it would, it attracted much attention from passers, and people coming in to see it remained to make purchases.
The above occurrences must have been before the years of Washington
's first term as president, and soon after, Mr. Welch
and Elizabeth Jarvis
Their home in the buildings designed by the noted architect of the State House
, Charles Bulfinch
, was in the most aristocratic and residential part of the town of Boston
, a section now entirely devoted to business.
While Mr. Jarvis
, the wig-maker, ‘was dependent on his own earnings for support,’ he had a merchant brother, Leonard Jarvis
, of the firm of Jarvis
The partner, (Moses) Stone
, was the owner of a large estate bordering on Charles river
, his orchard and park being the territory now known as Mount Auburn Cemetery.
One of the papers alluded to in commencing was dictated or written by the daughter of Mr. Stone
, and gives a graphic account of her first visit to Mrs. Welch
's home in 1798.
This writer (Mrs. Ann Orne
) was then but four years of age. Her childhood impressions were strongly fixed, and nearly sixty years afterward graphically written.
Arriving at the Welch home late in the afternoon she was put in bed in the nursery, when, after a nap, she awoke with the vision of ‘a little cherub, with face of ivory and pink beneath his curls,’ looking at her over the side of the crib, who soon ran to the staircase and cried out, ‘Oh, mamma, Mary has come back from Heaven!’
then returned to gaze in delight till the shadows deepened.
This was Mrs. Welch
's son John, or ‘Jack
,’ as he was called (they had lost their first-born of the same name). But a few months before, they had lost two daughters, Betsy and Mary, by scarlet fever, and little Mary's memory was, doubtless, fresh in the boy's mind.
The visit was prolonged for a week, and at its close the little girl was taken to her home by the Charles river
by Mrs. Welch
in her carriage, which also made a lasting impression on her mind.