Frances Appleton Longfellow by Rowse, 1859Item 15474 info
Longfellow National Historic Site
Hearing the news, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Longfellow's colleague and friend, wrote to the Boston publisher James Fields, "How does Longfellow bear this terrible misfortune? I cannot reconcile this calamity to my sense of fitness.
"One would think that there ought to have been no deep sorrow in the life of a man like him.... I shall be afraid ever to meet him again; he cannot again be the man I have known."
Longfellow himself wrote, "[I] thank God hourly ... for the beautiful life we led together."