Item MS-2-60, SF Box 18, Folder 19 - Letter from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to William Dummer Northend

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Letter from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to William Dummer Northend

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MS-2-60, SF Box 18, Folder 19

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  • 1875 (Creation)
    Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882
  • 1875 (Creation)

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1 page (1 folder)

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William Wadsworth Longfellow was a poet and educator born in 1807 to Stephen Longfellow and Zilpah (Wadsworth) Longfellow in Portland, Maine. He was educated in the private Portland Academy and at Bowdoin College, Maine. After travelling and studying in Europe he became a professor at Bowdoin and, later, at Harvard College. He retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing and spent the remainder of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His major works include Paul Revere's Ride, The Song of Hiawatha and Evangeline.

Longfellow's first wife, Mary Potter, died in 1835 after a miscarriage. His second wife, Frances Appleton, died in 1861 after sustaining burns from her dress catching fire. Longfellow passed away in 1882.

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The letter was accessioned by Dalhousie University Archives in 1971. The custodial history is unknown.

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Item is one handwritten letter (1875) from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to William Dummer Northend in Salem, Massachusetts regarding the possibility of finding subscribers in Boston and Cambridge for an unnamed cause.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

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William Dummer Northend family papers at the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Longfellow National Historic Site - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) Family Papers, 1768-1972; Longfellow Family Photograph Collection, 1845-1972; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana (1881-1950) Papers, 1744-1971; and Wadsworth-Longfellow Family Papers, 1610-1971.

Bowdoin College Library - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Collection, 1821-1995. Houghton Library - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Papers, 1819-1892; Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Miscellaneous papers, 1840-1882 (MS Am 1370); and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Letters to Emmeline Austin Wadsworth, 1847-1877 (MS Am 1340.12).

Maine Historical Society - Wadsworth-Longfellow family archives,1848-1907; Wadsworth-Longfellow family papers, [between 1762 and 1921]; Wadsworth Longfellow families research collection, 1723-1995; and [Wadsworth Longfellow house] [scrapbook].

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