that it was written by him. Why, then, was it not mentioned in this list sent to Mr. George W. Greene
, or did he by a slip of the pen record it as a story and not as a poem?
Perhaps no solution of this conundrum will ever be given, but it would form a valuable contribution to the record of his literary dawning.
Judging from the evidence now given, the most probable hypothesis would seem to be that the two contributions which Longfellow
meant to enumerate were the story called ‘An Indian Summer’ in ‘The Token’ for 1832, and a poem, not a story, in ‘The Token’ for 1833.
Even against this theory there is the objection to be made that the editor of ‘The Token,’ Samuel G. Goodrich
, in his ‘Recollections of a Lifetime’ (New York, 1856), after mentioning Longfellow
casually, at the very end of his list of writers, says of him, ‘It is a curious fact that the latter, Longfellow
, wrote prose, and at that period had shown neither a strong bias nor a particular talent for poetry.’
It is farther noticeable that in his index to this book, Mr. Goodrich
does not find room for Longfellow
's name at all.1
It is to be borne in mind that at the very time when Longfellow
was writing these somewhat trivial contributions for ‘The Token,’ he was also engaged on an extended article for ‘The ’