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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 8: appointment at Harvard and second visit to Europe (search)
90. Good fortune comes at last and I certainly shall not reject it, the young Longfellow wrote to his father. The last paragraph of the letter, he adds, though put in the form of a permission, seems to imply a request. I think I shall accept that also. Some additional correspondence, however, proved necessary, such as follows:— Hon. Josiah Quincy: Sir,—Your letter of to-day inclosing the Vote of the President and Fellows of Hard University in relation to the Professorship of Modn Langs has been received, and in expressing anew my desire to meet your wishes fully in the matter before us, I beg leave to defer an official answer until my return from the South, in about three weeks hence. In the mean time may I take the liberty of calling your attention once more to the subject of our last conversation? I feel it important that I should be regularly appointed before sailing for Europe. Otherwise I present myself as any private individual whatever. But if I go as one of