literature; that of George Livermore
, devoted especially to Bibles and Biblical literature; and that of Thomas Dowse
, a leather-dresser in Cambridgeport
, whose remarkable historical collections were bequeathed to the Massachusetts Historical Society.
At a time when the Harvard Library
held but forty thousand books, these collections had a relative importance which they would not now possess.
They were enough to make Cambridge
, in its library opportunities, whereas for music and the plastic arts Cambridge
had then as now to seek Boston
; and at that day would have been more liable even than Boston
to the criticism made by a brilliant New York woman, upon the latter city, some thirty years ago, that it was a place where music, painting, and sculpture “seemed to be regarded simply as branches of literature” ; in other words, people knew more of the biographies of artists than of their works.
We boys knew the early traditions of Cambridge
: of the famous hunt which brought in seventy-six wolves' heads as late as 1696, and the hunts which yielded many bears annually down