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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1340.12

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow letters to Emmeline Austin Wadsworth


Letters written by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to his relative Emmeline Wadsworth.


  • 1847-1877


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Consists of letters from Longfellow to his sister Emmeline, addressing family news and the birth and later tragic death of the daughter and how he coped. Letters also mention the Civil War and emancipation. There are also several letters from Longfellow's wife, Fanny, to Emmeline discussing the death of her daughter. Also included in the collection are two poems by Longfellow entitled "The Fire of Drift-Wood", and "Emmeline", and some newspaper clippings.

Biographical / Historical

Longfellow was an American poet.


Arranged chronologically

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition


Gift of Mr. William P. Wadsworth, 29 The Homestead, Geneseo, Livingston County New York 14454; received: 1979 January 4.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow letters to Emmeline Austin Wadsworth: Guide.
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