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Cambridge sketches (ed. Estelle M. H. Merrill), The oldest road in Cambridge. (search)
n this road that General Warren hurried to the battle. Back over it came the troops after the battle; and by this road were brought the wounded to the hospitals, chief among these being Colonel Thomas Gardner of Cambridge, commanding the first Middlesex regiment, who died July 3. Thus the old road has been glorious in war. A plan of Cambridge in 1635 shows the allotments of ground extending from the river as far north as Cow-yard Lane which ran east and west about in the line of Dane Hall;the First Church in Boston in 1717 and was an excellent minister. Francis, after the English plan, succeeded his father. He occupied the ancestral estate, and spent the most of his life in the public service. He was Register of Probate for Middlesex from 1709 to 1731, so that for many years the father was Judge and the son Register. He was Register of Deeds forty-five years, a member of the Council twenty-six years, and a Justice for twenty-seven years, until his resignation from reasons
Cambridge sketches (ed. Estelle M. H. Merrill), The river Charles. (search)
wn and across a ferry at Copp's Hill. That bridge cost a deal of money, and various expedients were adopted to aid Cambridge in her bearing of what was justly considered a heavy burden for the poor little town. Brighton, Newton, Lexington and Middlesex County itself helped to keep the bridge in repair, and even the General Court occasionally granted money on its account. It would take too long to review in detail all the important events that have happened here, such as the brilliant scene in 1716 when Colonel Shute, the newly made governor of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, was met at the bridge by Spencer Phips, Esq., with his Troop of Horse, the Sheriff of Middlesex and other gentlement of the County, and conducted by them to Harvard College, where he was entertained with a long oration, all in Latin. It was nearly sixty years after that gala day, that the planks of the Great Bridge were hastily torn up and piled along the Cambridge side in order to impede the march of Lor