necessary to grow old to become more indulgent.
I see no fault committed which I have not committed myself.
This milder and more genial spirit increased constantly as Norton grew older, until it served at last only to make his high-bred nature more attractive.
He was born in Cambridge, November 16, 1827, and died in the very house where he was born, October 21, 1908.
He was descended, like several other New England authors, from a line of Puritan clergymen.
He was the son of Professor Andrews Norton, of Harvard University, who was descended from the Rev. John Norton, born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1651.
The mother of the latter was the daughter of Emanuel Downing, and the niece of Governor John Winthrop. Mrs. Bradstreet, the well-known Puritan poetess, was also an ancestress of Charles Norton.
His mother, Mrs. Caroline (Eliot) Norton, had also her ancestry among the most cultivated families in New England, the name of Eliot having been prominent for successive generations