ing, and Professor Edward Channing.
With them must be associated Washington Allston, whose prose and verse were as remarkable as his paintings, and whose first wife was a Channing, and whose second wife a Dana.
Rev. Charles Lowell came to live in Cambridge in 1819, and he and his children, the Rev. R. T. S. Lowell, James Russell Lowell, and Mrs. S. R. Putnam, were all authors.
Judge Joseph Story, the most eminent legal writer whom America has produced, resided for many years in Cambridge (1829-1845), as did his son, William Wetmore Story, author and sculptor, and his son-in-law, George Ticknor Curtis, legal writer and historian.
Benjamin Peirce, who was college librarian (1826-1831), was father of the celebrated mathematician of that name; and his two grandchildren, James Mills Peirce and Charles Sanders Peirce, have followed with distinction in the same path.
The Rev. John G. Palfrey, the historian of New England, bequeathed similar tastes to his children, both of his sons havin
he windowthough I do not remember the particular season — and act over the whole little domestic scene in my imagination.
Nothing for a long time has called up that picture of the study and my kind-hearted old father-not so old or so white-haired as I am now, at that time — so vividly as your story. ...
Once more — twice more, if I have already written, I thank you.
Faithfully yours, O. W. Holmes.
Dr. Holmes was born, it will be remembered, August 29, 1809, graduated at Harvard in 1829, studied law for a year and a half, then studied medicine in Europe for two years and a half, took his degree at the Harvard Medical School in 1836, became Professor at Dartmouth in 1838, and Professor at the Harvard Medical School in 1847.
He was thus away from Cambridge during most of my boyhood, and my memory first depicts him vividly when he came back to give his Phi Beta Kappa poem in 1836.
He was at this time a young physician of great promise, which was thought to be rather impaired <
thus seems to have worked curiously in line with Hawthorne as to themes; and this, like his selection of a theme for his Commencement Oration, shows that Margaret Fuller was too hasty in imputing to him an exotic quality, from the accident that his first prose books were on foreign subjects.
Both Evangeline and Hiawatha already existed, by implication, in the titles of these early sketches.
He was three years abroad and wrote to his sister, My poetic career is finished.
On his return in 1829 he became Professor in Bowdoin College.
He still wrote, If ever I publish a volume of poetry it will be many years first --it being actually nine.
He published text-books and wrote Outre-Mer, the first sketches for which originally appeared in the New England Magazine. In 1831 he was married to the daughter of the Hon. Barrett Potter of Portland, Mary Storer Potter.
She came of a family noted for a beauty which is prolonged into the present generation, and even the inadequate portrait of