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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Trials. (search)
orn, at Manchester, Vt., Nov. 1819, for the murder of Louis Colvin, who disappeared in 1813; sentenced to be hanged......Jan. 28, 1820 [Six years after Colvin disappeared an uncle of the Boorns dreamed that Colvin came to his bedside, declared the Boorns his murderers, and told where his body was buried. This was April 27, 1819. The Boorns were arrested, confessed the crime circumstantially, were tried and convicted, but not executed, because Colvin was found alive in New Jersey. Wilkie Collins's novel, The dead alive, founded upon this case.] Capt. David Porter, by court-martial at Washington, for exceeding his powers in landing 200 men on Porto Rico and demanding an apology for arrest of the commanding officer of the Beadle, sent by him, October, 1824, to investigate alleged storage of goods on the island by pirates; suspended for six months......July 7, 1825 James H. Peck, judge of United States district court for the district of Missouri, impeached for alleged abuse o
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Longfellow (search)
is too feminine for a man; too masculine for a woman. He says of Dickens, after reading Barnaby Rudge : He is always prodigal and ample, but what a set of vagabonds he contrives to introduce us to! Barnaby Rudge is certainly the most bohemian and esoteric of Dickens's novels. He liked much better Miss Muloch's John Halifax, --a popular book in its time, but not read very much since. He calls Charles Reade a clever and amusing writer. We find nothing concerning Disraeli, Trollope, or Wilkie Collins. Neither do we hear of critical and historical writers like Ruskin, Matthew Arnold, Carlyle, and Froude. He went, however, to call on Carlyle in England, and was greatly impressed by his conversation. The scope of Longfellow's reading does not compare with that of Emerson or Marian Evans; but the doctors say that every man of forty knows the food that is good for him, and this is true mentally as well as physically. He refers more frequently to Tennyson than to any other writer, a
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XIII: Oldport Days (search)
of the few men to whom it is delightful to talk—almost the only one with whom I can imagine talking all night for instance as that is not my way. He is so original and cultivated at the same time, and so free from unworthy things. He seems like a foreigner too—it is getting the best part of France to talk with him. How unimportant is physical ugliness in a man! If I were a woman I should fall in love with him, delicate and feeble as he is physically. Of a farewell dinner given for Wilkie Collins in 1874, Colonel Higginson wrote:— There were only eight literary men there and I remember noticing how much brighter were Mr. Whittier's eyes than those of anybody else, though he looks old and thin and sick. On this occasion he first saw Mark Twain who impressed him as something of a buffoon, though with earnestness underneath; and when afterwards at his own house in Hartford, I heard him say grace at table, it was like asking a blessing over Ethiopian minstrels. But he had no w<
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 8: the Southern influence---Whitman (search)
at all his work is solid as masonry, while Poe's is broken and disfigured by all sorts of inequalities and imitations; he did not disdain, for want of true integrity, to disguise and to falsify, and (I have myself seen proofs of this among the Griswold Mss.) to suggest or even prepare puffs of himself. But, making all possible deductions, how wonderful remains the power of Poe's imaginative tales, and how immense is the ingenuity of his puzzles and disentanglements! The conundrums of Wilkie Collins never renew their interest after the answer is known; but Poe's can be read again and again. It is where spiritual depths are to be touched that he shows his weakness; his attempts at profundity are as unsuccessful as they are rare; where there is the greatest display of philosophic form he is often most trivial, whereas Hawthorne is usually profoundest when he has disarmed you by his simplicity. The truth is, that Poe lavished on things comparatively superficial those great intellect
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Index. (search)
ild, Lydia Maria, 125, 126. Choate, Rufus, 112. Christabel, Coleridge's, 219. Christianus per Ignem, Mather's, 17. Christus: a Miystery, Longfellow's, 144. Clara Howard, Brown's, 70. Clarissa Harlowe, Richardson's, 251. Clemens, Samuel M. See Mark Twain. Cliff-dwellers, Fuller's, 255. Closed gate, Mrs. Moulton's, 264. Cobb, Sylvanus, Jr., 262. Coleridge, Ernest Hartley, 43. Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 35, 46, 66, 68, 69, 211, 219, 258. Coleridge, Sara, 142. Collins, Wilkie, 208. Columbus, Irving's Life of, 87, 119. Commemoration Ode, Lowell's, 225, 264. Common sense, Paine's, 55. Concord, Battle of, 41. Congress, Continental, 49. Congress, General, 45, 79. Conspiracy of Pontiac, extract from Parkman's, 121. Constitution, Federal, 51, 52. Contemplations, Anne Bradstreet's, 12. Conversation of gentlemen, Shepard's, 19. Cooper, James Fenimore, 92-100, 103, 129, 204, 236, 239, 272. Coquette, Hannah Webster's, 92. Cotton Boll
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Irene E. Jerome., In a fair country, My out-door study (search)
Once separated from Nature, literature recedes into metaphysics, or dwindles into novels. How ignoble seems the current material of London literary life, for instance, compared with the noble simplicity which, a half-century ago, made the Lake Country an enchanted land forever. Is it worth a voyage to England to sup with Thackeray in the Pot Tavern? Compare the enormity of pleasure which De Quincey says Wordsworth derived from the simplest natural object, with the serious protest of Wilkie Collins against the affectation of caring about Nature at all. Is it not strange, says this most unhappy man, to see how little real hold the objects of the natural world amidst which we live can gain on our hearts and minds? We go to Nature for comfort in joy, and sympathy in trouble, only in books. . . . . . What share have the attractions of Nature ever had in the pleasurable or painful interests and emotions of ourselves or our friends? . . . . . There is surely a reason for this want of in
h. Maria Gowen Brooks was born in Medford in 1794. She went abroad, met many famous people, and achieved an international reputation for her poetry—Judith, Esther, and Other Poems, 1820; Zophiel, 1825; and an Ode to the Departed. Robert Southey was said to have given her the name Maria del Occidente, which she used as a nom de plume. She wrote a novel in 1843 called Idomen, supposed to have been autobiographical. Many believed her to have been the original of the Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins. Dr. John Brooks, one of Medford's most distinguished citizens, delivered an oration before the Society of the Cincinnati in 1787; a Eulogy on George Washington, 1800; Discourse Before the Humane Society, 1795; and a remarkable Farewell to the Militia of the Commonwealth in 1823, all of which are in print. Of his inaugural address, when governor of Massachusetts, President Monroe said, I am willing to take the principles of that speech as the basis of my administration. Among othe
High price of English Books. --Mr. Wilkie Collins' "Woman in White" has gone through five editions in England, which is counted something in that land of moderate sales and high prices. Mr. Cotlins' novel sells in England for something like seven dollars and a half per copy. The American edition has more and filer illustrations, and is sold at St.
shionable life, &c. By Henry P. Willis. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald.--A small volume that may be carried in the pocket and may be of use to those who have any fashionable vanities.--For sale by Woodhouse & Co. Hide and Seek. A Novel. By Wilkie Collins. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald.--Mr. Collins has gained quite a reputation among novelists of the day; especially for his "Woman in White." For sale by Woodhouse & Co. Where There's A Will There's A Way. By Alice B. Haven. New York: D. AppMr. Collins has gained quite a reputation among novelists of the day; especially for his "Woman in White." For sale by Woodhouse & Co. Where There's A Will There's A Way. By Alice B. Haven. New York: D. Appleton & Co.--The author of this story for young readers is better known to them as Cousin Alice, who has been much esteemed and quite popular amongst them. The little people are making a fine beginning for Christmas presents, and we do hope that in spite of the clouds that lower upon the country, there may be no interruption to their innocent joys on the approaching anniversary. The Young American's Picture Gallery; illustrated by 500 engravings. D. Appleton & Co, New York.--Another prett
Benefit of Miss Ida Vernon. --The performances at the Theatre to-night are set apart for the benefit of Miss Ida Vernon, a talented young lady, attached to the corps dramatique of that establishment, ranking next in the order of talent and effectiveness to the "leading lady." Her renditions of character during the season have been characterized by that finish that denotes the student, and she should be rewarded for her efforts to please.--We trust that her many friends will bear the occasion in that acceptable remembrance which is best shown at such a time by a prompt attendance. The bill for to-night includes the new drama of the "Woman in White," (dramatized from Wilkie Collins' Novel,) the play of "Andy Blake," (the chief character by the fair beneficiary,) dancing by Mary Partington, and a new overture by Rosenberger, chief de orchestre. If such a bill does not draw, we are mistaken.
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