From Portland to Cambridge

Charles Appleton Longfellow and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [?] Rebus, undated.


Courtesy National Park Service, Longfellow National Historic Site LONG 19957

Found among the hundreds of children's manuscripts and drawings at Craigie House. The handwriting is strikingly similar to that of the 9-year-old Charley (who was the Longfellow child most interested in ships and sailing), and the drawings-especially of the sailboat-indicate that Longfellow himself was involved. It is amusing to see here how a word game popular with the Victorians is made to serve the imagination of an American child who is fascinated by reckless adventure and the distant prospect of violence.