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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1340.12

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow letters to Emmeline Austin Wadsworth

Overview

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

Dates

  • 1847-1877

Extent

.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.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically

Physical Location

b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*78M-14

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

Title
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow letters to Emmeline Austin Wadsworth: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description
und
EAD ID
hou00550

Repository Details

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