John Greenleaf Whittier (18071892). The Poetical Works in Four Volumes. 1892.
Appendix II. Poems Printed in the Life of Whittier
Mrs. Choates House-Warming
[His washerwoman, Mrs. Choate, by industry and thrift had been enabled to build for her family a comfortable house. When it was ready for occupancy, there was a house-warming, attended by all the neighbors, who brought substantial tokens of their good-will, including all the furniture needed in her new parlor. Mr. Whittiers hand was to be seen in the whole movement; he was present at the festivity, and made a little speech, congratulating Mrs. Choate upon her well-deserved success in life, and said he would read a piece of machine poetry which had been intrusted to him for the occasion. These are the lines, which were, of course, of his own composition.S. T. PICKARD, Life and Letters of John Greenleaf Whittier.]