He then continues, “In the evening I walk on the Common with Hillard
, or alone; then go back to Cambridge
If not very late, I sit an hour with Felton
For nearly two years I have not studied at night, save now and then.
Most of the time am alone; smoke a good deal; wear a broad-brimmed black hat, black frockcoat, a black cane.
Molest no one.
Dine out frequently.
In winter go much into Boston
This mention of the broad-brimmed black hat-now incredible — suggests the criticisms, still remembered in Cambridge
, which were made upon Mr. Longfellow
's youthful taste for becoming costume.
He was undoubtedly thinking of himself when in “Hyperion” he made the Baron
say to Paul Fleming
, “The ladies already begin to call you Wilhelm Meister
, and they say that your gloves are a shade too light for a strictly virtuous man.”
He perhaps also thought of it when he wrote to Sumner
, then in Europe
, “If you have any tendency to ‘ curl your hair and wear gloves,’ like Edgar
,’ do it before your return.”