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[124] teacher, then residing at Pine Bank on Jamaica Pond. These five were known among themselves as the Five of Clubs; and came to be known by a too censorious public as “The Mutual Admiration Club,” and this much earlier than the application of the same name to the Atlantic contributors. It is, doubtless, the name instinctively applied by the world outside to those little circles of men of letters which are as inevitable and as innocent as similar companionships among artists or inventors. In this case, however, it was so emphatically insisted upon that, when Felton had praised, in the Christian Examiner, an article by Longfellow, some unknown hand indorsed the page at the Athenaeum Library, “Insured at the Mutual.”

In 1837 Mr. Longfellow removed to the house of Mrs. Craigie, that ancient and picturesque widow described by Lowell in his “Fireside Travels,” who sat at the window black-garbed and white-capped, reading Voltaire; and who forbade the destruction of the canker-worms on the ground that “we are all worms, worms.” It is true, as Lowell

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