John Ellerton Lodge was one of the best-known ship-merchants of Boston, engaging in commerce chiefly with China. His office was on Commercial Wharf, and his son, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, in his very interesting book called " Early Memories," describes how he used to go down to the wharf when a boy to look at the ships as they sailed up the harbour. He also used to go over the vessels when they docked at his father's wharf, and made friends with the captains and seamen. He describes the great interest he took in the pictures, ivories, nuts, and ginger that had been brought from the East, but he was chiefly interested in the Chinese fire-crackers, which he said often he could not make " go off." Senator Lodge in his "Memories" said these ships reminded him of the following lines by Longfellow:
Father: Giles LODGE b: 12 NOV 1770 in London, Middlesex, England
Mother: Abigail Harris LANGDON b: BET 1776 AND 1777 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA
Marriage 1 Anna Sophia CABOT b: 15 JUN 1821 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA
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