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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, VI: in and out of the pulpit (search)
oro, for Mr. Higginson wrote to his mother:— This is not my first churning, nor did I do all of this, for it took a great while and I had not time, but week before last I did it all and this time most of it, so you may safely call it my butter with some twirls of the crank from M. likewise. You don't see such butter every day! Soon he added:— It is quite as beautiful here as was reported and our feet are fast growing to the ground. From this earthly paradise in the ecstasy of June he wrote:— The soft west wind blows into my window, rich with lingering apple blossoms and half blown clover... thrushes' and bobolinks' and robins' notes. . . . In these lovely Spring days with the blue Merrimack waves dancing before me, the world seems very young, and all evil short-lived. It is said in Newburyport that the young minister on leaving there burned all his unpublished sermons. However this may be, he preached in a hall after he had, to use his own words, preached<
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XI: John Brown and the call to arms (search)
ly for similar purposes in the past few years he could raise no more money. My own loss of confidence, he added, is also in the way—loss of confidence not in you, but in the others who are concerned in the measure. Those who were so easily disheartened last spring may be deterred now. . . . Did I follow only my own inclination, without thinking of other ties, I should join you in person, if I could not in purse. And he declared that he longed to see Brown set free from timid advisers. In June, Sanborn wrote to Higginson that John Brown had set out on his expedition, having secured some eight hundred dollars; and September 4, he again wrote, beseeching him to raise fifty dollars if possible. After the sudden defeat of Brown's enterprise, followed by his arrest and imprisonment, most of the friends who had been active in assisting his project went temporarily to Canada or to Europe to avoid threatened prosecution, but Mr. Higginson stood his ground, declaring it a duty to at leas
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XIII: Oldport Days (search)
t is pleasant to think, he mused, that summer visitors are always a source of pleasure, if not by their coming, then by their going. In the midst of this pleasant social life Colonel Higginson was still sending monthly articles to the Atlantic, besides doing much miscellaneous writing. Some of these papers describing Newport life were later published in a volume entitled Oldport Days. Meantime he kept himself informed of the whereabouts and welfare of the men of his old regiment, and in June after attending a military funeral, he reflected:— How great the charm of military life; it makes me almost unhappy to see men form in line and think of the happy time when that was the daily occupation of my life . . . . How like a dream it all seems. .. That I was in it myself seems the dreamiest thing of all; I cannot put my hand upon it in the least, and if some one convinced me, in five minutes some morning, that I never was there at all, it seems as if it would all drop quietly
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XIV: return to Cambridge (search)
en similar in tone to my Woman's Journal papers, but not entering on the suffrage question. On the latter point I expect to write occasionally in the Independent. And the following winter he noted:— I enjoy writing my Bazar papers, having an audience of 100,000 all over the world. In 1884, Colonel Higginson also plunged with ardor into the Mugwump movement, calling anti- Blaine meetings and making campaign speeches for Cleveland. His diary reports an anti-Blaine meeting in early June,—Great success, which gratified me, since it was I who proposed it and drew up call which was signed by 1500. From the same record it appears that in the autumn he gave political harangues on five successive evenings in as many cities. This letter gives his impressions of Cleveland and Beecher, that of the latter being less flattering than an earlier estimate, some thirty years before. New York is fairly seething . . . . Business is practically suspended—nobody talks of anything but po<
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XV: journeys (search)
), G. J. Holyoke (veteran radical), Mr. Blyden of Liberia (black and Mohammedan who has written on that subject in Fraser), Mrs. Rose (formerly of N. Y.), A. J. Eyres the philologist, and various Unitarian ministers. I spoke several times and twice succeeded in allaying incipient contests by suggesting phrases that reconciled different opinions, so that one speaker proposed to send me as arbitrator to reconcile the strikes now going on at the North, and they all laughed and applauded. In June Colonel Higginson was in Oxford on Commemoration Day and lunched with the new D. C.L's and their wives and other notabilities, a grand affair in the beautiful hall of All Souls College. I sat between Bryce and Mrs. Spottiswode, wife of one of the new D. C.L's, and opposite a young Lord Donoughmore, whose name delighted me because I thought of the statues of Haythen goddesses most rare Homer, Venus and Nebuchadnezzar All standing naked in the open air. The song says of them farther th
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XVI: the crowning years (search)
had befriended a young man who was convicted of burglary and sentenced to prison, and had given substantial aid to establish him in business when he was released. His own account of this bit of good fortune is found in his diary:— May 2. Received from Mrs. check for $500 for two notes of her brother for $123 dated about 1859 . . . having long held them as worthless, this being with compound interest at perhaps 4 pr. ct. though the notes were without interest. . .Great surprise. In June the invalid was transported to Dublin, and in July made the following note:— July 30. Sent to printers first (new) instalment of narrative. [ Cheerful Yesterdays. ] . . . Collapse. . . . This involves putting back on milk diet and cessation of drives for a time. Giving up autumn journey part planned. Giving up (probably)winter lecturing. Giving up (probably) England next year. Very possibly semi-invalidism for the rest of my life. Still this to be quietly faced and recognized. How