You might be curious to know what Nathaniel Hawthorne’s children were doing on March 19, 1848 and if you were curious to know what Nathaniel Hawthorne’s children were doing on March 19, 1848, we are happy to share the following missive from NYPL’s Berg Collection drafted in both Sophie and Una Hawthornes’ hands:
Julian is dressed in a little knit woolen jacket, bordered and girdled with purple and scarlet- a check gown underneath - knit gaiters on his short legs - one leather shoe and one of cloth, embroidered. His hair has just been curled for the curls dressed by Dora, so that it looks not unlike an old fashioned wig, as to primness and formality. He is now clamboring into a chair beside me - up and down - two or three times a minute, talking about various matters, and expressing, sometimes in one word, what might be elaborated into sentences….
To learn more about the Hawthorne family from their personal reminsices visit NYPL’s Digital Collections website where the journals are available for viewing.