Every one of those old outlaws who haunt our New-England ponds and marshes, water-soaked and soakers of something else,—intimate with the pure fluid in that familiarity which breeds contempt,—has yet a wholesome side when you explore his knowledge of frost and freshet, pickerel and musk-rat, and is exceedingly good company while you can keep him beyond scent of the tavern.
Any intelligent farmer's boy can give you some narrative of out-door observation which, so far as it goes, fulfils Milton's definition of poetry, simple, sensuous, passionate.
He may not write sonnets to the lake, but he will walk miles to bathe in it; he may not notice the sunsets, but he knows where to search for the blackbird's nest.
How surprised the school-children looked, to be sure, when the Doctor of Divinity from the city tried to sentimentalize in addressing them about the bobolink in the woods!
They knew that the darling of the meadow had no more personal acquaintance with the woods than was exhib
ntil his death, 31 Oct. 1717.
He had a second wife, Hannah, who was buried 9 Ap. 1729.
3. Jonathan, s. of Andrew (2), grad.
H. C. 1699, and after a few years spent in Europe, established his residence in Boston.
He m. Mary, sister of Richard Partridge, agent for N. H. in England, and dau. of Wm. Partridge, Lieut.-governor of New Hampshire.
His children, born in Boston, were Andrew, b. 7 Nov. 1707, grad.
H. C. 1724, Register of the Court of Admiralty, member of the Council, and d. at Milton 24 Jan. 1771, a. 63; Sarah, b. 22 Ap. 1709, m. Byfield Lyde, Esq., 17 Aug. 1727, and d. 5 Oct. 1768; Jonathan, b. 23 July 1710, grad.
H. C. 1728, Chief Justice and Lieut.-governor of Nova Scotia, where he d. 29 Mar. 1776, leaving son Daniel, a merchant in Halifax, d. at Boulogne, France, 17 Nov. 1841, a. 78, and a dau. Mary Emilia Elizabeth, who m. Dr. Tim. L. Jennison, and d. in Camb., 23 Aug. 1848, a. 88; William, b. 12 Ap. 1712; Thomas, b. 14 May 1713.
Jona-than the f. after his return
9 Dec. 1715; Jane, b. 9 May 1718; David, bap. 10 July 1720, d. young; David, b. 4 Sept. 1722.
These chil., except the first David, were living in 1731.
Joseph the f. prob.
res. at Menot., and d. about 1724; his w. Jane was administratrix 27 Ap. 1724, and d. about 1771.
10. Thomas, s. of Nathaniel (6), m. Ruth——, who d. 27 June 1737, a. 34, and he m. Xena Jackson 24 Oct. 1737.
were Thomas, bap. 23 Feb. 1723-4; Nathaniel, bap. 17 Ap. 1726, grad.
H. C. 1747, was ordained at Milton 13 Feb. 1751, was father of Lieut-governor Edward H. Robbins, and d. 19 May 1795; Mary, bap. 16 June 1728; Stephen, bap. 28 June 1730; Susanna, bap. 9 Dec. 1733; Esther, bap. 16 Jan. 1736-7; John, bap. 6 Aug. 1738, prob.
the same who was of Lex., and m. Sarah Prentice 14 May 1761; Philemon, bap. 19 Aug. 1739; Ruth, bap. 7 June 1741; Ebenezer, bap. 4 July 1742, m. Sarah Estabrook 8 June 1775; Ezra, bap. 12 Aug. 1744; and others after his removal to Lex. Thomas the f. prob.
res. near the lin