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[p. 27] the Royall house, intending to make it his home, but gave up the project as it was not favored by his wife.

Our family had been patrons of Dr. Swan, and my mother was given a case containing many small glass vials filled with what seemed to be tiny sugar plums to us children. As they were not medicated no harm resulted to us by playing with them.

Nathaniel Hall, who lived in the Secomb house, had a later residence on his farm in the house now the farmhouse on the Lawrence estate. He was son of Willis Hall, and married Joanna Cotton Brooks. Their son, Peter Chardon Hall, married Ann Rose, daughter of Joseph and Ann Rose Swan, and lived on the old place.

My memory of this old house goes back to the time when I went there to visit my school friend, gentle Jennie Hall, who moved from Medford, and died early of consumption. There were several other daughters in this family. Little did I think then, as a young school girl, what interesting facts concerning this place were to come to me in later years. (Register, Vol. XVI, p. 18.)

One house on the other side of the river we will give a little notice. The George L. Stearns house on the east side of Walnut-tree hill was, previous to 1827, the residence of James Hall. It was bought by Capt. John King who, about 1840, sold the place to Mr. Rae, whose daughter was a pupil at Miss Bradbury's private school. Mr. King's family moved to Touro avenue, and in this house, now standing, lived many years. There his daughter, Harriet Winslow King, was born, who married Dudley Cotton Hall.

Mr. Rae sold his property to his son, who in turn sold it to George L. Stearns. This latter owner developed it into a fine place, and it has been known as the Evergreens in recent years. Through its hospitable doors have passed many distinguished people, and we may count it as a place of high thinking. (Register, Vol. XVI, p. 2 I).

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