of his family, when he wrote on the paper containing his resignation,--“My house at Cambridge
being surrounded by four thousand people, in compliance with their commands, I sign my name, Thomas Oliver
He left Cambridge
immediately and never returned.
He died in exile at Bristol, England
, in 1815.
On his departure the house was taken possession of by the Committee of Correspondence.
It was next used as a hospital for the men who were wounded in the battle of Bunker Hill
, and in the field opposite this and the Fayerweather house
those who died in these mansions, temporarily converted into hospitals, were buried.
Elmwood then became for three weeks the headquarters for Benedict Arnold
and his company of forty men from New Haven.
In 1779 it was sold to Andrew Cabot
, who eight years later resold the residence to Elbridge Gerry
, a well-known patriot and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence
He afterwards served as governor of Massachusetts
, and later still as vice-president of the United States
In 1818 the estate was purchased of Mr. Gerry
's widow by Rev. Charles Lowell
, who was pastor of the West Church in Cambridge
for over forty years. A year later his youngest and most distinguished son, James Russell Lowell
, was born there.
During the life of Rev. Mr. Lowell
both sides of Elmwood avenue were bordered by hedges of lilac and other shrubs which grew in great luxuriance.
He wished it to be kept in this state of nature, as it was a reminder to him of the lanes in England
All who have read the letters of James Russell Lowell
, edited by Charles Eliot Norton
, will recall the love which tile poet felt for this mansion, his birthplace.
and its beautiful