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( 6 ) North Parlour: The sofa on the interior west wall is a graceful Sheraton Duncan Phyfe with cylindrical cushions. The top rail is mahogany veneer. The sofa has several acanthus leaf carvings and has two plain rosettes at the end of each arm. On the sofa is a knotted hickory walking stick thought to have been used by David Daniel Merritt, the builder of the house.

Above the sofa is a large painting of Joseph W. Lawrence, the first President of the New Brunswick Historical Society. It was painted by John Christopher Miles ca. 1883.

In it Lawrence is shown seated in his private library in allusion to his high regard of local history. The sofa is attributed to Alexander Lawrence, father of Joseph W. Lawrence.

Who is Joseph W. Lawrence? See this entry from the Dictionary of Canadian Biography http://www.biographi.ca.

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