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HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
OUTRE-MER, HYPERION, KAVANAGH,
EDITED, WITH AN INTRODUCTION,
CHATTO AND WINDUS, PUBLISHERS.
(SUCCESSORS TO JOHN CAMDEN HOTTEN.)
TT would be difficult to mention any name more dear and familiar to thousands of households on both sides of the Atlantic, than that of Longfellow. And no reputation was ever more spotless and unsullied in its character; no man's writings have ever been so thoroughly pure and wholesome in their tendency. This is a kind of influence any one might well wish to enjoy; an influence that has refined and brightened countless homes in both hemispheres for some forty years past.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, on February 27th 1807. He is a son of the late Hon. Stephen Longfellow, and a descendant of William Longfellow of Newbury, Massachusetts. This gentleman—the first of the name who came to America—was born in Hampshire (England), in 1651, and emigrated to Newbury, Massachusetts, where, in 1676, he married Anne Sewall, and was drowned at Anticosti, a large desert island of Canada East, in the estuary of the St, Lawrence, in 1690.* On the mother's side, he is a descendant of John Alden, who came over in the Mayflower, and who was the first man that landed at Plymouth.
Our poet's father, Stephen Longfellow, was bom at Gorham, Massachusetts, in 1776, graduated at Harvard University in 1798, became an eminent lawyer, was a member of the National Congress, and filled several other public posts, with credit to himself and advantage to his constituents. He resided
* See Joshua Coffin's Sketch of the History of Newbury, from 1635 -to 1844. Boston. 1845.