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1 In 1680 Samuel Sewall wrote to his brother in England: ‘Brother Longfellow's father Wm lives at Horsforth, near Leeds. Tell him bro. has a son William, a fine likely child, and a very good piece of land, and greatly wants a little stock to manage it. And that father has paid for him upwards of an hundred pounds to get him out of debt.’ In 1688 William Longfellow is entered upon the town records of Newbury as having ‘two houses, six plough-lands, meadows,’ etc. The year before, he had made a visit to his old home in Horsforth.
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