Cambridge is part of the Boston metropolitan area, Massachusetts, New England. It was founded in December 1630 and was initially referred to as Newe Towne. In May 1638, the settlement’s name was changed to Cambridge in reference to the University of Cambridge, England, an important center of the Puritan theology embraced by the town’s founders. In the nineteenth century, Cambridge was home to famed American poets Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Cambridge is home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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Timeline of Events Associated with Cambridge

Date Event Manage
30 Oct 1852

Arthur Hugh Clough travels to US

Arthur Hugh CloughOn the invitation of Ralph Emerson, Arthur Hugh Clough set sail for Boston on 30 October 1852, aboard the royal mail ship Canada, to seek employment in New England. Thackeray and James Russell Lowell were among his traveling companions. He arrived in Boston on 12 November 1852 and remained in the Boston/Cambridge area for seven months, where he published several articles in American magazines and formed new friendships with American writers, including Charles Eliot Norton and Longfellow. He remained in correspondence with these influential American friends up until his death and his poem Amours de Voyage was published for the first time in the Atlantic Monthly. Image: Engraving of Arthur Hugh Clough. This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less.


Susan Donovan, “How the Post Office and Postal Products Shaped Mid-Nineteenth-Century Letter-Writing”