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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 10 (search)
ere came into vogue about that time a nonsense verse, so called, bearing upon my humble self, and vivacious enough to be widely quoted in the newspapers. It was composed, I believe, by Mrs. Sivret, of Boston, and ran as follows : There was a young curate of Worcester Who could have a command if he'd choose ter, But he said each recruit Must be blacker than soot, Or else he'd go preach where he used ter. As a matter of fact it came no nearer the truth than the famous definition of a crab by Cuvier's pupil, since I had never been a curate, had already left the pulpit for literature before the war, and was so far from stipulating for a colored regiment that I had just been commissioned in a white one; nevertheless the hit was palpable, and deserved its popularity. I had formed even in a short time a strong attachment to my own company, regiment, and regimental commander,--and one day, when the governor of Rhode Island had made his first abortive suggestion of a black regiment, I had no
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 11 (search)
d some recollections based on the letters and diaries of those two years will be combined in this chapter. The London atmosphere and dramatis personae changed little within the interval, but the whole period was separated by a distinct literary cycle from that on which Emerson looked back in 1843. He then wrote that Europe had already lost ground; that it was not as in the golden days when the same town would show the traveler the noble heads of Scott, of Mackintosh, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Cuvier, and Humboldt. Yet I scarcely missed even these heads, nearly thirty years later than the time when he wrote, in the prospect of seeing Carlyle, Darwin, Tennyson, Browning, Tyndall, Huxley, Matthew Arnold, and Froude, with many minor yet interesting personalities. Since the day when I met these distinguished men another cycle has passed, and they have all disappeared. Of those whom I saw twenty-five years ago at the Athenaeum Club, there remain only Herbert Spencer and the delightful Iris
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
8. Come-outers, the, 114. Comte, Auguste, zoi. Confucius, 2. Constant, Benjamin, 86. Conway, M. D., 304, 309. Conway, Mrs. M. D., 304. Cooper, J. F., 41, 170, 187. Copley, J. S., 79. Courier, P. L., 80. Cousin, Victor, 86, roi. Craft, Ellen, 328. Cranch, C. P., 18. Crosby, Alpheus, 130. Cudworth, Ralph, 10. Curtin, Governor, 246. Curtis, Burrill, 78, 83, 85. Curtis, G. W., 78, 83, 84, 98. Curtis, Mary (Story), 22. Cushing, Caleb, 127. Cutter, Calvin, ‘97. Cuvier, Baron G. C. L. D. de, 251, 272. Dana, C. A., 83, 84, xoI. Dana, R. H., 21, 53, 136, 137, 161. Dante degli Alighieri, 76, soI, 289. D'Arc, Jeanne, 301, 309. D'Arlon, 29. Darmesteter, Madame, 289. Darwin, Charles, 194, 272, 283, 284, 285, 286, 292, 296. Darwin, Mrs., Charles, 284. Davis, C. H., 19. Davis, Helen, 18. Davis, Margaret, 37. Demosthenes, 298. De Quincey, Thomas, 102. Deschanel, Emile, 301, 303. Devens, Charles, 48, 74, 141, 247. Devens, Mary, 74. De Vere, A