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Dining Room, Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House, Cambridge, ca. 1910

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Dining Room, Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House, Cambridge, ca. 1910 / National Park Service, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

Our festive birthday begins today in the DINING ROOM.
The table is often set with the family silver, linens, and china. I remember one Thanksgiving when Papa's good friend, Charles Dickens, was our special guest and they hadn't seen each other for twenty-five years. Imagine the most widely-read American poet together with the most widely-read English novelist! It's been a trans-Atlantic friendship ever since the writers had breakfast together here as young men in 1842. Do you read Mr. Dickens' stories or know some of his characters such as, Ebenezer Scrooge or Miss Havisham?

The colorful side table in the dining room is a Buddhist altar table bought by my oldest brother, Charley. He's a worldwide adventurer and collector of art and objects from India to China. We unpacked over twenty crates filled with artifacts from his travels - a bronze crane incense burner, temple jars, a diplomatic sword! Well, what can Papa say? He collects "splendid old things" too.

 

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