gate in the next yard, or his neighbor's wash carefully hung upon his clothes-line.
The term “Town and Gown” brings to mind here none of the animated scenes of the streets of Oxford
Yet although Paige
's History of Cambridge
's History of the college contain no accounts of students with broken heads in personal encounter with townspeople with battered faces, there are evidences therein of more peaceful encounters.
Young men of many generations have treasured warm recollections of the graceful hospitality of Cambridge
The young student may be at the time a little critical.
John Quincy Adams
writes in his diary while a student,--“I went to take tea at Mr. Pearson
's. I got seated between Miss
E. and Miss
H. but could not enjoy the pleasures of conversation because the music was introduced.
Music is a great enemy to sociability and however agreeable it may be, sometimes there are occasions when I should wish it might be dispensed with.”
Doubtless, the Cambridge
girl of to-day will recognize the conceit of the student of the present time in another passage from the same diary: “The young ladies at Mr. Wigglesworth
's dined at Judge Dana
's. I went down there with Bridge to tea, and passed the time very sociably.
The conversation turned upon divers topics, and among the rest upon love, which is almost always the case when there are ladies present.”
This was in 1786, but earlier the overseers of the college had recognized the hospitality of the townspeople by forbidding the students in 1760, “from dining or supping in any house in town, except on an invitation to dine or sup gratis
It may be that Cambridge
tables were too sumptuously provided, for three years before this the overseers had