Letters of John Holmes to James Russell Lowell and Others

Letters of John Holmes to James Russell Lowell and Others

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Letters of John Holmes to James Russell Lowell and Others

Letters of John Holmes to James Russell Lowell and Others

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Mr. John Holmes, or John Holmes, as he was always affectionately called, belonged to an age of quietude and simplicity now long passed away, and scarcely understood.

The rule of his life was few needs and desires, few friends, and simple surroundings. He was born in 1812 in the old gambrel-roofed parsonage, the son of the Reverend Abiel Holmes, and younger brother of Oliver Wendell Holmes. He graduated from Harvard in 1832, and remained in the charming old home with his mother as long as she lived.

He was betrothed in his youth to a young companion, but unfortunately she died before their marriage, and the affection and devotion of his warm and unselfish nature were bestowed in fullest measure on his mother.

He was over fifty when she died, and he then moved with the old housekeeper to the little house on Appian Way, or A. W., as he always called it.

The chronicles of this busy thoroughfare gave him infinite amusement, and here he closed his retired life in 1899.

A chronic lameness kept him often confined to his room, and, with his naturally quiet disposition, prevented his taking any active part in life.

Three short trips to Europe and occasional visits . . .

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