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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., Parson Turell's Legacy or the President's old Arm-Chair. (search)
Parson Turell's Legacy or the President's old Arm-Chair. A poem with this caption was written by Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes many years ago. A recent reading secords for the old parson's will, and led to an interesting evening with Parson Turell at the Historical Society, when the poem we reproduce was read. As no such bHarvard College on September 16, 1924, but really don't know that it was Parson Turell's. It doesn't look like the woodcut we saw. Perhaps Dr. Holmes' poem is much embellishment and little history. M. W. M. Parson Turell's Legacy or the President's old Arm-Chair Facts respecting an old arm-chair, At Cambridge. Is kept inr there:— I'm talking about an old arm-chair. You've heard, no doubt, of Parson Turell? Over at Medford he used to dwell; Married one of the Mather's folk; Got with hf Justice Sewall a cause to try in, Or Cotton Mather to sit—and lie—in. Parson Turell bequeathed the same To a certain student,—Smith by name; These were the terms,