ooks was born in Medford in 1794.
She went abroad, met many famous people, and achieved an international reputation for 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
h husband, Hugh Tarbett, was a Loyalist, and decamped with the Tories in 1776.
Charles Fitch rented his half to General John Brooks (afterwards and for seven years governor), who had taken up the practice of medicine in Medford after the Revoluti father's stable, where is now the vacant Magoun mansion.
Another girl remembers her elders of the women telling how General Brooks requested Mrs. Brooks to have Indian corn cakes for breakfast, knowing his superior's especial liking therefor.
InMrs. Brooks to have Indian corn cakes for breakfast, knowing his superior's especial liking therefor.
In after years, when a Medford boy visited Governor Brooks, who took great pride in his garden and was taking the boy about it, the Governor told him with much pleasure of his illustrious visitor, remarking that it was their last interview.
The houGovernor Brooks, who took great pride in his garden and was taking the boy about it, the Governor told him with much pleasure of his illustrious visitor, remarking that it was their last interview.
The house had a succession of tenants till in 1810 Samuel Swan became its owner and occupant, dying at sea in 1823.
His widow Margaret, commonly called Peggy, Swan, continued to reside there and rented a portion of the house until her passing away.
s settlement that an almshouse was provided, and then by the purchase of a house and three acres and a half of land, barely enough for a vegetable garden, as was said; and this house served for twenty years, till it became unsuitable.
At the March meeting, in 1811, steps were taken to build a new one.
The committee chosen to attend to this duty was a notable one.
The chairman, Timothy Bigelow, was for many years Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
The others were Dr. John Brooks (afterward and for seven years governor); Abner Bartlett, Medford's noted lawyer; Jonathan Brooks and Isaac Brooks, the latter an efficient Overseer of the Poor.
This committee reported their plan, which was to build a three-story brick building on the lane leading from the great road from Maiden, to Turner's ship-yard.
This lane is now known as Cross street, and the acre and a half of land is the cemetery.
The house was to be 36 × 44 feet in size, and with the land was to cost $4,00