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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XI: John Brown and the call to arms (search)
d I partly believe the whole story. In this letter, he asked aid for what he called secret service, stating that he should need from five to eight hundred dollars within sixty days, for the perfecting of by far the most important undertaking of my whole life. Mr. Higginson asked if this project was connected with the underground railway and received this reply: Rail-Road business on a somewhat extended scale is the identical object for which I am trying to get means. This letter, dated February 12, contained an urgent invitation to meet John Brown with Sanborn and others at Peterborough, New Hampshire. Not being able to do this, Mr. Higginson met Brown in Boston in March. The impression made on him as described in Cheerful Yesterdays was that of simply a high-minded, unselfish, belated Covenanter. The plan which Brown proposed was to get together bands of fugitive slaves in Virginia and either colonize them in the mountain fastnesses or guide them to Canada. In this project M
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XII: the Black regiment (search)
ether. Uncle York finally officiated in driving to the grave, and as the vehicle jolted over the roots in the woods he says, I did n't care how much I jolt he—I pure tink of my money all de time. This use of the word pure is genuine old English. Meantime the chaplain of the regiment, who had been in the habit of varying his spiritual duties by daring forays into the enemy's country, was captured. The Colonel wrote, March 26, 1864:— We have just heard from our dear old Chaplain, Feb. 12, at Columbia Jail, as cheerily as usual-he says I find this a good place for study and have concluded to stay two years. I am doing excellent well and am satisfied. Think of that for a prisoner! In April, Colonel Higginson felt that he must leave the army. The bursting shell which caused his wound had shattered his digestion. He was obliged to live on rice and hominy and confided to his mother, I feel very weak in these days. General Saxton was unwilling to consider his resignation
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XVI: the crowning years (search)
opposition to church organization lessened in later life. He said himself, I am not sure of any change of attitude, though doubtless old age makes one more equable in general attitude. At any rate he considered it his duty to attend church semi-occasionally, both summer and winter. His family rallied him for sleeping through the sermon, but in such cases it always happened that he had remembered more of the discourse than any of those who criticized him. The 1906 diary records:— Feb. 12. Evening at North End school—very turbulent—Italian boys, but I enjoyed talking to them, until I read from Army Life which was a mistake. Never read before children. Mar. 12. Boston before legislative committee at State House, with 8 old soldiers against me. This meeting was to consider the erection of a statue to General Butler, which Colonel Higginson opposed. Mar. 19. At Binghamton, N. Y. P. M. Lecture and had good audience of perhaps 250 in hard storm. June 28. P<