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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., The Walnut Tree Hill division of the stinted pasture. (search)
o-pole way is now included in Main street and the landing place is covered by the foundations of the Cradock bridge. Walnut Tree hill took its name from the walnut trees growing upon it. The parties to whom these lots were granted were obliged to g to a map made about the year 1633, Sagamore John, son of the Squa Sachem, had a residence on the westerly slope of Walnut Tree hill, near the pumping station of the Mystic Water Works. An illustration of the condition of this pasture is affordedthirty pounds by mutual consent. Tufts College is situated within the limits of this pasture, upon the summit of Walnut Tree hill, now known as College hill. The boundary line between the Cities of Somerville and Medford passes through its groun amount of nearly one hundred acres. The charter of the college was granted by the General Court, April 21, 1852. Walnut Tree hill is also the site of the reservoir built by the City of Charlestown as a part of its Mystic water supply. Ground was
accustomed to write to his ministerial brethren and members of the Faculty in a somewhat humorous vein. Sometimes these missives would be in several different languages, though it is said none such ever got in print. Sometimes the learned doctor would drop into poetry, and one of his productions comes down to us from one who says, I am indebted to Professor Tweed for one he received on a winter morning, when the snow had blocked the roads round Walnut hill, The hill was known as Walnut Tree Hill prior to the location of the college thereon. and the New England staple, salt fish, was in request—a dinner of which, by the way, John Hancock used to invite his friends to eat on Saturdays. Under stress of weather the good doctor penned the lines his wife styled silly. There seemed to have been the irony of fate that President Ballou should have, after such criticism, sent them to the door of the professor of English literature, adding (to his wife), That's the reason I send them.