HWL. "Mr. Peter Quince going up in a balloon" (no. 4) and "Mr. Quince falls out of his balloon in the sea" (no. 6) from  Peter Quince, ca. 1860.


Longfellow Papers MS Am 1340 (163). Houghton Library.

Longfellow invented the accident-prone traveler Peter Quince for the amusement of his children. The series, which has 27 installments, ends dramatically with Quince being thrown off his gig, after which his limp body is carried away by his friends and a doctor is called in.