Much before "the Hub" and "Bean Town," Boston was the "Literary

Emporium." The Public Ledger, 21 April 1836, pg. 2, col. 2, "the 'Literary

emporium,' as Kean nick-named it." Edmund Kean was a famous Shakesperean


It is curious that DARE, DA, RHHDAS and whatever all don't have the

popular folk pronunciation of Boston--"Bosting." Among other places,

"Bosting" is in the Public Ledger of 30 July 1841, pg. 4, col. 1.