during the following year published a volume of poetical translations from the Spanish
; thus imitating Bryant
, then in some ways his model, who had derived so much of his inspiration from the Spanish
It is not unreasonable to recognize something of his young wife's influence in this rekindling of poetic impulse, and it is pleasant, in examining the manuscript lectures delivered by him at Bowdoin College and still preserved there, to find them accompanied by pages of extracts, here and there, in her handwriting.
It will therefore be interesting to make her acquaintance a little farther.
Mary Storer Potter
was the second daughter of the Hon. Barrett Potter
and Anne (Storer
, neighbors and friends of the Longfellow
She had been for a time a schoolmate of Henry Longfellow
at the private school of Bezaleel Cushman
; and it is the family tradition that on the young professor's returning to his native city after his three years absence in Europe
he saw her at church and was so struck with her appearance as to follow her home afterwards without venturing to accost her. On reaching his own house, however, he begged his sister to call with him at once at the Potter residence, and all the rest followed as in a novel.
They were married September 14, 1831, she being then nineteen