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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Letters

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 1719-sc

Scope and Contents Note

Seven letters written by Longfellow between 1847 and 1880. The first, dated April 30, 1847, is addressed to Mrs. Howitt; in it Longfellow talks about the poet Ferdinand Freiligrath, a mutual friend, and also declines to contribute an article to a journal, citing eye problems and other engagements. The second letter, dated March 7, 1850 and addressed to Dear Sir, is written to send a requested autograph and a stanza of a poem, neither of which is present in the letter. The third letter is dated March 16, 1852 and addressed to Miss Dawson. In it Longfellow thanks her for her praise of his writing, mentions a poem by the German poet Salis, and talks briefly about his book, "Golden Legend."

The fourth letter, written from Nahant, Mass., July 27, 1874, to Dear Sir, relates to a request for an autograph of Nathaniel Hawthorne. The fifth and sixth letters, written May 17, 1878 and February 3, 1880, are to Mrs. Haven and to Mr. Haven, perhaps Susan Haven and George Wallis Haven. The letter to Mrs. Haven relates to her invitation to Longfellow and his visit to Portsmouth, N.H. The letter to Mr. Haven discusses writings of John Elwyn of Portsmouth, N.H. The seventh letter is undated and addressed to My dear Fields, presumably James Thomas Fields; it discusses additions to a book being published and mentions the work "The Belfry of Bruges."

The collection also contains an autograph of Longfellow; a photograph of him taken by James Wallace Black, a Boston photographer; three illustrations of Longfellow from unidentified publications; and copies of the poems "The Two Angels" and "The Poet and His Songs" clipped from unidentified newspapers.

Dates

  • 1847-1880

Creator

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Extent

1 folder (15 items)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Letters written by Longfellow between 1847 and 1880. The collection also contains an autograph of Longfellow; a photograph of him taken by James Wallace Black, a Boston photographer; three illustrations of Longfellow from unidentified publications; and copies of several poems.

General

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Title
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Letters
Status
No Additional Box Or Folder List For This Small Collection
Date
2012
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Language of description note
English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

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