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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XIV (search)
en in attributing the favorable reception of Mr. Bryce's admirable book on the American Commonwealtas greatly diminished, and certain also that Mr. Bryce gives us plenty of praise. But the main difference seems to lie in this, that Mr. Bryce treats us as a subject for serious study, and not as aone reads with pleasure even the censures of Mr. Bryce is because he has really taken the pains to ugh. All this refers to the main theme of Mr. Bryce's book; but there is one criticism yet to beitude with which our press receives it, when Mr. Bryce apologizes for our deficiencies in the way of literature. Mr. Bryce—whom, it is needless to say, I regard with hearty admiration, and I cannce he has been my guest and I have been his—Mr. Bryce has a chapter on Creative Intellectual Powerf this last is true, why did it not occur to Mr. Bryce to say it; and had he said it, is it not plado not object to the details of treatment in Mr. Bryce's chapter, and it contains many admirable su
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XIX (search)
ould also have his practical side. It must be remembered that the supposed prejudice against educated men in practical affairs is not confined to our own country, but exists in England, in France, in Germany; and in each case with the additional condition which I have pointed out, that it is found more among other educated men than in the general public mind. We think of England as a place where they put authors forward in public life; and we instance Beaconsfield, Gladstone, Morley, and Bryce, by way of illustration. But the acute Sir Frederick Elliot wrote to the poet Sir Henry Taylor, in 1876: I think that literati, when they have not been exercised in practical affairs (note that exception!) are the worst of politicians. He has especially in mind historians, and makes the point, which is worth noticing, that they are a little apt to confound the dead and the living. Look at Freeman; he digs into forgotten records and finds that the ancestors of some people oppressed the an
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XXV (search)
ed gentleman toward the lady who is his social equal, which is a wholly different thing. A similar point of evolution in this country is the decorum of a public assembly. It is known that at the early town meetings in New England men sat with their hats on, as in England. Unconsciously, by a simple evolution of good manners, the practice has been outgrown in America; but Parliament still retains it. Many good results may have followed imperceptibly from this same habit of decorum. Thus Mr. Bryce points out that the forcible interruption of a public meeting by the opposite party, although very common in England, is very rare in America. In general, with us, usages are more flexible, more adaptive; in public meetings, for instance, we get rid of a great many things that are unutterably tedious, as the English practice of moving, seconding, and debating the prescribed vote of thanks to the presiding officer at the end of the most insignificant gathering. It is very likely that even
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, Index (search)
Besant, Walter, 74. Bigelow, 54. Billings, Josh, 59. Black, William, 202. Blaine, J. G., 110. Blake, William, 218. Bonaparte, Napoleon, 28, 52, 109, 188, 234. Book catalogue, a Westminster Abbey, 152. Boston, the, of Emerson's day, 62. Boyesen, H. H., 144, 171. Bremer, Fredrika, 57. Bridaine, Jacques, 215. Brougham, Henry, 224. Brown, Charles Brockden, 51. Brown, John, 16, 155. Brown, J. Brownlee, 104. Browning, Robert, 25, 54, 55, 98, 196. Bryant, W. C., 100, 147. Bryce, James, 120, 167, 211. Bulwer, see Lytton. Buntline, Ned, 199, 200. Burroughs, John, 114. Burton, Robert, 114. Byron, Lord, 178, 195, 217. C. Cable, G. W., 11, 67. Cabot, J. E., 175. Calderon, Serafin, 229, 232. Carlyle, Thomas, 37, 56, 197, 206, 217. Casanova, Jacques, 41. Catullus, 99. Cervantes, Miguel de, 229. Champlain, Samuel de, 192. Channing, E. T., 94 Channing, Walter, 214. Channing, W. E., 46, 66, 155. Channing, W. E. (of Concord), 103. Chaucer, Geoffrey,