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Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (1807-1882) [Allegorical verses on slavery]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05570 Author/Creator: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (1807-1882) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript document Date: circa 1850s Pagination: 2 p. ; 23.5 x 18.1 cm.

Written in Harriet Beecher Stowe's hand. Her clipped signature ("H B Stowe") has been pasted to the end of the poem. Despite being in Stowe's hand and having the addition of Stowe's signature, both poems are actually 1842 works on slavery by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the first being a poem in five stanzas dedicated to William E. Channing. The second in three stanzas is titled "The Warning."

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