Close-up of fountain in front of Daniel Low Building, 231 Essex Street Mall, built in 1976 on the site of the Town Pump made famous in Hawthorne's sketch, "A Rill from the Town Pump"

In Hawthorne's sketch "A Rill from the Town Pump," his narrator is the Town Pump who offers ostensibly a lecture on temperance but whose clear subtext is a light-hearted satire of vehement advocates of temperance. The sketch is perhaps specifically aimed at George Cheever, pastor of the Howard Street Church,and one such advocate.
(photography by Bruce Hibbard) close window