t and is not mentioned out of the family!
Another extract from the same correspondent shows us how Longfellow was temporarily influenced at Brunswick, like Lowell afterwards at Cambridge, by the marked hygienic and even ascetic atmosphere of the period; an influence apparently encouraged in both cases by their young wives, yet leaving no permanent trace upon the habits of either poet,—habits always moderate, in both cases, but never in the literal sense abstemious.
Friday evening [April, 1834].
. . . He has gone to a Temperance Lecture this evening.
He intends becoming a member of the Temperance Society; indeed I do not know but he has signed the paper already.
He is a good little dear, and I approve of everything (almost smoking) he does.
He is becoming an advocate of vegetable diet, Dr. Mussey's hobby; and Clara and I have nothing but lectures from him and Alexander, upon corsets.
The following extract gives us a glimpse of his literary work:—
Brunswick, Nov. 2,