From Portland to Cambridge

HWL. "Erny's Wooden Cockerel" from Little Merrythought. Drawing, 1847.   


Longfellow Papers MS Am 1340 (165). Houghton Library.

Longfellow also made an effort to include the children's pets and toys in his narrative, notably a wooden rooster, given to him as a kind of silent alarm-clock and portrayed here, life-sized, in watercolor.