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Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 2 2 0 Browse Search
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Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 2, The old South meeting House (1876). (search)
aby,--How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour, And gather honey all the day From every opening flower. It is industry; it is thrift; it is comfort; it is wealth. But on Bunker Hill let somebody point out to you the church-tower whose lantern told Paul Revere that Middlesex was to be invaded. Search till your eye rests on this tiny spire which trembled once when the mock Indian whoop bade England defiance. There is the elm where Washington first drew his sword. Here Winter Hill, whose cannon-ball struck Brattle-Street Church. At your feet the sod is greener for the blood of Warren, which settled it forever that no more laws were to be made for us in London. The thrill you feel is that sentiment which, in 1862, made twenty million men, who had wrangled for forty years, close up their angry ranks and carry that insulted bunting to the Gulf, treading down dissensions and prejudices harder to conquer than Confederate cannon. We cannot afford to close any school w
Historic leaves, volume 3, April, 1904 - January, 1905, Charlestown schools within the peninsula Revolutionary period (search)
ortant committees prior to and during the first years of the Revolution. The name of his mother was Sarah Clark. He married Hannah Bradish, who is said to have died in 1800, at the advanced age of ninety-four. They had thirteen children, of whom Henry Phillips Sweetser was prominent in Charlestown affairs for many years. This was the father of Colonel John Sweetser, styled architect by Wyman, who built for John Olin, Jr., in the early years of the last century, the house at the top of Winter Hill, once occupied by Edward Everett, and for many years owned by John S. Edgerly. Later, as most people know, it was extensively repaired by Mr. Hittenger, its next owner, who left its style of architecture as we now see it. Another teacher of this period was Robert Calley, but we are at a loss just when to place him. He may have acted as substitute or assistant for Mr. Sweetser during the last years of that gentleman's career. We are indebted to Wyman for our account of him. He was the
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 29., The history of the Royall house and its occupants. (search)
ture, and yet the elements were very severe and many deaths ensued during the first few years. Men left stately manors at home and took up life in this country, living in rude log cabins, felling trees and clearing ground, and never a backward look. Probably the first white man who wandered over this part of the country was Myles Standish and his exploring party from Plymouth in 1621. John Winthrop, the first Governor of Massachusetts Bay Company, took up his abode on what is now Winter Hill. He was granted six hundred acres in 2631 which was named by him The Ten Hills Farm. The record reads: Sept. 6, 1631 granted to Mr Governor 600 acres to be sett forth by metes & bounds, near his home in Mystic to be held by him and his heirs forever. The date of the building of the original portion of the Royall House is uncertain; some writers claim that as a farmhouse it was built in the early days of Winthrop's ownership, probably about 1637. It was a brick house, two and one-hal