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Henry Longfellow's writing table, portrait, and the 'Children's Chair', Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2003

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Henry Longfellow's writing table, portrait, and the 'Children's Chair', Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2003 / NPS, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

Next to the front hall is the STUDY, Papa's office. Here's one of my favorite pictures of Papa, painted by Erny. Many days we love to surprise Papa while he's deep in thought writing. He may be standing at his desk by the window or writing on his rosewood lap desk by the fire. Either way, if we enter through "three doors left unguarded" and rob him of his time, he may call us "banditti."

The study is not only a work place; it's a gathering place. Here Papa welcomes his close friends including abolitionist Charles Sumner, and writers Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Papa enjoys talking politics and poetry. On the walls of the room is a series of portraits of his charming, witty, intelligent friends. Papa described Cornelius Conway Felton, his first friend in Cambridge, as "perfectly happy - just like a child with both hands full of flowers."

 

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