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Frances Elizabeth Appleton Longfellow

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Frances Elizabeth Appleton Longfellow / NPS, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

The dining room serves as a small portrait gallery. Our mother, Fanny Appleton, painted here by G. P. A. Healey, was an educated, beautiful lady from Boston. She was a devoted parent and our teacher. As Papa's intellectual partner, she helped him with his work. She was a source of ideas, read aloud to Papa, and recopied his papers. Sadly, in 1861 she passed away. Hannah Davie, our governess, took over many tasks, such as reading aloud to us. Papa misses Fanny, our mother, and wrote, "She never came into a room where I was without my heart beating quicker, nor went out without my feeling that something of the light went with her." He's both father and mother to us now.


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