Excerpt from The Poetical Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Vol. 2: Songs in Many Keys, Etc
At the time of the visit referred to, old Julia was living, and on our return we called at the house where she resided} Her account is little more than paraphrased in the poem. If the incidents are treated with a certain liberality at the close of the fifth part, the essential fact that Agnes rescued Sir Harry from the ruins after the earthquake, and their subsequent marriage as related, may be accepted as literal truth. So with regard to most of the triﬂing details which are given; they are taken from the record.
It is greatly to be regretted that the Frankland Mansion no longer exists. It was accidentally burned on the 23rd of January, 1858, a year or two after the first sketch of this ballad was Written. A Visit to it was like stepping out of the century into the years before the Revolution. A new house, similar in plan and arrangements to the old one, has been built upon its site. And the terraces, the clump of box, and the lilacs doubtless remain to bear witness to the truth of this story.
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