It was a mistake- Mrs. A local teenager named Martha Hunt had drowned herself in the river and Hawthorne's boat Pond Lily was needed to find her body. Oh that I was rich enough to live without a profession! Hawthorne probably added the "w" to his surname in his early twenties, shortly after graduating from college, in an effort to dissociate himself from his notorious forebears.
He wrote about his experiences in the essay " Chiefly About War Matters " in The only problem was that the four Manning brothers were always too busy working to take a vacation. The Salem World of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Illustration by Walter Crane for the edition.