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rivate carriages, sometimes in the one-horse chaise. They were as a class, in private and in business life, men of high integrity, interested in public works, popular and scientific education, social and public libraries, hospitals, charities, and churches. They were honorable merchants, dealt fairly with customers, kept accurate accounts, and their trade-marks were symbols of good work. There is a tradition that William Wirt, who came to Boston in 1829 as counsel in a suit against Peter C. Brooks, expressed admiration at the accuracy and integrity of the mercantile books which he had occasion to examine. They were highly conservative; took a harmless pride in their social standing; received consideration from the masses something like that accorded to an English lord or squire; were accustomed to have their own way, and to resent interference from those who had not by family or wealth reached the same position as themselves. They were English in thought and habit as in blood.
Cambridge sketches (ed. Estelle M. H. Merrill), A guide to Harvard College. (search)
r, the autographs of many famous men, besides a death-mask of Oliver Cromwell, and a large collection of Roman coins. The great privilege of using this library is extended to those not connected with the University, and its doors are open every week day, except legal holidays, from 9 A. M. to 5 P. M. (2 P. M. during vacations). As we leave the library, we may see the President's house on the elevated ground to the east. This building is of brick and was a gift to the college from Mr. Peter C. Brooks of Boston. The old mansion house in the corner, next to the one just mentioned, is known as the Dana homestead. In 1823 the family of Chief Justice Dana lived there, and after the cupola was added to it, astronomical observations were made here until the present Observatory was completed. The next family to occupy the house was that of Dr. A. P. Peabody from which fact it is sometimes referred to as the Peabody House. At present it is the home of Professor Palmer and his charming
lm, in Malden, on the corner of Elm and Dexter streets, must be at least two hundred years old. The Stone elm, East Watertown, stands near the corner of Washington and Grove streets. It is said to have been brought from Fresh Pond in 1763. On the Brooks estate, at West Medford, are several old trees, and some of them, the hickories, if tradition may be believed, were in their prime at the time of the Revolution. A black walnut was planted on the estate some time previous to 1768. Mr. Peter C. Brooks set out a horse-chestnut in 1810, and an elm tree at a later time. On Main street, Medford, are three elm trees which are of interest, not so much from their age, which is said to be fifty or sixty years, but from the fact that their immediate ancestor was brought from England in a bandbox at an early date. Until within ten or fifteen years a row of fine elm trees could be seen over-topping the houses along Inman street, Cambridge. They marked the line of an old road, which is
Selwyn Z., 89. Bowman, Zadoc, 90. Bow Street, 55. Boylston Chapel, 81. Bracket, Charlotte, 99. Brackett, George C., 53. Brackett, Samuel, 59. Brackett, Thomas, 59. Bradbury, Charles, 14. Bradbury, C., Jr., 14. Bradford, Alice I., 53. Bradley, Abigail, 49. Bradley, Wymond, 76. Bradshaw, Charles A., 91. Brastow, Ex-Mayor, 90. Brattle Street, Cambridge, 6. Bridgewater, Mass., 48. Broadway, 63, 85, 88, 89, 90. Broadway Park, 91. Bromfield Street, Boston, 4. Brooks, Peter C., 9. Brown, Ann, 21, 72. Brown, George W., 50. Brown, Hannah C., 53. Brown, Mary E., 92, 96, 99. Brown, Thomas, Jr., 49, 75, 92. Buckley, William, 12. Bulfinch, Henry, 71. Bunker Hill Aurora, 22. Bunker Hill District, 78, 83, 93. Bunker Hill School, 22, 78, 82. 94. Burckes, Jane M., 99. Burnham, Sarah M., 73, 75, 77, 79, 83, 93, 96, 99. Butler, W., 15. Cambridge, 5, 7, 9. Cambridge College, 48. Cameron Avenue, 63. Camp Cameron, 63. Canal Bridge, 50, 52, 93. Capen
hich Blackstone street now extends. As the enterprise had the confidence of the business community, money for prosecuting the work had been procured with comparative ease. Such representative men as Oliver Wendell, John Adams, of Quincy, Peter C. Brooks, Andrew Craigie, Ebenezer and Dudley Hall, James Sullivan, and John Hancock were stockholders. The stock had steadily advanced from $25 a share in the autumn of 1794 to $473 in 1803, the year the canal was opened, touching $500 in 1804. Thal for a breath of air and a glimpse of the open country, through the Royal estate in Medford, by the stone bridge on the Brooks estate, the most picturesque surviving relic of canal days, past the substantial, old-fashioned mansion house of Peter C. Brooks, as far, perhaps, as the Baldwin estate and the birthplace of Count Rumford, in Woburn. I love that old tow-path, said Uncle Joe. 'Twas there I courted my wife; and every time the boat went by she came tripping out to walk a piece with me!
He carried out the first part of the programme, but on the way to the house he met the soldiers, who seized the wood. When his wife heard the story she flung on a shawl and went in pursuit. Overtaking the party, she took the oxen by the horns and turned them round. The men threatened to shoot her, but she shouted defiantly as she started her team, Shoot away! Astonishment, admiration, and amusement were too much for the regulars, and they unconditionally surrendered. Soon after Major Brooks, later our honored Governor, was given despatches by General Washington which must be delivered inside the enemy's lines. Late one night he came to John Fulton, knowing his patriotism and his intimate knowledge of Boston, and asked him to undertake the trust. He was not able to go, but his wife volunteered. Her offer was accepted. A long, lonely, and dangerous walk it was to the water-side in Charlestown, but she reached there in safety, and finding a boat rowed across the river. C
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 1., Literal copy of Births, deaths, and Marriages in Medford from earliest records. (search)
1700 December 27 1700 hester hall daughter of stephen hall & Grace his wife was Born 15th aprill 170: hannah Brooks Daughter of Ebenezer Brooks and abigall Brooks was borne the day and yeare aforesd. Nat:ll Peirce and lidya ffrancis marred June the 2d: 1701 Dudley Bradstreet Son of John Bradstreet And mercy his wife Band Lydia his wife dyed march 23d: 1702 Hannah Peirce daughter of Natll: peirce and lydia his wife born the 27th aprill 1702 Sarah Brooks daughter of Samll: Brooks and Sarah his wife borne aprill 17th: 1702 Mathew Grover Son of Mathew and Neomi grover Borne July the 9th 1702: Sarah Tufts daughter of Peter Tufts and merdue and Ann Soloman, marred octobr. the 17: 1704 Francis Peirce Son of nat:ll Peirce and Lydia Peirce born Septr. ye 24: 1704 Mary Brooks Daughter of Ebenr. Brooks and Abigale his wife, died Septembr. ye. 3d, 1704 Dorothy Tuft Daughter of capt Peter Tuft and Mrs Mercy his wife borne: Decem: ye 14 1704 Elizabeth Wier Da
ks was to Rockhill, on the land of Mr. Hastings, to see the sun set. Another, and perhaps the best, was up the banks of the canal, and through the grounds of Mr. P. C. Brooks, to the parting of the ponds —the spot where the dam of the Mystic Water Works now stands. As the canal boats came along, as they constantly did, they were s carried at great additional expense through Winter and Walnut hills and away from the centre of the town. When the road was opened, in the spring of 1835, Mr. P. C. Brooks, desirous of giving his townsmen the novelty of riding for the first time on a railroad, arranged with the managers to have the train stop one morning at Wese to say a few words of some of my old Medford friends who have passed away—some of whom I hope may still be kindly remembered by some of you. Let me mention Mr. P. C. Brooks, then probably the richest man in New England, Rev. Caleb Stetson, well esteemed even among those who differed most widely from his religious views, the elde
no cloth being imported at that time. His wife was Lydia Converse, an orphan, brought up by her uncle, Dr. Converse, of Woburn. Their home is supposed to have been in Menotomy, the old Indian name of West Cambridge, adjoining the estate of Peter C. Brooks in Medford. Their son, David, was born there, and remained there for several years after his marriage to Susannah Rand, of Charlestown. Then in 1800 they removed to Medford, to the brick house already mentioned. He was a baker by trade, me school, kept by Marm Betty, an ancient spinster of Medford, the envied possessor of some flowered bed curtains of fine needlework, the wonder of all beholders. She was a great tea-drinker, and on one occasion was deeply mortified because Governor Brooks found her drinking from the spout of her teapot. Tradition also asserts that she sometimes invited favorite scholars to take a cup of tea with her in her little back room, after the labors of studying the three R.'s in the front room. Afte
In 1873 a commodious rectory, situated on the northerly side of High Street, a short distance from the church, was built by Dudley C. Hall, Esq., and by him presented to the parish for the use of the rector. The church building (to quote again from Mr. Usher), which since its completion had remained in the ownership of the family who had generously erected it, and consequently, in accordance with the canonical law of the church, could not be consecrated, was given to the parish by Mr. Peter C. Brooks and Mr. Shepherd Brooks, and received consecration at the hands of the Right Rev. Henry A. Neely, Bishop of Maine, on the sixth of May, 1873. The services of consecration were of the most impressive character, and were attended by a very large congregation, as well as by a larger number of clergymen than had been gathered together at a similar service in the history of the diocese. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. Alexander H. Vinton, and several of the former rectors of the
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