The scarlet letter 6 of 394 the custom house introductory to the scarlet letter it is a little remarkable that though disinclined to talk overmuch of myself and my affairs at the fireside and to my personal friends an autobiographical impulse should twice in my life have taken possession of me in addressing the public. The scarlet letter by nathaniel hawthorne editors note nathaniel hawthorne was already a man of forty six and a tale writer of some twenty four years standing when the scarlet letter appeared he was born at salem mass on july 4th 1804 son of a sea captain. The original papers together with the scarlet letter itself a most curious relic are still in my possession and shall be freely exhibited to whomsoever induced by the great interest of the narrative may desire a sight of them. The scarlet letter i the prison door a throng of bearded men in sad coloured garments and grey steeple crowned hats inter mixed with women some wearing hoods and others bareheaded was assembled in front of a wooden edifice the door of which was heavily timbered with oak and studded with iron spikes
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