I might ever enjoy of seeing the centre of France in all the glory of the vintage and the autumn, I shut the book-lid and took wing, with a little knapsack on my back, and a blue cap,—not exactly like Quentin Durward, but perhaps a little more.
More anon of him. I had gone as far as Orleans in the diligence because the route is through an uninteresting country.
I began the pedestrian part of my journey on one of those dull, melancholy days which you will find uttering a mournful voice in Sewall's Almanack: Expect—much—rain —about—this—time!
Very miscellaneous weather, good for sundry purposes, —but not for a journey on foot, thought I.
But I had a merry heart, and it went merrily along all day. At sundown I found myself about seven leagues on my way and one beyond Beaugency.
I found the route one continued vineyard.
On each side of the road, as far as the eye could reach, there was nothing but vines, save here and there a glimpse of the Loire, the turrets of an old chat
The first of the name in America was this William, son of William of Horsforth.
He came over, a young man, to Newbury, Massachusetts, about 1676.
Soon after, he married Anne Sewall, daughter of Henry Sewall, of Newbury, and sister of Samuel Sewall, afterward the first chief justice of Massachusetts.
He received from his father-in-law a farm in the parish of Byfield, on the Parker River.
In 1680 Samuel Sewall wrote to his brother in England: Brother Longfellow's father Wm lives at HSamuel Sewall wrote to his brother in England: Brother Longfellow's father Wm lives at Horsforth, near Leeds.
Tell him bro. has a son William, a fine likely child, and a very good piece of land, and greatly wants a little stock to manage it. And that father has paid for him upwards of an hundred pounds to get him out of debt.
In 1688 William Longfellow is entered upon the town records of Newbury as having two houses, six plough-lands, meadows, etc. The year before, he had made a visit to his old home in Horsforth. He is spoken of as well educated, but a little wild, or, as anoth