Boston Rambles

Boston Rambles

A Rambler Walks and Talks About the Hub of the Universe

Posts filed under Walking the Post Road

West Roxbury: The Arc of the Moral Universe (WTPR#11)

“ I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.” Theodore… (read more)

Jamaica Plain & Roslindale: Steeple Chase (WTPR#10)

“In answer to the petition it was clearly voted…that the petitioners together with all such as dwell on the south side of the afores’d line who are willing to joyne with them, and do embody so as to maintain an able learned Orthodox minister amongst them, shall be freed from any charge to the minister… (read more)

Jamaica Plain: Home Stretch (WTPR#9)

“But I have promises to keep,  And miles to go before I sleep,  And miles to go before I sleep.” Robert Frost from “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”   This is another of the entries from my previous project, Walking the Post Road, which I have transferred over to this project for two… (read more)

Jamaica Plain: Traveling the World (WTPR#8)

This is another of the entries from my previous project, Walking the Post Road, which I have transferred over to this project for two reasons. The first reason is that it is relevant to this project in that it is a ‘ramble’ about Boston. The second reason is that the previous project was done on… (read more)

Roxbury: Time Travel (WTPR#7)

“Rightly to estimate the present, we must invoke the past, of which we ourselves are the product, and its study cannot fail to teach us the importance of perpetuating those elements of true greatness in New England character bequeathed to us by our Puritan ancestry, and in which their descendants take a justifiable pride.” Francis… (read more)

The Upper Post Road Milestones (WTPR#14)

    “He was buried in the tomb of his fathers; but his epitaphs are only to be read on the numerous mile-stones that skirt the roads…” Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, in History of Norfolk County, referring to Paul Dudley.       One more entry (#14) from my Walking the Post Road Project. The purpose… (read more)

Milestones (WTPR#6)

‘Feria secunda, July 14, 1707. Mr. Antram and I, having Benjamin and David to wait on us, measured with his wheel from the Town-House Two Miles, and drove down stakes at each mile’s end, in order to place Stone-posts in convenient time. From the Town house to the Oak and Walnut, is a mile wanting… (read more)

Deviating from the Straight Path (WTPR#5)

  . “One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be” Paul Revere’s Ride Henry Wadsworth Longfellow . “Parting is such sweet sorrow” Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2 William Shakespeare         This entry is another (#5 in the original project) from the Walking… (read more)

Boston Neck. No Man’s Land (WTPR#4)

        “March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.”   Khalil Gibran The Voice of the Master                   This entry is a transfer of Entry… (read more)

Transitions (WTPR#3)

“ As to politeness and humanity, they (the northern provinces of colonial America), they are much alike except in the great towns where the inhabitants are more civilized, especially att Boston” Dr. Alexander Hamilton, Gentleman’s Progress: The Itinerarium, 1744. (*) In this entry I have brought over from my Walking The Post Road project entry… (read more)