, but it is probable that his father then resided in Boston, while his elder brother, Charles Russell Lowell, occupied Elmwood.
The great and even controlling influence exercised upon Lowell from this time by his betrothed, Maria White, who afterward became his wife, is well known, and the simplicity of their daily life is well portrayed in the following extracts from a sort of diary communicated by Lowell about the year 1849 to his friend, Charles F. Briggs, of New York, who then edited Holden's Magazine. By a letter from Briggs to R. W. Griswold
Letters of R. W, Griswold, p. 257. it would appear that he was in charge of it in January, 1850, which must have been about the time of this letter.
There is not, I think, in all Mr. Norton's delightful collection of Lowell's correspondence anything quite so thoroughly local, or giving so close a glimpse of Old Cambridge.
The editor's preface is as follows:--
A Pepysian letter.
Just as we had taken up our pen to go on with