ident and Fellows of Harvard University in reference to my election to the Smith Professorship of Modern Languages and Belles Lettres in that institution, which assurances were communicated to me in yr favor of 1st January, together with their Vote upon the subject,—I have the honor to inform you, that I shall sail for Europe in the month of April next, and remain there till the summer of 1836.
Very respectfully Henry W. Longfellow.Harvard College Papers, 2d ser. VII. 10. Portland, February 3, 1835.
His first book, in a strict sense, published before his departure, was his translation of the Coplas of Jorge Manrique (1833), in which were added to the main poem a few translations of sonnets, the whole being prefaced with an article from The North American Review on the Moral and Devotional Poetry of Spain.
It was these works which had attracted the attention of Professor Ticknor, and had led to results so important.
The young professor sailed at the time mentioned, accompanie