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‘ [51] took me for an Italian, until I told them I was an American.’ He settled down to his studies in Germany, his father having written, with foresight then unusual, ‘I consider the German language and literature much more important than the Italian.’ He did not, however, have any sense of actual transplantation, as is the case with some young students, for although he writes to his sister (March 28, 1829), ‘My poetic career is finished. Since I left America I have hardly put two lines together,’ yet he sends to Carey & Lea, the Philadelphia publishers, to propose a series of sketches and tales of New England life. These sketches, as given in his note-book, are as follows:—

1. New England Scenery: description of Sebago Pond; rafting logs; tavern scene; a tale connected with the ‘Images.’

2. A New England Village: country squire; the parson; the little deacon; the farm-house kitchen.

3. Husking Frolic: song and tales; fellow who plays the fife for the dance; tale of the Quoddy Indians; description of Sacobezon, their chief.

5. Thanksgiving Day: its merry-making, and tales (also of the Indians).

7. Description of the White Mountains: tale of the Bloody Hand.

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