He sailed on April 23, 1842, and although his health gained during the summer, was yet obliged to ask for an extension of time, as follows:—
Marienberg, September 3, 1842.
my dear Sir [Hon. Josiah Quincy],—When I left you in the Spring, I thought by this time I should have recovered my health and be setting ur friend and hle St Josiah Quincy.Harvard College Papers [Ms.], 2d ser. XI. 187. Cambridge. 30 Sep. 1842.
Longfellow spent his summer at the water-cure in Marienberg, with some diverging trips, as those to Paris, Antwerp, and Bruges.
In Paris he took a letter to Jules Janin, now pretty well forgotten, but then the foremost transmit some of its charms to others.
At Antwerp he had the glories of the cathedral, the memory of Quintin Matsys, and the paintings of Rubens.
His home at Marienberg was in an ancient cloister for noble nuns, converted into a water-cure, then a novelty and much severer in its discipline than its later copies in America, to o