Tuesday, May 20, 2008

From Baronet to Prince

In an earlier entry, we saw how Captain John Prince sought to put a street through his property, from Pond to Perkins streets. The estate probably ran from Perkins street on the Brookline side of the pond, south and east to today's Arborway. The advertisements below give us a view of how the property changed hands, from the Colonial Governor, Sir Francis Bernard, to businessman Martin Brimmer, and from Brimmer to Captain Prince, the buyer of the Brimmer estate.

Just a thought... why did afternoon survive, but beforenoon disappear from the lexicon?

The Independent Ledger and the American Advertiser

May 17, 1779

[Excerpted from a larger article]

And on TUESDAY the first day of June next, at 11 o'Clock, beforenoon will be sold in the same manner, A large Mansion-House, with Out-Houses, Gardens, Orcharding, and about 50 Acres of rich Land, lying in the Town of Roxbury, about four miles from Boston; beautifully situated on the Border of Jamaica Pond; being lately the Country-Seat of Sir Francis Bernard, Baronet.

At the same Time and Place, will be sold,

Two Lots of Wood-Land, containing about 15 acres, and also, a Piece of Salt Marsh, containing about 3 Acres, belonging to said Estate; all lying in Roxbury aforesaid.

The Sale to be on the Premises.

The Repertory March 18, 1806

To be sold at Publick Auction,

On TUESDAY 1st of April next,

The whole or part as may suit purchasers,

The Seat of the late Martin Brimmer, Esq, situated in Roxbury -- consisting of a Mansion House, large barn, Ice House, Hot House, and about 46 acres of Land, encircling near one third of Jamaica Pond. An opportunity like the present is seldom offered to the gentleman of taste, to furnish himself with a retreat, combining such advantages of distance, prospect, fruit, shade and water. And extensive Garden, improved by 20 years cultivation and supplied with the choicest fruit, will be justly appreciated by those who have witnessed the trouble and expense of similar improvements -- Terms liberal. -- Sale at 12 o'clock.

T.K. JONES & Co.

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