t, who had been minister to the First Parish, died in 1866 while visiting in the place of his labors.
So eminent an artist as Richard M. Staigg, who had been a pupil of Washington Allston, and excelled in miniature painting, had pupils here to whom he gave instruction in drawing (about 1863).
John G. Whittier was a guest in the home of his brother, Matthew Francis Whittier, who at that time (1865-8) owned the cottage house on Pleasant street (present number 50), now occupied by Mrs. Sarah K. Tebbetts, from whom she bought the property in 1871.
The house has been much enlarged and altered, and at that time a neat iron fence was in front of the estate.
This was the brother to whom the poet referred in Snow Bound, in these lines:—
only I and thou Are left of all that circle now,— The dear home faces whereupon That fitful firelight paled and shone.
Matthew Whittier wrote under the name of Ethan Spike, and in physical and general characteristics was unlike the