Excerpt from The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, Vol. 55: November, 1897, to April, 1898
ET us walk on past the great cedar to the little green door which opens into the lane near the bridge. Tennyson passed this way very often to Dimbola, the house of his restless friend and neighbor, Mrs. Cameron, which stands by the roadside some half the way from Fartingford to the sea. In the days between 1860 and 1878, when the Camerons left for Ceylon, Mrs. Cameron was almost as famous and well-known a figure in Freshwater as Tennyson himself.
Quick impulse immediately acted upon was the prevailing note in a character of singular charm, and Dimbola, her Freshwater home, reﬂects many of the characteristics of its late owner. Freshwater, when she first came to it, could not boast of many large houses I replete with every modern comfort I); but Mrs. Cameron, having resolved to settle there, solved the problem of house accom modation with rapid originality. A certain sailor named Jacob Long owned two cottages with a View from their bay-windows not ex celled by any in Freshwater, and these Mrs. Cameron purchased, converting them into a commodious, if somewhat singular, mansion by uniting them with a castellated center hall, and naming the united structure after a property in Ceylon. But a long course of building still laybefore Jacob Longs cottages.
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