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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XII: the Black regiment (search)
s, there is generally grumbling and dissatisfaction.—Every captain of a transport who has once taken my regiment wishes to take it again in preference to whites . . . . The very listening to these people is like adjusting the ear to some foreign tongue. Imagine one of the camp washerwomen saying dramatically to-day, I took she when she am dat high, and now if him wants to leave we, let he go ; the person thus chaotically portrayed being a little adopted girl who had deserted her. In January, the Colonel reports that he has presented a sheep to a fellow-officer's wife, and says:— You don't know how pastoral I feel, when I contemplate my little flock of sheep straying round to find something to nibble; as soon as they succeed they will grow fat and we shall nibble them. They are pro-slavery sheep, as Kansas used to say. It was necessary to exercise some ingenuity in order to keep up military guise, for Colonel Higginson wrote to his wife:— When any occasion requ<
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XIII: Oldport Days (search)
she .. gets on well, makes pretty bad bread and is too old to come upstairs. Again: Able to enjoy a quiet Thanksgiving at home. M. was very happy and the little house seemed very pleasant. I desire not to get used to it, but to keep freshly in mind what a pleasure it is to have a home. The diary of 1870 recorded that the writer was reading and planning for Europe. On each birthday or New Year's Day, Colonel Higginson wrote in his journal a brief summary of his life, and under date of January I, 1870, occurs the following:— I begin the year under some new spiritual influences, I hope, with some firmer purposes, more patience. I shall miss Malbone and feel yearly the want of social interests here—but I have the prospect of Europe, which will be a great era. This plan was sorrowfully relinquished, and in March he wrote:— I am suffering under unusual depression, for me, partly the disappointment about Europe . . . and partly the stagnation of this place and my monotono<
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, Bibliography (search)
Counting-Room. (In Hunt's Merchants' Magazine, Jan.) Speech at Anti-Slavery Convention. (In Libbarism and Civilization. (In Atlantic Monthly, Jan.) Same. (In his Outdoor Papers, 1863.) Gym Books of the Year. (In North American Review, Jan.) (Ed.) Harvard Memorial Biographies. 2 volsort) Malbone. Same. (In Atlantic Monthly, Jan.-June.) Ought Women to vote? Memoir of Dr.ericanism in Literature. (In Atlantic Monthly, Jan.) Same. (In his Atlantic Essays. 1871.) A Childhood's Fancies. (In Scribner's Monthly, Jan.) Lowell's Among my Books. Second Series. (I William Lloyd Garrison. (In Atlantic Monthly, Jan.) Def. II. Grant. (In Atlantic Monthly, March) A World Literature. (In Century Magazine, Jan.) Letter Relating to the Cambridge Public Libe Transcendental Period. (In Atlantic Monthly, Jan.) English and American Cousins. (In Atlantic) American Audiences. (In Atlantic Monthly, Jan.) The Close of the Victorian Epoch. (In Atla var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www."); document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E"));