Critical Commentary Related to The Custom House Sketch
Hawthorne's Office in the Salem Custom House(photography by Aaron Toleos)
Letter's Angry Eagle and the Salem Custom House" by Hugh Dawson, published
in the Essex Institute Historical Collection,January 1986, vol.
122, pp. 30-34 (courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum)
In this excerpt Dawson notes "inexplicable inaccuracies in the description of Joseph True’s reworking of the national symbol given in ‘The Custom House’" and goes on to observe that "the
authorial pretense to imperfect recollection served his subordination of fact to satire" (34).