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Hon. Josiah Quincy:
Sir,—Placing entire confidence in the assurances of the President 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 Ti
he had married Zilpah, daughter of General Peleg Wadsworth, of Portland.
Of their eight children, Henry Wadsworth was the second.
He was named for his mother's brother, a gallant young lieutenant in the Navy, who on the night of September 4, 1804, gave his life before Tripoli in the war with Algiers.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born on the 27th February, 1807; graduated at Bowdoin College in 1825; in 1829 was appointed Professor of Modern Languages in the same college; was married in 1831 to Mary Storer Potter (daughter of Barrett Potter of Portland), who died in 1835; in 1836 was appointed Professor of Modern Languages and Belles-Lettres in Harvard College, which office he held till 1854.
He was again married in July, 1843, to Frances Elizabeth Appleton, daughter of Nathan Appleton, of Boston.
She died in 1861.
Their children were Charles Appleton, Ernest Wadsworth, Frances (who died in infancy), Alice Mary, Edith, and Anne Allegra.
He died on the 24th March, 1882.