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[17] twenty-seven years, Town Clerk twenty-four years, Assistant (or Councillor) to Governor twenty years, and Deputy Governor ten years; he was also Treasurer of Harvard College nineteen years; and held other important offices, all of which he discharged with the utmost fidelity. In 1643 he had married Mary Withington of Dorchester, and in 1652 he had sold his house which had been his father's and was on “Back Lane,” and had built a house at a point on the Charlestown road a little way east of Oxford street. He had here about one hundred and twenty acres of land on both sides of Kirkland street, extending from the Somerville line to Gore Hall and including the Delta and lands east of it.

Mr. Danforth had a large family, but nearly all died before him, some of them from consumption, so that his real estate in Cambridge went to his daughter, Mrs. Foxcroft. In his description of his estate we have a realistic picture of the district in 1699: “My new dwelling house in Cambridge, with all the offices and buildings belonging thereto, together with my two orchards lying near to the same and all other my lands, swamps, medows, pastures, corn lands, adjoining thereto, the whole being by estimation about one hundred acres more or less, and is all fenced round about.”

Judge Foxcroft thus became a resident of Cambridge about 1700. At that time no bridges directly connected it with Boston and the place retained its colonial character. Besides the group of buildings near the river, it is said that there was only one at East Cambridge, only four in Cambridgeport, and some seven west of Harvard Square, all these being large estates with fine mansions and the appointments of wealth.

The Danforth or Foxcroft estate was the only one

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