down to the village,’ was in use. The old Puritan industry and thrift prevailed; but there were those who were not content with life in water colors, but demanded a stronger liquid to produce the desired tints, and chose the path of pleasure rather than that of thrift. They did some desultory work, in deference to necessity, but their best efforts were given to the small game on the marshes. The exertion necessary in this pursuit, they could endure, it being free from any taint of regular industry. But angling, sedentary and contemplative, was their preference. To throw the line into the dark eddies ”

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