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Charles and Ernest Longfellow

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Charles and Ernest Longfellow / National Park Service, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

Eastman Johnson painted this portrait of the first two Longfellow children, Charley and Erny. Papa calls his son, Erny, the "castle builder." He wrote a poem about him after watching him build with his blocks. Mother kept records of her "chicks" in a journal titled, <em>Chronicles of the Children of Castle Craigie</em>. In 1848 she described Erny, "a little past two years-he is now an angelic little child, with soft light hair, and large beautiful, brown eyes, of most tender and dreamy expression" He promises to be the poet, Charley the man of action."

 

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