library was for the time extensive, and his books well chosen.
It is said of his daughter that she acquired the art of reading as by intuition, and at the age of ten or twelve read Dryden
's Virgil, Pope
's Homer, Shakespeare
fluently and understandingly, and her enunciation was remarkably correct and pure.
She loved these classic authors, continuing to peruse them with increasing interest to the end of her life.
The great drama of the American
revolution was now opening, and the position of the Haswell family was at this period extremely perilous.
The father had too high a sense of honor to dissemble, consequently his property was confiscated, and he and his family were detained as prisoners of war two years and a half. Part of this time was spent in Hingham
and part in Abington
An exchange of prisoners taking place between the British
, they were sent by cartel to Halifax
, from whence they embarked for England
thus refers to their departure.
‘I will not attempt to describe the sorrow experienced in being thus separated from the companions of my early years.
Every wish of my heart was for the welfare and prosperity of a country which contained such dear, such valuable friends, and the only comfort of which my mind was capable was indulging in the delightful hope of being at some future period permitted again to revisit a land so beloved, companions so regretted.’
While in London
in 1786, she became the wife of Mr. William Rowson
, a friend of her father, and a leader of the band attached to the Royal
Guards in London
Of Mr. Rowson
, Mr. J. T. Buckingham
in his personal memories writes in 1852. ‘There are probably many persons who recollect (for no one who heard can ever forget) the sublime and spirit-stirring tones of the old gentleman's trumpet when he played for the Boston Handel
and Haydn Society the accompaniment to that magnificent air in the Messiah, “The trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised.”
One almost might ’