Letter from Santa to Charles & Ernest Longfellow, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1853

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On Christmas Eve 1853, Frances "Fanny" Longfellow authored a letter from Santa Claus to her to oldest children Charles and Ernest Longfellow. The letter, addressed to Charley & Erny in Sleepy Hollow from Chimney Corner, wished the boys a Merry Christmas, but also offered advice. The two boys, nine and eight years old respectively, picked up "naughty words" over the last year, and were not as nice to their parents and little sister as Santa might prefer.

In 1853, Charles Appleton Longfellow (1844-1893) and his brother Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow (1845-1921) lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at Craigie House with their parents, poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Frances Appleton Longfellow.

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  • Title: Letter from Santa to Charles & Ernest Longfellow, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1853
  • Creator: Fanny Appleton Longfellow
  • Creation Date: 1853-12-24
  • Subject Date: 1853
  • Location: Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 15.2 cm x 10.2 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. S-8832
  • Object Type: Text

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