At the beginning of the Revolution the larger proportion of the inhabitants of Cambridge
were true to their own country in its struggle for liberty; but there were a few, office holders or those belonging to the aristocratic class, who maintained their allegiance to the King
It was to this class that the owners of almost every estate on the present Brattle street belonged; and because of this fact it was popularly designated as Tory Row.
It was also known as Church Row, and another name was the romantic title, the King
There were seven in all of these manor houses, surrounded by their farms and gardens.
The occupants were largely related to one another, and they formed a very select circle.
Few indeed outside of their own number were permitted to join in their festivities.
Upon the breaking out of hostilities, the most of those with Tory proclivities were obliged to leave their homes, and in some cases to flee from their country.
Their estates were confiscated and leased by the Committee of Correspondence.
Taking the houses in the order in which they are located, commencing at the east end of the street, we come first to the house on the left hand side of Brattle street next to the University
Press, now occupied by the Social Union