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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, IV: the young pedagogue (search)
t is not beautiful until overhung with the mosses and veiled in the shadows of the Past. . . . I think the free communion with Nature in past years has done much for my mental health. Those long afternoons in the woods with no care, no solicitude as to time and place, no companion but my tin box. . . . That Bigelow's Botany of mine is the most precious book I have—not a page of it but is redolent of summer sounds, senses and images. But he never became reconciled to his work, and wrote in November: To Teaching I have an utter and entire aversion—I love children passionately and am able to attach them and to discipline them, but I am not fitted for an intellectual guide and I hate the office; and added I read the Theory of Teaching (which put me in despair). The school was often held out of doors, and one of the features was a course of talks to the boys on animals. In 1852, Higginson wrote to Harriet Prescott:— When I was of your age and had scholars like you,—or as you w
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XI: John Brown and the call to arms (search)
is the reveille . . . to which all the men bundle up and one commissioned officer at least to each Company—then drill from 6 to 7 and then breakfast and four hours more, drilling through the day. A month later the new captain reported:— We are sailing smoothly now at the camp. . . . They cannot be said to love me, and I heard yesterday of an inebriated Irish private singing along Main St., Old Higgie is so strict, so strict, etc., while another in a similar condition came to the company quarters yesterday and asked for me, saying he was drunk and wished to go to the guard-house. In November, he wrote that they had everything but guns and might be ordered off at any time, and on the following day he telegraphed his mother, We have orders to leave this week. But he was still in the Worcester barracks a fortnight later, when he received a thrilling letter from Brigadier-General Saxton, of the Department of the South, offering him the command of a regiment of freed slav
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XIII: Oldport Days (search)
n Malbone were suggested by real persons. Many of Aunt Jane's witty sayings had originated with Mrs. Higginson, and Philip Malbone was drawn from memories of Hurlbut, the author's early friend. On September 25, he had ended the story and sent it to Fields, and quoted in his diary a passage from Browning's Paracelsus:— Are there not . . . Two points in the adventure of a diver, One—when, a beggar, he prepares to plunge, One—when, a prince, he rises with his pearl? Festus, I plunge! In November he had finished working over the manuscript and says:— There is, with all my fussy revising and altering, always a point where a work seems to take itself into its own hands . . . and I can no more control it than an apple-tree its fallen apples. The advent of Malbone was announced to the writer's sisters with this comment:— I expect dismay on your part, my dear sisters, before you see it and perhaps after—but I had to write it. I enjoyed it so much, so we must acquies
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XIV: return to Cambridge (search)
printing office—last proofs. I shall miss the fine and delicate pleasure of revising these verses—the flower of my life; a sort of witchhazel. When a summons came from the Governor in June, 1889, to appear at the State House, Colonel Higginson supposed that the interview would relate to the controversy on parochial schools, but instead he was offered the post of military historian. This offer he at first declined, but being urged to consider it, he decided a few days later to accept. November saw him fairly launched in this new literary enterprise, and he wrote to his sister:— . . . I see that I must be very careful and as I now have Margaret in full force upon me ( Papa, I am going to take good sound care of you, ) I shall probably be protected. She requires me to go to bed early. . . . I am quite free from extra engagements and cares and shall keep so for the history's sake. While engaged on this complicated undertaking, which continued for seven years, Colonel Higgins<
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XVI: the crowning years (search)
ng . . . with the yarns (O! irreverence) she told me about their first books, concealed from her father in the great bush at the door or under the piano cover? Well! what an encyclopaedia of strange gifts she was. During these years of fascinating though strenuous editorial labor, Colonel Higginson was also engaged on various pieces of original work. He wrote in July, 1890:— I am now to correct proof of three books– Epictetus, American Sonnets and Emily Dickinson's poems. And in November:— I was about writing the determination never again to have three books on hand at same time, going through the press, when I found myself entrapped into a promise to give the Centennial Oration of Massachusetts Historical Society, having also to prepare an address for 19th Century Club, and the life of Francis Higginson besides my regular work. Too much again. Yet one day when proofs of several different articles came to him, he said, I am naturally a glutton of such work and rathe<
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, Bibliography (search)
e, Oct. I.) Tyrtaeus. [Poem.] (In Harbinger, Nov. I.) Same. (In Liberator, Nov. 7.) Articleom an Officer's Journal. (In Atlantic Monthly, Nov., Dec.) Book Notices. (In Atlantic Monthly, thorne's Last Bequest. (In Scribner's Monthly, Nov.) Editorials. (In Index, Woman's Journal.) Search for the Pleiades. (In Atlantic Monthly, Nov.) Def. VI. Editorials. (In Harvard Register, by Sorceress. [Sonnet.]. (In Century Magazine, Nov.) Def. VI. Editorials and other articles. (Ioung Girl's Library. (In Ladies' Home Journal, Nov.) Articles. (In Boston Evening Transcript, Hahelf in the Kitchen. (In Ladies' Home Journal, Nov.) Cheerful Yesterdays. (In Atlantic Monthly, Nov.-Dec.) Def. I. Early Free Churches. (In Free Church Record, April.) (Comp.) Rough list i Literature (1857-1907). (In Atlantic Monthly, Nov.) John Greenleaf Whittier. (In Independent, William J. Rolfe. (In Emerson College Magazine, Nov.) (Ed.) Descendants of the Reverend Francis H