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The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees   By: (1874-1932)

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Little Pilgrimages

The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees


Mary C. Crawford



Boston L. C. Page & Company Mdcccciii

Copyright, 1902 by L. C. Page & Company ( Incorporated )

All rights reserved

Published, September, 1902

Colonial Press Electrotyped and Printed by C. H. Simonds & Co. Boston, Mass., U.S.A.

[Illustration: SIR HARRY FRANKLAND. ( See page 48 )]


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.

"All houses wherein men have lived and died are haunted houses."


"So very difficult a matter is it to trace and find out the truth of anything by history."


"... Common as light is love, And its familiar voice wearies not ever."


"... I discern Infinite passion and the pain Of finite hearts that yearn."


"'Tis an old tale and often told."




Foreword iii

The Heir of Swift's Vanessa 11

The Maid of Marblehead 37

An American Born Baronet 59

Molly Stark's Gentleman Son 74

A Soldier of Fortune 90

The Message of the Lanterns 104

Hancock's Dorothy Q. 117

Baroness Riedesel and Her Tory Friends 130

Doctor Church: First Traitor to the American Cause 147

A Victim of Two Revolutions 159

The Woman Veteran of the Continental Army 170

The Redeemed Captive 190

New England's First "Club Woman" 210

In the Reign of the Witches 225

Lady Wentworth of the Hall 241

An Historic Tragedy 251

Inventor Morse's Unfulfilled Ambition 264

Where the "Brothers and Sisters" Met 279

The Brook Farmers 293

Margaret Fuller: Marchesa d'Ossoli 307

The Old Manse and Some of Its Mosses 324

Salem's Chinese God 341

The Well Sweep of a Song 356

Whittier's Lost Love 366


Sir Harry Frankland ( See page 48 ) Frontispiece

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