assigned to him, “The life and writings of Chatterton
,” was corrected by pen and ink after printing, and the title “Our native writers” substituted.
We know from his own letters that he wrote the paper on Chatterton
two months before it was due, but that at the suggestion of his father, then in Congress at Washington
, he substituted the other, apparently at the last moment.
The oration itself may be found printed in the Boston Every Other Saturday
of April 12, 1884.
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
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 Cambridge
for the purpose of reading history and of becoming familiar with the best authors in polite literature; whilst at the same time I can be acquiring a knowledge of the Italian
language, without an acquaintance with which I shall ”