Margaret Moore makes it clear that the historical Thomas Maule is the model for
the curmudgeonly Matthew Maule of The House of the Seven Gables.
"Hawthorne had read a great deal about the period of Quaker persecution
in Massachusetts. He knew not only about those who came from overseas, whom
he most emphasized, but also about the homegrown variety. A well-known Quaker,
Thomas Maule, lends his name-inadvertently-to Matthew Maule in The House
of the Seven Gables" (32).