L. C. PAGE & COMPANY
BY L. C. PAGE & COMPANY
Eighth Impression, March, 1908
COLONIAL PRESS Electrotyped
by C. H. Simonds & Co. Boston, U. S. A.
THESE little sketches have been written to supply what seemed to the author a real need, -- a volume which should give clearly, compactly, and with a fair degree of readableness, the stories connected with the surviving old houses of New England. That delightful writer, Mr. Samuel Adams Drake, has in his many works on the historic mansions of colonial times, provided all necessary data for the serious student, and to him the deep indebtedness of this work is fully and frankly acknowledged. Yet there was no volume which gave entire the tales of chief interest to the majority of readers. It is, therefore, to such searchers after the romantic in New England's history that the present book is offered.
It but remains to mention with gratitude the many kind friends far and near who have helped in the preparation of the material, and especially to thank Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co., publishers of the works of Hawthorne, Whittier, Longfellow, and Higginson, by permission of and special arrangement with whom the selections of the authors named, are used; the Macmillan Co., for permission to use the extracts from Lindsay Swift's "Brook Farm"; G. P. Putnam's Sons for their kindness in allowing quotations from their work, "Historic Towns of New England"; Small, Maynard & Co., for the use of the anecdote credited to their Beacon Biography of Samuel F. B. Morse; Little, Brown & Co., for their marked courtesy in the extension of quotation privileges, and Mr. Samuel T. Pickard, Whittier's literary executor, for the new Whittier material here given.
M. C. C.
Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1902.
Sir Harry Frankland
"All houses wherein men have lived and
died are haunted houses."
very difficult a matter is it to trace and find out the truth of anything by
". . . Common as light is love,
And its familiar voice wearies not ever."
" . .
. I discern
Infinite passion and the pain
Of finite hearts that yearn."
an old tale and often told."
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Sir Harry Frankland
Whitehall, Newport, R. I.
Royall House, Medford, Mass.
Pepperell House, Kittery, Maine
General Lee's Headquarters, Somerville, Mass.
Christ Church Paul Revere House, Boston, Mass.
Dorothy Q. House, Quincy, Mass.
Riedesel House, Cambridge, Mass.
Swan House, Dorchester, Mass.
Gannett House, Sharon, Mass.
Williams House, Deerfield, Mass.
Old Witch House, Salem, Mass.
Governor Wentworth House, Portsmouth, N. H.
Fairbanks House, Dedham, Mass.
Brook Farm, West Roxbury, Mass.
Old Manse, Concord, Mass.
Whittier's Birthplace, East Haverhill, Mass.