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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XI: John Brown and the call to arms (search)
pooner, to kidnap the governor of Virginia and keep him as hostage for the safety of Brown. A scrap of paper exists on which Mr. Higginson had written, November 14, 1859, Would it not be practicable for a party of men to go in a steamboat to kidnap in the night——and hold him as a hostage for the safety of——. Spooner wrote Higginson, November 20, that the men, a pilot, and a boat could be furnished, and adjured the latter to come at once and persuade men in Boston to furnish the money. November 22, Le Barnes, another sympathizer in this wild project, wrote to give the price of tugs, and November 27, he wrote from New York, The men are ready and determined. . .. They are confident, strange as it may seem to us, of success, but they want money. . . . It is for you in Boston to say go or stay. But owing to the impossibility of raising funds the plan was abandoned. John Brown wrote a letter of farewell to Mr. Higginson, November 22, 1859, expressing deep gratitude for his visit t
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XVI: the crowning years (search)
ment in growing older is that you do not feel as if you were getting among the oldest, but as if the really old men had grown lazy and stayed away. The return to Cambridge in the autumn was always delightful to him on account of the tide of young life flowing in at the beginning of the college year. He took a perennial interest in the football games, going to Harvard Square to learn the results long after he was obliged to give up attending the contests. He wrote in his diary of 1901: Nov. 22. Football game-very exciting. Harvard 22; O. When a young man attempts to kick a goal in such a game as to-day's, he has 36,000 pairs of eyes fastened with interest upon him. Is there any other such opportunity in life? The students were often sent to Colonel Higginson by their instructors to glean information about the Anti-Slavery period, and he was often asked to talk to them in their own haunts. Many were the times when he was enabled by the generosity of his friends, who were al