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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, I: Inheritance (search)
He continued a bold and successful shipmaster until the breaking-out of the Revolution, and later was a member of the Continental Congress and high in councils of state. He anticipated the literary skill of his grandson Wentworth, for he wrote for the public press, wielding a vigorous pen in defence of his political opinions. He was dimly remembered by his grandson as a dignified and benignant figure in smallclothes. His son, Stephen Higginson, Jr., Wentworth's father, was a successful Boston merchant until Jefferson's embargo deprived him of wealth. He was called the Man of Ross from his great philanthropy, this name having been given to a benevolent English worthy celebrated by Pope. He was prominent in civic affairs and was one of the original trustees of the Massachusetts General Hospital. His grave is in the old burying-ground on Boston Common, marked by the inscription, In works of Love he found his happiness. These family traits were bequeathed to Thomas Wentworth Hi
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, VIII: Anthony Burns and the Underground railway (search)
o-morrow. There is an intense indignation at the failure of the Friday enterprise (though I call it a great success, and so do they, so far as it goes) and I think Worcester men, if they are at hand, may be relied on. If they send the poor man through Providence, we shall rescue him to a certainty. Any number could be sent from this place by an extra train. But I have no idea that he will ever be taken from Boston, for I think that either the Kidnappers will be killed first; or else that Boston men will buy him to save the peace of the city. This, though not so good as a rescue, would come pretty near it, after the event of Friday night. . . . Finally, should not something be done by the Committee in the way of assistance to the family of the man shot, supposing it to be so arranged as to show no contrition on our part, for a thing in which we had no responsibility, but simply to show that we have no war with women and children. I hear rumors of my arrest, but hardly expect it.
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XV: journeys (search)
no. The speaker, who was quite aware of this solicitude, kept skilfully within the danger-line and won the applause of his critical audience. When the meeting broke up, he turned to a stately ex-Confederate officer, saying, I hope I have said nothing improper! This old-time Southern gentleman laid a benignant hand on Colonel Higginson's shoulder and exclaimed, Say what you please! On his return from this memorable trip, Colonel Higginson found that he was somewhat criticized by certain Boston colored people, who were antagonistic to Booker Washington, for taking part in the expedition and especially for speaking at Tuskegee. Thereupon, with his usual fearless way of grappling with difficulties, Colonel Higginson requested his critics to meet him at Parker Memorial Hall. With one sympathetic friend, Rev. Edward Cummings, to second his efforts, he talked plainly to his audience of their mistakes and dangers, of their opportunities and responsibilities; and through his talk ran a
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XVI: the crowning years (search)
scopal chapel hall, but included many Roman Catholics, which I like. June 26, 1905. Began work in earnest on life of my grandfather [Stephen Higginson] and enjoyed it. June 28, 1905. To Rochester, N. Y. to give a Phi Beta Kappa address and felt no harm from it. July 6. First proof from Part of a man's Life. This was in a manner a continuation of Cheerful Yesterdays, although more fragmentary. In 1905, Margaret was married, with her father's cordial approval, to a young Boston physician. The ceremony took place in the village church at Dublin, and Dr. Robert Collyer officiated. Fortunately his views about the heathen obey coincided with those of the bride's father. This clergyman was wont to relate in his own amusing way the beginning of his friendship with Colonel Higginson. When living in Chicago, he heard Higginson speak on physical training and utter an impressive warning against the use of mince pie. Dr. Collyer's curiosity was excited, and after the lec