Warren Kendall Lewis 1886-1972. Spring Garden Farm Laurel, Delaware. 45 Hunnewell Avenue Newton, Massachusetts. The streetcar suburbs of Boston 1886 (Warner, 1969). The streetcar suburbs in 1901 (Warner, 1969). Railroads around Boston (Warner, 1969). WKL’s Diary January 12, 1898.
After school I went up to Lasell and read Cicero with Cousin Mary, and then she gave me a supper of canned chicken, cocoa, bread, butter, crackers and peanut butter. I had a fine time.
[Yesterday] I went to school as usual and found, when I reached there, the fireman, Mr. Strong, had cut his foot and couldn’t come. No one else knew how to get up steam so we had no school.
Yesterday afternoon I went into Boston by myself for the first time. I bought Mrs. Kendrick a stove shaker, some sewing machine needles, and carried my uniform jacket in to the Continental Clothing Co. as it was too small and I wanted it changed.
After supper it was decided that I might go in with Miss Kendrick, Miss Hotchkiss and Cousin Mary to hear Dr. Lymann Abbot lecture on “Imperialism,” if I could get my Geometry and English all right. I went and read MacBeth both ways on the train. The lecture was a fine one in favor of staying to help them learn to govern themselves.
Yesterday…in the evening I went to hear Charlton Lewis on “Imperialism,” with Cousin Mary. He made some good points but as Cousin Mary said some bad ones. He attacked Dr. Abbot, he made some mistatements concerning the arguments on Californian annexation, and made Mckinnly [sic] out as having imperial power. But he showed that it would not pay us and that according to our declaration of war we ought not do it….Cousin Mary is on his side but I can’t say I am.
This morning I went to Boston, getting some yarn and a shaker for Mrs. Kendrick and a pen repointed for Mr. Kendrick and a box of blacking for myself. I went skating this afternoon. The ice is pretty good and I am learning slowly….I received a letter from home this morning. Papa is better. Aunt Lizzie scalded her foot about two weeks ago and is better now.
I got a letter from home yesterday with twelve dollars for board….We received our first news yesterday of the battle in Manilla [sic] on Sunday. Todays reports say we lost forty killed and one hundred wounded and the Filipinos two thousand killed and wounded. The gunboats did fearful execution. The peace treaty was signed today.
With a great deal of trouble I got out my ashes—on account of the snow. I went down town in the evening and rode. I asked a man passing for a ride and he consented; it was the first time I’ve ridden on or behind a horse since last Sept., and I a farmer’s boy.
Washington’s Birthday. We heard the church bells ring, morning, noon, and night; we had no school. Mr. March had his flag out. Alfred Claflin and his two sisters came down to see us; these are the signs to me that it is the annaversary [sic] of the birth of the greatest American ever born.
Yesterday I asked Miss Macumber and Miss Constantine about what they thought would be best for me to do about going to college. They will think it over more but the former advised either Amherst Agricultural or as even better Tech. Miss Constantine mentioned Cornell. I will write there. She also added I ought to have 9 hours sleep per day, a great deal of exercise and less A’s.
Research Lab in Applied Chemistry
In our increasingly complex society, science and technology can no longer be segregated from their human and social consequences. The most difficult and complicated problems confronting our generation are in the field of the humanities and social sciences…they have resulted in large measure from the impact of science and technology upon society…
“If I could be reincarnated, I would like to return as a social scientist. That is where the really difficult and important problems are.”
“We are well on our way, in our timeless effort to bring the natural environment under control, to replacing it by an artificial environment of our own contriving.”
MIT historian Elting Morison, 1946