a means of preparing for an easy transition a little later from the men to the women writers of Somerville, let us speak of the Munroe family.
Edwin Munroe, of Scotch descent, married Eliza (?) Fowle, of Lexington.
Three children of these parents, a brother and two sisters, have intimate relation with the literary history of Somerville.
These are Edwin Munroe, who married Nancy Thorning, Eliza Ann Munroe, who married Rev. Henry Bacon, and Martha Fowle Munroe, who married Rev. Elbridge Gerry Brooks.
The son of the last-named marriage is known to all residents of Somerville, and to many throughout the land.
In industry and consequent fruitfulness, it is not too much to say that Elbridge Streeter Brooks is the leading writer among those who, in life and death, have been identified with the city of Somerville.
He has written biography, fiction, and history, to the number of more than forty volumes.
His first book was a biography of Rev. Elbridge Gerry Brooks, dedicated to the aut