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[125] sternly says, that “the canker years had left her leafless too;” but this could not be said of Miss Sally Lowell, a maiden lady who later became a resident of the large building, in friendly juxtaposition with Longfellow, and whose perpetual and sparrow-like vivacity made her a companion of the young, as I can testify, to her latest years. The Craigie House was then more beautiful than now, by reason of the great elm trees-“ten magnificent elms,” as he wrote in 1839,1--which reached the grass with their pendent boughs and have since perished of sheer old age. Longfellow however greatly improved the appearance of the grounds by the low-fenced terrace which is so appropriate that one finds it hard not to carry that appendage back to the time of Washington.

Craigie House has played a much larger part in Cambridge tradition than the houses which were also the birthplaces of Holmes and Lowell. Those who have spent summers in Cambridge within the last ten years must know well-such is certainly my own experiencethat

1 “Life of Longfellow” by his brother, I. p. 325.

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