"Who could not guess the fondness of Francis Meredyth and Mary Armour Whitehouse for nature, and for Manchester, by looking at the bookplate designed by Robert Strong Woodward and engraved by Mr. Elwell? It is a garden scene: beyond the evergreen trees and the fountain Manchester Bay glints through a casement doorway. The armorial embellishment is inscribed: 'fides scutum.'"
An interesting e-mail (below) from a descendent of John Elwell gives us more background. The editiors of this site have come to learn that the plates were donated to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This particular is listed on their website. CLICK HERE to view the record.
To view the link to the Newton Highlands Historical Archive please, Click Here.