County itself helped to keep the bridge in repair, and even the General Court occasionally granted money on its account.
It would take too long to review in detail all the important events that have happened here, such as the brilliant scene in 1716 when Colonel Shute
, the newly made governor of Massachusetts
and New Hampshire
, was met at the bridge by Spencer Phips
, with his “Troop of Horse, the Sheriff
and other gentlement of the County
,” and conducted by them to Harvard College, where he was entertained with a long oration, all in Latin.
It was nearly sixty years after that gala day, that the planks of the Great Bridge
were hastily torn up and piled along the Cambridge
side in order to impede the march of Lord Percy's advancing reinforcements, on the nineteenth of April, 1775.
Then what days and weeks followed.
Many a time has Washington
gazed on these tiny waves, or lifted his eyes to the misty hills, softly outlined against the sky, as he pondered over the fortunes of the venturesome colonies.
Sweet Dorothy Dudley
, whose journal we read so recently, has paused here to note the changing green of the marshes as she carried her lint and bandages to the improvised hospitals.
We can fancy her forgetting the absorbing subject of the war for a minute and knitting her pretty brows in perplexity over the aberrations of President Dunster
and thinking what a dreadful thing it is when the Evil One originates peculiar “views on baptism” to confound college professors.
The afternoon is too short for us to pass in review the many who have felt their puzzles and bothers somewhat soothed by thy even flow, O River Charles!
No less dear are the recent associations with the river.
What venturesome scribbler would dare