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Mrs. Munroe was born in what is now Somerville, married a Somerville man, who, with her, was active in founding the Cross-street Church, and died at her home on Walnut street in 1883, aged sixty-three years.

The Rose of Sharon of 1856, containing the prose just quoted, was edited by Mrs. Caroline M. Sawyer. Mrs. Sawyer was a resident of Somerville from 1869 until her death in 1894. During this period she lived at Tufts College, where her husband, Dr. T. J. Sawyer, was connected with the Divinity School-from 1882 as its dean. An interesting genealogical fact is that, five generations back, one Thomas Foxcroft had two sons, who married, respectively, two daughters of John Coney, a goldsmith of Boston, and the man who taught Paul Revere his trade. From one of these marriages descended Phillips Brooks; from the other, Caroline M. Fisher, who became Mrs. Sawyer.

During her long life Mrs. Sawyer was busy in literary activity, contributing prose and verse to the secular and the religious press, and editing in turn the youth's department of the Christian Messenger, the Rose of Sharon, and the Ladies' Repository, in the last office immediately succeeding Mrs. Bacon. In later years she translated Herder's ‘Leaves of Antiquity,’ and wrote many poems, some of which remain unpublished. A ‘Memoir of Mrs. Julia H. Scott’ attests long friendship with a fellow worker.

The verse written by Mrs. Sawyer, not to speak of numerous poetical translations, comprises pieces of a personal character, and those more objective in their suggestion. To the latter class belongs a stanza written on the occasion of raising the Stars and Stripes on the Lincoln schoolhouse of Somerville. This may properly be quoted, in view of its local associations:—

The Flag of our country, the Flag of the free,
The fairest unfurled o'er the land or the sea,
We give thy proud folds to the breeze, while we raise
The cheer to thy glory, the song to thy praise,
For we love thee and know that, wherever unfurled,
The Stars and the Stripes are the hope of the world.

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