It is also evident that he did not regard Longfellow
as the assured head of the American Parnassus
, and at any rate he suggests some Possible rearrangement for the future.
Their real friendship seems to have begun with a visit by Longfellow
's study on October 29, 1846, when the conversation turned chiefly on the slavery question.
called to see him again on the publication of his second volume of poems, at the end of the following year, and Lowell
spent an evening with Longfellow
during March, 1848, while engaged on ‘The Fable for Critics,’ in which the younger poet praised the elder so warmly.
's own state of mind at this period is well summed up in the following letter to his wife's younger sister, Mrs. Peter Thacher
, then recently a mother.