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Cambridge a city. George Rufus Cook. Dante might choose his home in all the wide, beautiful world; but to be out of the streets of Florence was exile to him. Socrates never cared to go beyond the bounds of Athens. The great universal heart welcomes the city as a natural growth of the eternal forces. F. B. Sanborn. Rome, Venice, Cambridge! I take it for an ascending scale, Rome being the first step and Cambridge the glowing apex. But you would n't know Cambridge—with its railroad, and its water-works, and its new houses. J. R. Lowell. [1856.] There were three memorable Cambridge days in 1846. On the 17th of March, Governor Briggs signed the legislative act, which incorporated the City of Cambridge. On the 30th day of the same month, the voters of Cambridge adopted this act. On May 4, the first city government was inaugurated, and the career of Cambridge as a chartered municipality began. It is the purpose of this chapter to indicate the progress which Cambridge