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F.A. Longfellow and sons, ca. 1849

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F.A. Longfellow and sons, ca. 1849 / NPS, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

There's adventure and activity beyond reading in the library. After dinner we gather with friends and family to dance, sing, make up plays, and listen to music.

Mother wrote, "Charley says his lessons to me now daily in the Library at a little table where his books are kept-after dinner Erny joins too and says his letters very well and counts on the Chinese counting board. They both delight in geography as I teach it, making their fingers ships to sail to China for tea, to California for gold." (Fanny, 29 October 1849)

After many trips to Europe, Papa journeys the world in another way. He wrote, "The heart has his own memories like the mind." Imagine it's his birthday night and we're sitting by the fire as Papa reads <em>Travels by the Fireside</em> to his guests before retiring to bed.

"Let others traverse sea and land,
And toil through various climes,
I turn the world round with my hand
Reading these poets' rhymes"


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