the desk hung a beloved picture of Mrs. Brooks. Mr. Brooks used often to point to it and say "There is my inspiration."
         At about the time that Dr. Slattery came to Springfield, the Library Association needed the land on which the rectory stood. An exchange of properties was made, the library giving the Brewer house and lot and $31oo. The rectory had fallen into a gentle decay and moving and remodelling it being considered too great an undertaking, it was taken down, and the new rectory built. A corner cupboard, a fireplace, mantel doors, and paneled walls taken from this one time "Bliss mansion," are now "part of the Colonial room given the Nation through the Smithsonian Institute by Mrs. Gertrude Ritter . . . The panelling . . . is of white pine, a white pine that is no longer found and which was considered an excellent material for carving. The panels were all put together with wooden pegs, with no nails used. The room is of the Connecticut type and experts pronounce it beautiful and unique because of the design of the panelling, the overhanging cornice and the unusual size. The glass on the door of the cupboard is original and the painting on the plaster inside amusing as well as artistic."
         Another historic house was taken down to make a place for Christ Church's third rectory. This house had been built by Mr. James Brewer. He and his family lived in it for many years, and it was still owned by a member of the family when it was transferred to Christ Church. The architect of the third Christ Church Rectory was Mr. E. J. Parlett, who built this with the thought that, someday it might be linked with the other church buildings and made an addition to the Parish House. The plans of this rectory were printed in The Chronicle, before the building was started. With the exception of the terrace reached by French windows, from the dining room and study, there were followed so carefully we will quote the item in detail. It described the proposed building as " . . . a dignified substantial house, in keeping with its surroundings linked with the Parish House by a low wall. The


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