Roman Spring: Memoirs

Roman Spring: Memoirs

Roman Spring: Memoirs

Roman Spring: Memoirs

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My father, Luther Terry, left Connecticut in 1833 to study art in Rome. He was twenty years old. He was born and brought up on a farm near Hartford, at the old Terry homestead where the family had lived since earliest Colonial times. They claimed descent on the distaff side from the patriarchal Governor Bradford, who came to America in the Mayflower .

The Terrys had never grown rich; many of them were parsons; one of them made wooden clocks, now prized by collectors of Americana. My father's name was Luther; he had a brother who bore the name of Calvin, which shows which way the winds of doctrine blew in the family. Calvin and a third brother, James, were both Presbyterian ministers.

The young Luther had a certain talent, and above all a passion for art, and started forth on what must in those days have seemed a great adventure. The call came to a number of other American youths about the same time -- Story, Rogers, Healy, Ives, Simmons, are a few of the names that come to mind. A group of voluntary exiles bringing up their families in a foreign land for love of its beauty. Pilgrim Fathers fleeing the "stern and rock-

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