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[p. 50] bastion of Pasture hill,’ with only the ‘varge-way’ between it and the river.

There are various queries in the notes that require a lot of study to answer, but this we have from the city engineer:—

‘High street at Governors avenue is twenty-five feet above Boston base (about eighteen above the normal level of present river at Armory bridge), and the bend in Grand View avenue, rear of Historical building, sixty-one feet, is forty-five feet higher.’

Judging by the ‘crest’ along Governors avenue (between Terrace road and Cedar), it was probably then much higher than now.

Mr. Stetson came to a wise conclusion in saying ‘a man had to get rich,’ etc., to ‘excavate Pasture hill.’ Steam shovels and dynamite were unknown in those early days, and it certainly was ‘some job’ to ‘make the earth over,’ as has been done in this immediate quarter. It has been a gradual process, as some now living can remember.

Now note another section of the ‘dump’ papers, which we present verbatim, and let any who can (with certainty) fill the blanks.

The north-side houses.

A—Mr. Magoun's place was west of the greatest elevation, so he did not have to excavate, but did a great deal of grading and terracing. House (Library) built about 18—.

B—the Hebden house was a small two-story, ill-painted, white house, close to Mr. Magoun's east line. This and all the other eastern houses were crowded to the sidewalk. It had no back yard. Very steep right up behind the house; coarse grass on the steep; no gravel visible. An English laboring man named Hebden lived here about 1845 to 1850. Built——.

Query: Get the construction dates of every house.

C—the John Johnson house was old, black, gambrel roof; may be very old; built A. D.——. He had two sons, Theophilus and Cleopas. Mrs. Johnson, a brisk, little, clear-starching dame, had no particular clothes-yard, and dried her clothes anywhere. She had a very narrow lean — to back of the house—no back yard. Steep went right up from the lean-to. Coarse grass on it; no red gravel visible.


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