Mrs. Moore inherited a few wonderful family heirlooms. We were just in Boston to pack family antiques and were pleased to pass some of the most precious family possessions on to another generation. In an 1802 diary of Enoch and Mary Swett of Boston, Massachusetts, there is a very interesting diary entry which says that the Boston couple had just returned from a six-month stay in Britain where Mary Fowler Swett purchased household items for her home in Boston and a miniature portrait of her husband Enoch and a small walking stick with an “exotique canine” handle for herself. We were thrilled to inherit these wonderful items. The cane handle is splendidly carved ivory with cornelian and jet eyes; it is the work of a wonderful artist. For me, this is another example of the close ties between England and the the young United States. This Transatlantic cross took place ten years before the War of 1812, and Atlantic crossings at this time were very dangerous and lengthy. I am only sorry that Enoch Swett does not comment on his crossing. Perhaps it was so horrific that he didn’t wish to remember the details. We do know that three generations of the Swett family crossed the Atlantic for Britain between 1750 – 1860. Two of the families lived in London for long periods of time. I think this is a great family story with fine antiques to highlight the Swett diary story.
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918