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The Cambridge of eighteen hundred and ninety-six: a picture of the city and its industries fifty years after its incorporation (ed. Arthur Gilman) 7 1 Browse Search
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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Contents. (search)
Contents. The close of the war13 Francis J. Child40 Longfellow55 Lowell83 C. P. Cranch113 T. G. Appleton132 Doctor Holmes142 Frank Bird and the Bird Club162 Sumner180 Chevalier Howe218 The War Governor242 The Colored Regiments262 Emerson's tribute to George L. Stearns279 Elizur W. Right286 Dr. W . T. G. Morton309 Leaves from a Roman Diary332 Centennial Contributions355
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The close of the War (search)
r his wit, and much respected as an admirable instructor. Doctor Holmes says, in Parson Turell's Legacy: Know old Cambridge? Hope you do.- Born there? Don't say so! I was too. (Born in a house with a gambrel-roof,-- Standing still, if you must have proof.-Nicest place that ever was seen,-- Colleges red and Common green, Sidewalks brownish with trees between. This describes Cambridge as it was forty years since. In spite of its timid conservatism and rather donnish society, as Professor Child termed it, it was one of the pleasantest places to live in on this side the Atlantic. It was a community of a refined and elegant industry, in which every one had a definite work to do, and seemed to be exactly fitted to his or her place,not without some great figures, too, to give it exceptional interest. There was peace and repose under the academic shade, and the obliviousness of its inhabitants to the outside world only rendered this more restful. How changed is it now! The ol
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Francis J. Child (search)
art a dull and dreary pilgrimage. Professor Francis J. Child would seem to have been the first to ambitious person in any undertaking. In Professor Child's case, as in many another, it proved theto admire. Don't be afraid of that, said Professor Child; you will probably like best just those sery members of the faculty; and this left Francis J. Child to bear the brunt of it almost alone, forfrom proslavery families began to sneer. Professor Child raised himself up and said determinedly, and dynamite for tyrants. A tyrant, said Professor Child, is what anyone chooses to imagine. My h of the worst tyrants that ever existed. Professor Child was exceptionally liberal. He even suppoproposed to make the nomination unanimous Professor Child called out such an emphatic No that it seidle college life is a sign of genius. Professor Child talked freely in regard to the meetings onglish library dedicated to the memory of Francis J. Child. Such an honor had never been decreed fo[13 more...]
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Longfellow (search)
tic recitations. If a popular interest in poetry should revive again, I have no doubt that hundreds of poets would spring up, as it were, out of the ground and fill the air with their pleasant harmonies. The editor of the Atlantic informed Professor Child that he had a whole barrelful of poetry in his house, much of it excellent, but that there was no use he could make of it. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was as irrepressible a rhymer as John Watts himself, and fortunately he had a father whoey were distinguished. He recognized fine traits of character, perhaps real greatness of character, in out-of-the-way places,--men whose chief happiness was their acquaintance with Longfellow. It was something much better than charity; and Professor Child spoke of it on the day of Emerson's funeral as the finest flower in the poet's wreath. Longfellow was one of the kindest friends that the Hungarian exiles found when they came to Boston in 1852. Longfellow helped Kossuth, subscribed to
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Lowell (search)
m was his address at the Coleridge celebration, in which he levelled an attack on the English canonization of what they call common sense, but which is really a new name for dogmatism. Lowell, if not a transcendentalist, was always an idealist, and he knew that ideality was as necessary to Cromwell and Canning as it was to Shakespeare and Scott. He was certainly more popular in England than he had ever been in America, and he openly admitted that he disliked to resign his position. Professor Child said, in 1882: Lowell's conversation is witty, with a basis of literary cramming; and that seems to be what the English like. He went to twenty-nine dinner parties in the month of June, and made a speech at each one of them. In the last years of his life he was greatly infested with imitators who, as he said of Emerson in the Fable for critics, stole his fruit and then brought it back to him on their own dishes. Some of them were too influential to be easily disposed of, and other
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The War Governor. (search)
oned, conventional Boston. Governor Andrew was an inch shorter than the average height of man, and much resembled Professor Child in personal appearance. He was a larger man than Professor Child, and his hair was darker, but he had the same rouProfessor Child, and his hair was darker, but he had the same round, good-humored face, with keen penetrating eyes beneath a brow as finely sculptured as that of a Greek statue, and closely curling hair above it. He was broad-shouldered, remarkably so, and had a strong figure but not a strong constitution. His h and elastic he disliked to walk long distances, and was averse to physical exercise generally. He also resembled Professor Child in character,--frank without bluntness; sincere both formally and intellectually,--full to the brim of moral couraged jest as young men do on a yachting excursion,--but his talk was always refined. There was no recreation that Professor Francis J. Child liked better than this. Andrew's valedictory address on January 5, 1865, which was chiefly concerned with th