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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)
at man in his way, and his importance was universally recognized. He had given a vigorous and much-needed impetus to the study of geology in America, and as a compendium of all the different branches of natural history there was nobody like him. In his lifelong single-minded devotion to science he had few equals and no superiors. He cared not for money except so far as it helped the advancement of his studies. For many years Madam Agassiz taught a select school for young ladies (to which Emerson, among others, sent his daughters), in order to provide funds for her husband to carry on his work. It is to be feared that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was rather stingy to him. Edward Everett once made an eloquent address in his behalf to the legislature, but it had no effect. Louis Napoleon's munificent offers could not induce him to return to Paris, for he believed that more important work was to be done in the new world,--which, by the way, he considered the oldest portion of th
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Francis J. Child (search)
tion that he was unable to attend to his classes. Some years later he enjoyed the satisfaction of seeing his candidate, Theodore Lyman, nominated and elected. Emerson once delivered a lecture in Boston on university life in which he made the rather bold statement that in the course of twenty years the rank-list is likely to bed this lecture for a theme, and against the sentence above quoted the Professor wrote: A statement frequently made, but what is the fact? I do not think he liked Emerson quite so well after this, and he can hardly be blamed for feeling so. It was not only a disparagement of good scholarship but like a personal slight upon himself. That Emerson graduated near the foot of his class ought not to prove that an idle college life is a sign of genius. Professor Child talked freely in regard to the meetings of the college faculty, for he believed that graduates had a right to know about them. He quoted some amusing anecdotes of a certain professor who led the
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Longfellow (search)
s also much of a Yankee in style and manner. Emerson looked like a Yankee, and possessed the cool It was as poetic a friendship as that between Emerson and Carlyle; but whereas Emerson and Carlyle s the best that he could have had. There was Emerson, of course, and Longfellow was always on frie the worldly prosperity of Longfellow. While Emerson was earning a hard livelihood by lecturing innd Professor Child spoke of it on the day of Emerson's funeral as the finest flower in the poet's that came up was the question of autographs. Emerson said that was the way in which he obtained hio it, he would say, if it gives them pleasure Emerson looked on such matters from the stoical pointepresented every shade of political opinion. Emerson, Longfellow, and Lowell were strongly anti-slellow's reading does not compare with that of Emerson or Marian Evans; but the doctors say that evet the least effort of recollection. Such are Emerson's Problem, Whittier's Barbara Frietchie, and[3 more...]
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Lowell (search)
d, half seriously, that he was ready to adopt Emerson's creed if anyone could tell him just what ityears, and we notice that he did not go, like Emerson, to the great fountain-heads of poetry,--to Hhe, who exercised so powerful an influence on Emerson, does not appear to have interested Lowell ate liked very well being called an imitator of Emerson; but the wit of it is inimitable. T. never pysis, however, is Lowell's comparison between Emerson and Carlyle: There are persons, mole-blinf a piratical opposition. Lowell published Emerson's Brahma in spite of the shallow ridicule witn the Atlantic could be held responsible for. Emerson, who really knew little as to what the publicly infested with imitators who, as he said of Emerson in the Fable for critics, stole his fruit andwhile Matthew Arnold did not like him at all. Emerson, in his last years, preferred him to Longfellon and the grace and purity of Longfellow. Emerson had an advantage over his literary contempora[10 more...]
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, C. P. Cranch. (search)
erature. C. P. Cranch was affected by it, as Emerson, Longfellow and even Hawthorne, were affectedhowever, did not take place at once, and when Emerson's Nature was published, Cranch was at first r and grow in the sunshine. In another sketch Emerson and Margaret Fuller were represented driving d; but he did not long continue to caricature Emerson. His first volume of poetry, published in 1844, was dedicated to Emerson, and in Dwight's Translations from Goethe and Schiller, there are a nuLongfellow, but in thought they are more like Emerson or Goethe. Consider this opening from The risent one of his own paintings as a present to Emerson in order to renew their early acquaintance. Emerson responded to it by a characteristic note, in which he said that his son and daughter, who w true greatness from the spurious commodity. Emerson considered his varied accomplishments his wor live. Men of great force, like Macaulay and Emerson, who impress their personality on the times i[1 more...]
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, T. G. Appleton. (search)
September morning at the Isles of Shoals, and at the conclusion she remarked: If that could only be read every year in our public schools it might do the American people some good. As compared with this, the sonnet on Pompeii has the effect of a strong complementary color, --for instance, like orange against dark blue. It echoes the pathetic reverie that we feel on beholding the monuments of the mighty past. It contains not the pathos of yesterday, nor of a hundred years ago, but as Emerson says, of the time out of mind. Pompeii. The silence there was what most haunted me. Long, speechless streets, whose stepping-stones invite Feet which shall never come; to left and right Gay colonnades and courts,--beyond, the glee, Heartless, of that forgetful Pagan sea. O'er roofless homes and waiting streets, the light Lies with a pathos sorrowfuler than night. Fancy forbids this doom of Life with Death Wedded; and with a wand restores the Life. The jostling throngs swarm, animate,
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Doctor Holmes. (search)
ss the daring spirit of innovation with which Emerson startled and convinced his contemporaries. Hovements of his time. Certain old friends of Emerson affirmed, when Holmes published his biographyt no one else was so much given to jesting as Emerson in his younger days. This may have been true; but it is also undeniable that Emerson himself had changed much during that time, and that the soready composed one of the fairest tributes to Emerson's intellectual quality that has yet been writ Born to unlock the secrets of the skies. Emerson began his course in direct apposition to the attracted by him. It modified its course, and Emerson also modified his, so that the final reconcilker's the other day where Governor Andrew and Emerson, and various unknown dingy-linened friends ofto the Liberal Fraternity. They then invited Emerson, Henry James, Sr., Doctor Holmes, and Colonelor it; and if he deserved it on that account, Emerson and Hawthorne certainly deserved it much more[2 more...]
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Frank W. Bird, and the Bird Club. (search)
his audiences, and strove to bring them round to his own opinion. He was as single-minded as Emerson or Lincoln. In November, 1862, Emerson said to me: I came from Springfield the other day in thEmerson said to me: I came from Springfield the other day in the train with your father's friend, Frank Bird, and I like him very much. I often see his name signed to newspaper letters, and in future I shall always read them. Strangely enough, a few days later I was dining with Mr. Bird and he referred to the same incident. When I informed him that Emerson had also spoken of it he seemed very much pleased. If any one paid him a compliment or expressedsses of that time, but his personal friends, Sumner, Wilson, and Frank Bird himself. In 1872 Emerson said to a member of the club: I do not like William Robinson. His hand is against every man ; ul if Robinson ever published so hard a criticism of any person, and certainly none so unjust. Emerson without being aware of it was strongly influenced by a cabal for the overthrow of Robinson, in
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Sumner. (search)
r an introductory address without a rival in Boston. Hillard was at heart as anti-slavery as Sumner, and his wife had even assisted fugitive slaves, but he was swathed in the bands of fashionable society, and he lacked the courage to break loose from them. He adhered to the Whigs and was relegated to private life. They parted without acrimony, and Sumner never failed to do his former friend a service when he found an opportunity. His difference with Felton was of a more serious kind. Emerson, perhaps, judged Felton too severely,--a man of ardent temperament who was always in danger of saying more than he intended. Sumner's election to the Senate was a chance in ten thousand. It is well known that at first he declined to be a candidate. He did not think he was fitted for the position, and when Caleb Gushing urged him to court the favor of fortune he said: I will not leave my chair to become United States Senator. Whatever vanity there might be in the man, he was entirely
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