or her poetry—Judith, Esther, and Other Poems, 1820; Zophiel, 1825; and an Ode to the Departed.
Robert Southey was said to have given her the name Maria del Occidente, which she used as a nom de plume. She wrote a novel in 1843 called Idomen, supposed to have been autobiographical.
Many believed her to have been the original of the Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins.
Dr. John Brooks, one of Medford's most distinguished citizens, delivered an oration before the Society of the Cincinnati in 1787; a Eulogy on George Washington, 1800; Discourse Before the Humane Society, 1795; and a remarkable Farewell to the Militia of the Commonwealth in 1823, all of which are in print.
Of his inaugural address, when governor of Massachusetts, President Monroe said, I am willing to take the principles of that speech as the basis of my administration.
Among other early writers we find Timothy Bigelow, lawyer, many of whose orations from 1767 to 1790 have been preserved, and a Journal of a Tour to
Horn pond or Lake of the Woods of 1819) by motor boat, as well as to Spy pond in Arlington or Fresh pond in Cambridge, as Winchester is planning a water park all its own.
Under date of May 2, 1856, Caleb Swan interleaved his copy of Brooks' history with the following:—
White Island is within an eighth of a mile above Malden Bridge.
In very high tides it is covered with water, same as the surrounding marshes; it contains about 14 acres.
It was bought of the Town of Charlestown about 1787 by Saml Swan Jr. then of Charlestown; he had the grass and sedge cut and taken to Medford in a scow, every year for many years after he lived in Medford.
He then some years sold the grass to a man in Reading, for $30 a year—and sometimes for half the grass delivered to him in Medford.
After his death in 1825 the island was owned by his son Dr. Swan of Medford, who sold the crop of grass for $15 to $20 per year.
In 184—he sold the island to Atwood & Brothers of Boston, for planting Oyster<
e memoranda below.
Thinking it may be of a little interest to your Society (he being a minute man as I have explained), I send it to you. Benjamin Floyd, 2d, was the writer and is the one buried in the old Salem street burying ground at the left front corner.
My father Benj. Floyd (1st), husband of Ruth Floyd, died at sea Jan., 1762.
My mother Ruth Floyd died Feb., 1813.
Medford April 1729, Ruth Floyd was born.
Benj. Floyd Jr. or 2nd was born Jan. 5, 1755.
Martha Savels wife of Benj. Floyd was born Sept. 1756.
Benj. Floyd 3rdBorn 1780, lost at sea.
Patty or Martha F.Born 1782, died 1861.
Sally F.Born 1785, lost at sea.
Sukey F.Born 1787, died 1795.
Rebecca Thompson F.Born 1790.
George Hinchman F.Born 1792, died 1794.
Abel Butterfield F.Born 1793, died 1797.
Thomas FloydBorn 1795.
Abel Butterfield 2ndBorn 1798.
[No race suicide here.]
On the back cover is written
Benjamin Floyd His Book & Property 1819 1756. —Harriett A. Jordan Rowe.