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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 16: events at home.—Letters of friends.—December, 1837, to March, 1839.—Age 26-28. (search)
the most remarkable in our history,—which began in 1837, still continued. The failure of some Boston banks had spread unusual distrust. Few local improvements were in progress; but it was thought worthy of record at the time that around the Common had been built a sidewalk, which, as a much-frequented promenade, was called The Lovers' Chase. The domestic life of Sumner's friends underwent changes. Cleveland and Felton were now both married. The former was living at Pine Bank, near Jamaica Pond, and the latter in a new house he had built at Cambridge. Captain R. B. Forbes was embarking for China to make another fortune. Hillard met with one of the saddest of bereavements,—the loss of an only child. Young William Story had passed from College to Law School, and was making his first essays in sculpture,—the busts of his father and a classmate. The Five of Clubs, now four only,—Felton, Cleveland, Hillard, Longfellow,—kept up their reunions, always commemorating at firesides