Masthead of The Concord Freemanvol. XI from August 1, 1845 which contains the obituary of Martha Hunt

Hawthorne was living at the Old Manse when he was called to help look for Martha Hunt, a woman who drowned in the Concord River. This event likely inspired the drowning scene in The Blithedale Romance.
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