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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, VI: in and out of the pulpit (search)
though we are really entering on a very important revival. Temperance was one of the vital causes in which the young minister interested himself with some practical results. His wife wrote:— W.'s Temperance Sermon which he repeated last Sunday eve—has already done good—three establishments are to be closed in consequence. Of this interest Mr. Higginson wrote to his mother in 1851:— I have been persuaded to speak on Temperance Every Sunday for a few weeks to come and after Christmas shall perhaps take the offer made me by our State Central Committee and become their Secretary for a month or so, during the agitation of the Maine Law . . . the Committee are ready to take me at any time on handsome terms, and but for the Evening School and a small piece of literary work I have for this month, I might perhaps go at once. . . . Last Tuesday and Wednesday I went to the State Temperance Convention; the best part of a Convention is in the preliminary meeting when the wir
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XII: the Black regiment (search)
et at work. Several of the conscripts have tried to bribe negroes to take them to the other side, and have actually started. Meantime, Mrs. Higginson had decided to remove to Newport, Rhode Island, for her health. Her husband wrote from Camp Shaw, November, 1863:— I can now see you at Newport, cat and two kitten . . . . I agree with you that at the end of my military pilgrimage, we might try Cambridge— indeed as people grow older they gravitate toward their birthplace. As Christmas Day approached, the Colonel wrote to his mother that the colored people were planning a great fair in Beaufort which enlisted all hands; and that on New Year's Day there was to be a barbecue and dance in the evening at the principal restaurant. He added:— This saloon was to have been called Higginson Hall but the painter objected telling the proprietors that the other Colonels might take offence, so that immortal honor was lost. Instead, the proprietor is one of six (all black) who <
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XVI: the crowning years (search)
y. Overwork finally brought its penalty, and in the autumn of 1895 he was sentenced to confinement in his room and a milk diet. This trying illness lasted for a year, during which he wrote his Cheerful Yesterdays propped up with pillows. On Christmas Day he wrote to his friends at the Cambridge Public Library:— I am moving slowly along and have now held out to me the munificent offer of a raw egg, which seems a whole Christmas dinner after eight weeks of milk-cure! . . . Some people thiChristmas dinner after eight weeks of milk-cure! . . . Some people think I write better than formerly, in my horizontal attitude! On the cover of the diary for 1896, he wrote:— Now that I begin to know a little, I die. St. Augustine. And within the covers are these entries:— Jan. 6. For 10 weeks to-morrow I have had absolutely no nourishment but milk. . . . I have done a great deal of reading and writing on this and some talking. Jan. 13. Per contra, had to give up the hope of working on the history in bed. I cannot handle the wide sheets o<