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Chapter 4: Longfellow Unlike Holmes and Lowell, Longfellow was not born in a college town; but he went at fifteen to live in one, and that a very characteristic one, not differing essentially in its traditions from that in which he spent his later life, although all the academic associations at Bowdoin College were on a smaller scale than at Harvard. As Fluellen says in Henry V. that there is a river in Macedon and a river in Monmouth and there are salmons in both, so it may be said that
The oration itself may be found printed in the Boston Every Other Saturday of April 12, 1884.
Cambridge began to exert an influence on Longfellow before he reached it, for while his father urged him to study law — a Moloch which he like Holmes and Lowell barely escaped — he stipulated that, in this case, he should first have some post-graduate study at Harvard in general literature.
This was his announcement of his plans to his father (December 5, 1824): I want to spend one year at Ca