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    Henry W. Longfellow Autograph Letter Signed "Henry W Longfellow". Three pages of a bifolium, 4.5" x 6.75", Cambridge; March 13, 1882. A letter, written very late in Longfellow's life, as he died on March 24, 1882, addressed to Mr. Lorenz Reich. Longfellow wrote to Reich to thank him for a gift of wine, which reads in full:

    "Another case of your Tokayer Ausbuch of 1863 has reached me safely, and again I thank you for your very generous present of their delicious wine. I wish I were well enough to write you a longer letter in its praise; but my amanuensis is absent; and I find writing with my own hand rather difficult. Not so difficult, however, as to prevent me from sending you my most cordial thanks. I am, Dear Sir, Yours very truly Henry W Longfellow."

    Reich's Tokayer Ausbuch wine was marketed for medicinal use, and Longfellow acted as a sponsor on their advertisements. Sadly, Longfellow passed away just 11 days later after suffering from complications of peritonitis (an inflammation of the abdominal wall lining). Longfellow is known best for his "Paul Revere's Ride" and for being the first American to translate Dante's Divine Comedy.

    Condition: Letter is lightly toned throughout, with usual mail folds. Signature is very bold.


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    October, 2018
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