At Topsham, where the family would make their headquarters, they were joyfully welcomed by the Howlands. Henry was especially glad to see the Howlands, for he had spent some five years as an infant with them. Noting Henry's interest in and love for music, Stockbridge Howland purchased a brand-new organ. The "old mansion in which a dozen years before was heard the innocent, merry laugh of the beautiful, prattling little Henry now resounded with the music of the instrument from his skillful touch, mingled with his own sweet voice." So wrote Adelia Patten, who accompanied the family and reported the journey.