Letters of Sarah Orne Jewett

Letters of Sarah Orne Jewett

Letters of Sarah Orne Jewett

Letters of Sarah Orne Jewett

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In the village of South Berwick, Maine, which had always been Miss Jewett's home, she died June 24, 1909. This village has been no exception to the changes inevitably advancing in the life of small towns in New England. The immediate vicinities of villages are becoming more beautiful, more developed, day by day, while the encroachment of manufacturing, especially where there are full flowing water-courses, brings multitudes of mill people into the heart of the little towns, and as the old English descendants die out, they are naturally replaced by men, women, and children, who can run the manufactories. Formerly Berwick was in the "deestrict" of Maine, as Lowell loved to call it. Portsmouth then seemed the capital of New England and the governors and clergymen thereof were rulers and potentates, bending the knee only to the King of the Fatherland and the great God in Heaven; and Berwick was not far from Portsmouth, . . .

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