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Bellairs in Urbs

John Bellairs settled in Boston during the first weeks of 1968, having returned from his six-month stay in England earlier than he had planned because of financial straits and homesickness.  He had chosen the east coast because many of the friends he had met in South Bend and Chicago had migrated eastward during his holiday and he much needed to reintegrate himself into his old social circles.

He initially lived with friends before settling into his own apartment on Garden Street on the backside of Beacon Hill.  His wife-to-be, Priscilla, remembers visiting the apartment only once, recalling it as small with scant food in the refrigerator - "one frozen steak and one frozen head of iceberg lettuce" - and being typical of old Boston town houses. Two other minor remembrances were the empty pack of Pall Mall cigarettes that remained in the entryway during his time living there and, near the apartment, at the corner of Garden and Cambridge Streets, was a brick building that housed an evangelical church. Priscilla remembers how John was often “amused” at hearing singing when he passed by[1].

Following John and Priscilla's marriage in June, the two moved into the Cambridge apartment where Priscilla had been living.


  1. Correspondence with Priscilla Bellairs.
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