on a section of the image to enlarge.
We have no views of Augusta
or Hallowell as they looked during Martha Ballard's lifetime, but this
sketch probably was made only eleven years after her death.
a teacher of music temporarily residing in the town, had a happy faculty
of delineating in pencil. He boarded with Theophilus Hamlen at the Kennebec
tavern, and during his stay sketched a view of Augusta from the east
side of the river, standing in the field near the northwest corner of
Judge William's house on Myter street. Thge sketch, which was well known
and thought to be very accurate at the time it was taken, was lost sight
of until it was recently found with the papers of the late Edward Rowse,
with some of the lines in a somewhat obliterated condition. These were
retouched and the sketch engraved. It was made after the separation
from Massachusetts, for it is lettered "a view of Augusta, in the
county of Kennebec, in the state of Maine," and before november
8, 1923, for William Branch's wooden building which was destroyed by
fire at that time is on it. There is other evidence from the sketch
which leads to the belief that it was made in 1823..."