Days And Ways In Old Boston by William Sidney RossiterDays And Ways In Old Boston by William Sidney Rossiter

Days And Ways In Old Boston

byWilliam Sidney Rossiter

Paperback | February 5, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914. Excerpt: ... AN HISTORIC CORNER TREMONT STREET AND TEMPLE PLACE Bt Walter K. Watkinb Of the Boslonian Society One of Nathaniel Hawthorne's stories of old New England is prefaced by a chapter which in effect describes the evolution from a wilderness to civilization: first the silence and solitude of the forest; then the Indian, stealing by, bent upon war or the chase; then the explorer, the hunter and the smoke of the settler's cabin and finally, after a couple of centuries of slow development, orderly towns and cities and dense population. With much the same thought one may contemplate a number of historic localities in Boston, and shutting out the eager, insistent present--the tall buildings and hurrying throngs, the electric cars, automobiles and drays--step back into the twilight and the silence of the past, and picture the successive steps of settlement. The present corner of Tremont Street and Temple Place possesses much historic interest. One must grope backward in time almost three hundred years to find this particular acre of ground unoccupied by men, and for most of that long period it has been the center of the city's activities and growth. By the middle of the 17th century it was a half cleared pasture, and here a little later was built the home of one of the first bom in the colony. From this house we can imagine the outlook over a southward straggling path, rough and but half broken, along the Common, a mere bit of partially reclaimed marsh set aside as pasturage for the cows of the settlement while over all broods the silence of the unbroken, unexplored continent. Precarious in the extreme was the foothold of white settlements which only at Manhattan and a few other places broke the monotony of the wild shore line between Boston and Jamestown. Both of th...
Title:Days And Ways In Old BostonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217198589

ISBN - 13:9780217198585