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The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 6, June, 1886, Bay State Monthly Volume 4, No. 6, June, 1886   By:

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The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 6, June, 1886, and Bay State Monthly Volume 4, No. 6, June, 1886 offer a fascinating glimpse into life in New England during the late 19th century. The articles are varied and cover a wide range of topics, from history and literature to politics and current events.

One of the highlights of the magazines is the in-depth look at local history, with articles detailing the early days of New England settlements and the lives of prominent figures in the region. These pieces provide valuable insights into the roots of New England culture and tradition.

In addition to historical content, the magazines also feature interesting literary pieces, including poetry, short stories, and book reviews. These pieces showcase the talent of New England writers and provide readers with an engaging look at the literary scene of the time.

Overall, The New England Magazine and Bay State Monthly are well-crafted publications that offer a wealth of information about life in New England in the late 19th century. Whether you're interested in history, literature, or simply curious about the past, these magazines are sure to captivate and inform.

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VOL. IV. NO. 6. VOL. I. NO. 6.

Copyright, 1886, by Bay State Monthly Company. All rights reserved.

Transcriber's Note: Minor typos have been corrected and footnotes moved to the end of the article.



Williams College has something peculiar and romantic in its history, as well as in its site amid the beautiful hills of Berkshire. It had its birth upon the very frontiers of civilization, and amid the throes of that struggle which was to decide finally whether the control of this continent, and the permanent shaping of its institutions and its destiny were to be French or English. The nascent colleges of Colorado, Dakota, and Oregon are relatively to day in the position held by Williams when it was founded.

Col. Ephraim Williams, from whom the college takes its name, had been an active participant in the struggle to which we have alluded. He had been commissioned by the General Court of Massachusetts to construct and command a line of forts along the northern border of settlements from the Connecticut River on the east to the valley of the Hoosac on the west. This line coincided nearly with the northern boundary of Massachusetts; all above, to the borders of Canada, being then a wilderness, through which the roaming savages often burst with sudden violence upon the settlements of the English colonists... Continue reading book >>

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