"I remembered to have read (probably in Felt’s Annals) a notice of the decease of Mr. Surveyor Pue"

Joseph B. Felt’s Annals of Salem (1827) was one of Hawthorne’s main sources of information about his native town. The notice of Pue’s death in 1760 is contained in an extremely succinct two lines on page 455: “March 24th. Jonathan Pue, Esq. d. suddenly. He was surveyor and searcher of this Port and Marb.”