Last updated: February 3, 2017
In 1849 Frances Longfellow received an early New Year’s gift from Henry of a bronze greyhound statuette, almost certainly the same one pictured above. She mentioned the gift in a November 26, 1849 letter to her close friend Emmeline Wadsworth, writing “I have a darling little bronze greyhound given me for New Year in advance – by Henry . . .” The Longfellow family often exchanged gifts to mark the coming of a new year. For some reason, in 1849 Henry decided to get a jump on 1850, and give his gift to Fanny more than a month early.