This text is part of:
Table of Contents:
 16, 1858, of certain land situated in West Cambridge, to George H. Gray, John Field, Reuben Hopkins and John Osborn, all of West Cambridge, permanent trustees in trust for the use and maintenance of a high school or academy. It having long been the desire of many citizens of the town to establish and maintain a school of that character in the place, for the instruction and education of youth of both sexes, certain citizens had organized themselves into an association for that purpose and had appointed the above-named gentlemen, being one from each of the four religious societies of the town, viz. the Orthodox, Unitarian, Universalist and Baptist, to carry out their plan. In consequence of the generous gift of Mr. Cotting, the trustees named the school the Cotting Academy. Suitable buildings were soon afterward erected on this lot of land, which was situated on ‘the north-west side of a new street laid out over land late of said Cotting, leading into the main high road from West Cambridge to Lexington.’ The gift was subject to various proper restrictions and conditions, the chief of which was, that no school shall be kept on the premises, or permitted to be kept, by the said trustees or their successors, of a lower grade than a high school, ‘to the end that any pupil thereof, so desiring, shall at all times have opportunity of being thoroughly educated in such school, in any and all the branches of learning required for admission into Harvard University at Cambridge, and other American colleges.’ On failure of said trustees and their successors to keep and maintain, or cause to be kept and maintained, such school or academy for the period of six successive months, then said Cotting or his heirs may re-enter and take immediate possession of said land as of his first and former estate, and the buildings thereon, if not removed within three months after notice, shall become the property of said Cotting or his heirs. The deed permitting a transfer to the town on the same conditions, the town of West Cambridge assumed the above responsibilities, and on Sept. 16, 1864, purchased from the trustees their interest in the estate, and gave the school the name of the Cot-Ting High School. The establishment of this academy formed a new starting-point in the prosperity of the town. Some of the principal men had avowed their determination to leave the place unless such a school could be established. Couch, Moses R., of Frankfort, and Martha Fowle of Lexington, m. 26 Nov. 1815. Cowdry, Isaac, of Reading, and Ruthy Prentiss of Camb., m. 30 Aug. 1795. Cowell, Mrs., of Boston, d. at Joseph Winship's, 24 June, 1746, a. 24. Cox, Matthew, had Walter, b. 15, bap. 19 Dec. 1742, d. 26 Dec. 1742, a. 10 days. The father m. Elizabeth Russell, 1739. 2. Samuel, of Camb. deceased-had Samuel, a. 7, and Lydia, a. 9, bap. 7 Apr. 1776. He was s. of Matthew (1).—See Paige, 518.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.