country in 1835, remaining two years. She was a guest in the home of Rev. Caleb Stetson
, pastor of the First Parish, Medford
, and corresponded with him. The parsonage then was the home on High street, later the residence of the late John Ayres
, now the site of the parish house of St. Joseph's Church.
As the guest and family sat together looking out on the Mystic river
below, or low lying Pasture Hill
above, there must have been much pleasant conversation on subjects of common interest, for Miss Martineau
's brother was a celebrated Unitarian
A relative of the Stetsons says, ‘There floats in my mind a dim tradition of Miss Lucy Osgood
having made a tea party for Miss Martineau
at that time, borrowing my aunt's guest knives and forks, as extras were needed, but not inviting her. I doubt if any ladies were present but the two sisters and Miss Martineau
; they found manly-scholarly conversation much more to their liking than the usual feminine-domestic.
Yet no one relished a spicy bit of gossip, not unfriendly, more than they, but it must be the spice, not the substance, of life.’
John Quincy Adams
visited his favorite niece, Abby S. Adams
, wife of John Angier
, in the house built by Mr. Angier
, which became the property of our esteemed townsman, the late Eleazar Boynton
We can determine the time of his being here by the dates of the marriage and death of his niece, 1831 and 1845.
On this estate, on the west side of the lawn, is a Scotch laburnum and an English oak planted by Mr. Adams
He brought them as small cuttings from abroad, before importations of such goods were common by nurserymen and florists.
A manuscript piece of music, the work of Mr. Adams
, is in the possession of the family who own the Surriage fan.
Daniel Webster came one summer day (before 1852) to call on a friend who was boarding here, and together they went to pay their respects to Rev. William Adams
. Doctor Adams
was spending his vacation at the home