September 22, 1863
FR writes a long letter to her niece who is about to be married. The bridegroom has the distinction of "Anglo-Saxon Professor," which FR holds in higher respect than a peerage, and so after a paragraph of good wishes, the letter is devoted to her love of Anglo-Saxon history.
The following three books listed here with links for either reading online or purchasing, were among those FR had read:
History of the Anglo-Saxons by Sharon Turner. 1852. 3 volumes.
Harold, The Last of the Saxon Kings by Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton
History of the Anglo-Saxons by Sir Francis Palgrave
In addition to these, FR mentioned "a very amusing little Anglo-American book, 'The Courtship of Miles Standish,' in which Longfellow included 'a delightful scene between "Alfred the Truth-Teller" and the Mariner-discoverer of the North Polar Sea." And she finishes with this surprising note: "My hero Alfred was well sketched there, and what a fine head he has! beyond 'all Greek, all Roman fame,' for manly beauty."