Boston – A Picturesque Bostonian

He was most prominent Bostonian of Revolutionary days, the Boston man who loomed the largest and still looms most important, was the splendidly dressed John Hancock, and his home, up near the summit of Beacon Hill, was a radiant center of wealth and society. But that home, so typical of the finest and choicest old-time […]

Boston – A Woman’s City

The Sunday observance law which John Hancock found, to his annoyance, could be invoked even against a man of power, provided that “all persons profaning the Lord’s Day by walking, standing in the streets, or any other way breaking the laws made for the due observance of the a Lord’s Day, may expect the execution’ […]

Boston – A House Set On A Hill

It was Oliver Wendell Holmes who remarked that the Boston State House is the hub of the solar system, and that you could not pry that out of a Boston man if you had the tire of all creation straightened out for a crowbar. And that is really the standpoint of Bostonians, Nothing else can […]

Plymouth And Provincetown

Close behind Plymouth, close beside this home of the Pilgrims, close to this spot where three hundred years ago began the campaign against the wilderness, there is still an immense tract of wild and lonely woodland, there are miles and miles of wildness almost unbroken except by roads; there are seemingly endless stretches of oak […]

Boston – The Most Important Road In America

The road between Boston and Concord is the most important in America, for it was on this road that America was made. The halt of the British troops at Lexington long enough to fire the first fatal shots, their advance to Concord, the brief contest there and the beginning of the flight, their second arrival […]

Boston – The City Of Holmes

The authors of Boston seem to have been, in an altogether pleasant sense, nomads, even though they kept their nomadic activities within a very limited district. Although there is little in the life of Boston authors which in the ordinary sense could be termed moving, as they were a happy, fortunate, conventional folk, their lives […]

Boston – The Distinctive Part Street Corner

The unusual prominence of monuments to ministers in Boston might, at first thought, be ascribed by some to the fact of this being a woman’s city; but of course, as any Bostonian would at once tell you, it is really because of the unusual prominence of ministers in the development and life of the city. […]

Boston – The Night Shall Be Filled With Music

“I sail from Liverpool on Saturday for Boston,” writes Thackeray to “My dearest old friend,” Edward Fitzgerald, and he says he is “very grave and solemn,” :.and he writes with gravity and solemnity of what may happen to his wife and daughters if anything should happen to him! It seems odd that a journey to […]

Boston Preferred

Naturally enough, next to Boston Common comes Boston Prefered! For the term can very well be used in referring to Beacon Hill, which edges and over-looks the Common and is still the finest residence section of the city. And this Boston Preferred, this exclusiveness, the permanence, the fixity, of Boston society; it stands for the […]

Boston – On The Prim, Decorous Hill

The streets of Boston are peopled with shadows of the past; shadows of those connected with the historical or literary Boston that has gone. Nor are all the figures Bostonians. Here is Dickens, a long winter day’s tramp out into the country with James T.Fields, hilariously swinging back to the city in a wild snow […]