and the Arabesque” were published, but almost unknown.
He fared on the whole mildly with the critics, and the most serious charge made against him was, perhaps, that recorded by him as follows (February 6, 1846): “The Anti-Slavery papers attack me for leaving out the slavery poems in the illustrated edition.
They are rather savage.”
This referred to an edition published by Hart
, November, 1845, and the omission was due, his brother thinks, to “a too goodnatured concession to the expressed wish of the publishers.”
Several other instances of this good nature had occurred on the part of others, and the abolitionists could not easily ignore it. It is to be remembered, on the other hand, that these poems were all included in the cheap edition published by Harper
but a few months later (February, 1846), and that Longfellow
might justly regard this as the one destined to reach the people.
It is also to be recognized that these poems had been written when entirely alone, on a homeward voyage from Europe
; that he did not personally know any of the abolitionists, and perhaps did not quite realize