Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Three Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Autograph Letters Signed, "Henry W. Longfellow", eight pages total, 4.25" x 7", Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 15, 1869, February 8 and February 15, 1870, with unstamped cover addressed to Edmond Price, Allston, Massachusetts. Longfellow was undoubtedly one of the English language's most eloquent poets and produced a substantial body of work composed of such masterpieces as Evangeline, Song of Hiawatha, and The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. A lesser-known collection of his sonnets, "Three Friends", includes the line, "Hangs o'er the Brighton Meadow like a fate". The Brighton Meadow immortalized here is the subject of the letters offered in this lot. All three letters reference the place by name and it seems that Longfellow was buying the property from the recipient of the correspondence. The February 8, 1870 letter, for instance, reads in small part: "...On Saturday I sent by Mr. W.A. Saunders (who said he should see you) $3500 to take up your mortgage on the Brighton Meadows. If you are in town today, and will call upon him, you will find the money ready for you...". An exceptional and cohesive grouping with a direct literary reference and three splendid signatures. Small edge splits along folds and browning on edges. Very good condition.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2006
    12th-13th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 772

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold on Oct 13, 2006 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 October 20 Manuscripts Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thanks a million for getting approval to sell my Civil War Hospital Death Ledger! You made them AND ME , a nice profit. You are the best!
    Ed W.,
    Mount Vernon, OH
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search