the Register, October, 1907, page 90.
Mrs. Harriet (Jordan) Rowe, whose reminiscences in the Register, July, 1912, page 73, were written at my request, had the story from the lips of her mother, who was then about ten years old, was in line with the school children, and shook hands with the general.
Mrs. Rowe also says her mother's father was captain of the Medford company that assisted in receiving the visitors.
Six years after his visit to America Lafayette was introduced to Maria (Gowen) Brooks, a pleasing young widow, then in Europe with her brother.
She was Medford born, and has given fame to her native place as a poetess of imagination and brilliancy, known as Maria del Occidente.
Like a gallant Frenchman, Lafayette was susceptible to feminine charms, and so pleased was he with Mrs. Brooks that he was eager to befriend her, and learning that she desired for her son an appointment to a United States military academy, he procured it for her, a favor which she had been un
His wife, Susanna, was a daughter of Major Jonathan Wade, whose house is now standing on Pasture hill (or Governors) lane in the rear of the Savings Bank building.
The lot on which the old house stood was 23 feet in width on the road and 171 feet in depth.
It was bounded on the north by Brickyard pasture, a portion of which is now the site of the High School house.
This estate passed through several ownerships until, in the year 1783, it came into the possession of William Gowen, father of Maria Gowen Brooks (Maria del Occidente) who had a high reputation as a poetess.
She is supposed to have been born in this old house in the year 1794 (see Historical Register, Vol. 2, page 150). In the year 1796 the estate came into the possession of Joseph Patten Hall above referred to. The brick building was subsequently erected, probably in the early part of the nineteenth century, and it is very likely that the old house was moved back from the street to make way for the