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In your reply to "F," Boston, you say that tradition says that all our Weeping Willows come from a cutting of that one. at Napoleon's grave, and you speak of Capt. Jacob Smith as probably the ancestor of a former correspondent. Now it is my custom on receiving your magazine to commence reading it at once, and when I find anything likely to interest our domestic circle, I read it aloud. When the above was thus read a venerable lady of excellent memory, said:
"I remember seeing a very large old Weeping Willow, when I lived in Newport, R. I., and it must have been as early as 1812, for our family all left Newport before then, as Mr. Madison's embargo and the war left little for people to do in Newport. Napoleon died in 1821, nine years after, and not long enough ago to make a search for ancestors very difficult." Thank you very much for your European Notes; how they must awake long-slumbering echoes in many wanderers from Albion! Even I, Yankeefied beyond belief, and certain to pass with your friend, the"guard," for an unmitigated "furriner," was so far affected by the little word " Uckfield," that my eyes involuntarily closed; many, many years were retraced, and among many recollections was one of a secluded pond, with Willows on one side and Pine trees on the other, the cones from the latter giving the boy of six years practical illustrations of the laws of "interference of vibration in elastic media," which have made the study of acoustics and optics pleasanter and easier. The Newport Willow, above mentioned, was in Third street on the 'Point," and there may be many who remember it as long ago as the time stated.
Your Boston friend"F." can make inquiries around Long Wharf, and the boat builders, when he visits Newport next summer.
[We are much indebted to our corresponden-for these notes. In our former remarks the reference was intended to be in regard to the introduction of the Weeping Willow into New England, rather than over the whole country. Weeping Willows were not uncommon as sidewalk trees in Philadelphia, in 1803, and there may be older dates elsewhere. - Ed. G. M].