on Linden street, between Mt. Auburn
and Massachusetts avenue, and stands well back, with its side to the street.
A path leads up to it, between old borders of fragrant box. This house was built about 1761 by the Rev.
East Apthorp, first rector of Christ Church.
When the Puritans feared Mr. Apthorp
was aspiring to a bishopric in this country, he was forced by popular feeling to return to England
The house was next occupied by John Borland
, a merchant, who lived there until the Revolution.
Then General Putnam
took it for the headquarters of the Connecticut
troops, and it was so used until the Battle of Bunker Hill
Next General Burgoyne
was placed there for safe keeping.
It is now owned by the daughters of Doctor Plympton
, in whose family it has been for over one hundred years. The house is exquisitely preserved.
In the stately drawing-room, to the left of the front door, there are, about the fireplace, quaint blue Dutch
tiles, and a fireback representing Britannia.
The balusters of the staircase are beautifully carved by hand.
In the second story chamber once occupied by General Burgoyne
, the walls are panelled and covered with landscape paper.
On the front door are a huge brass knocker and lock, while the iron key is sufficiently ponderous to lock a Bastile against intruders.
The house is built with exceeding care: the clapboards and shingles are split instead of planed, air-spaces are left between the middle brick wall and the two outer wooden ones, and indeed every pains has been taken to render the house a complete and beautiful whole.
It is hard to turn from my subject and lay down my pen, for somehow in Cambridge
there lurks a subtle charm potent over the hearts of all, even of those who sojourn here but for a time.