useless after a few years' trial and their removal has now been ordered by the city government, so that the avenue may return to its dignified quiet, reminding us of the remark of Dr. Abiel Holmes
, “It is generally conceded that this town eminently combines the tranquillity of philosophic solitude with the choicest pleasures and advantages of refined society.”
This quotation reminds one of the valuable sketch of Cambridge
by his son, Mr. John Holmes
, in the History of Middlesex County
With flashes of wit which strongly remind his readers of his brother, the poet, Mr. Holmes
gives his own recollections of Cambridge
in the past.
He says that the houses on Kirkland street were erected about 1821, and that east of the Delta
, now occupied by Memorial Hall, was a swamp extending to the higher ground and there terminating in the forest.
He says that he himself has seen.
Indian corn growing where the Scientific School
now stands, and that, in his early recollections, but one house stood on Kirkland street, “a dilapidated, untenantable Foxcroft house,” of which more presently.
The fact must not be omitted that the troops destined to participate in the Battle of Bunker Hill
took their way over the Charlestown Road
, which had no part in the route of the troops in April. One British detachment then passed north of it by what was called Milk Row, now Beacon street, Somerville
; the second detachment left Boston
by way of the Neck, came over the Brighton Bridge
and went on through North avenue.
Returning, the harassed redcoats came down that avenue and again went by Milk Row homeward.
But, before Bunker Hill
, the Committee of Safety held a session in the house at the head of Kirkland street, then the headquarters