present volume when we observe that the effect of all this influence was to create not merely individual writers, but literary families.
The Rev. Abiel Holmes, D. D.
, author of “The Annals of America
,” came to Cambridge
as pastor of the First Church
in 1809; and both his sons, Oliver Wendell
and John, became authors -the one being known to all English readers, while the other, with perhaps greater original powers, was known only to a few neighbors.
family, coming in 1825, was a race of writers, including the two Henrys, John, William, John F. W., and George.
, the head of the Boston
bar in his day, was a native of Cambridge
(1699); as was his son Francis Dana
, equally eminent and followed in lineal succession by Richard Henry Dana
, the poet; and by his son of the same name, author of “Two years before the Mast.”
family, closely connected with the Danas, was successively represented in Cambridge
by Professor E. T. Channing
, the Rev. W. H. Channing
, and Professor Edward Channing
With them must be associated Washington Allston
, whose prose and verse were as remarkable as