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1826 he commenced his studies in the classic halls of Cambridge. Among his classmates were, Thomas C. Amory, Jonathan W. Bemis, James Dana, Samuel M. Emery, John B. Kerr, Elisha R. Potter, Jonathan F. Stearns, George W. Warren, and Samuel T. Worcester. The accomplished John T. Kirkland was president of the university; and among the instructors were Edward T. Channing in rhetoric, Levi Hedge in logic, George Otis in Latin, John S. Popkin in Greek, George Ticknor in modern languages, and John Farrar in natural science. His room during his first year was No. 17, Stoughton Hall. In person he was at that time unusually tall for a youth of fifteen summers; and, though one of the six youngest of his class of forty-eight, he stood among his fellows in respect to height conspicuous. When he entered college, one of his classmates writes to me, he was tall, thin, and somewhat awkward. He had but little inclination for engaging in sports or games, such as kicking football on the Delta, whi
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 3: Girlhood at Cambridge. (1810-1833.) (search)
haracter and cultivation, who had lived much in Europe, and who, with no children of her own, did many good services for the children of her friends. She was Mrs. Eliza Farrar, or, as she always preferred to call herself on her title-pages, Mrs. John Farrar. Having myself resided for some time beneath this lady's roof, I can certify to her strong and well-balanced nature, and her resolute zeal in moulding the manners as well as morals of the young. She was one of our first and best writers foake her less abrupt, less self-asserting, more comme il faut in ideas, manners, and even costume. She had her constantly at her own house, reformed her hairdresser, and instructed her dressmaker; took her to make calls, took her on journeys. Mrs. Farrar had, moreover, often with her a young kinswoman who furnished outwardly and inwardly a charming model, Miss Anna Barker, of New Orleans, now Mrs. S. G. Ward. This lady, whose gifts and graces have since won affectionate admiration in two cont
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 4: country life at Groton. (1833-1836.) (search)
r, when the mere perusal of German books was considered dangerous; and even Mrs. Farrar records in her Recollections the pious but extraordinary suspicion that Harr read in Goethe; she also read Herschel's Astronomy, recommended to her by Professor Farrar; read in Schiller, Heine, Alfieri, Bacon, Madame de Stael, Wordsworth, andthan I wished you should. I have been passing ten days at Cambridge, with Mrs. Farrar, and indeed they were most happy. Everybody so kind, the country so beautif tell you which I hope, oh, I hope will give you as much pleasure as it does me. Mr. and Mrs. Farrar propose taking me, with several other delightful persons, to TreMrs. Farrar propose taking me, with several other delightful persons, to Trenton Falls this summer. The plan is to set out about the 20th of July, go on to New York, then up the North River to West Point,--pass a day there; then to Catskillere unknown. In the autumn she met Miss Harriet Martineau at the house of Professor Farrar, and a new delight opened before her vision. It was proposed that she sho
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 5: finding a friend. (search)
e first trace of him that I have found among her voluminous papers is this from one of her lively and girlish letters to Mrs. Barlow, dated October 6, 1834. She describes an interview with the Rev. Dr. Dewey, who was, with herself, a guest at Mrs. Farrar's in Cambridge, and adds:-- He spoke with admiration of the Rev. W. Emerson, that only clergyman of all possible clergymen who eludes my acquaintance. But n'importe! I keep his image bright in my mind. Fuller Mss. i. 17. Again, she wgyman, and had not printed a word that is now included in his writings. Before this, according to Mr. Emerson's own statement, he had heard Margaret Fuller praised by Dr. Hedge; and he thinks, but is not quite sure, that he first met her at Mrs. Farrar's in 1835. Memoirs,i. 201. In July, 1836, she visited him in Concord. He has left a record, in one of the most graphic passages contributed by him to her Memoirs, of impressions received from her at this first visit. I am glad to be able to
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 11: Brook Farm. (search)
ld be economical, for I have of late been as gentle, as dull, and as silent as the most fussy old bachelor could desire his housekeeper to be. You said, however, I could come and live there, if I had not a mind to talk, so I am not afraid, but will come, hoping there may be a flow after this ebb, which has almost restored the health of your affectionate Margaret. Ms. Again, this extract from a letter to Mr. Emerson (August 10, 1842) illustrates the same point. It seems that Professor Farrar and his wife were to have taken a journey, in which case Margaret Fuller would have remained in their house at Cambridge, a plan that would have insured several weeks of stillness and solitude for her; she being tired to death of dissipation. This failing, she expresses willingness to go to Concord, but, should that be inconvenient, she can go to Brook Farm, as the next best medicine:-- They will give me a room at Brook Farm, if I wish, let me do as I please, and I think if I went
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 12: books published. (search)
y friends helps, of course. Short notices by you, distributed at Philadelphia, New York, and even Cincinnati, would attract attention and buyers!! Outward success in this way is very desirable to me, not so much on account of present profit to be derived, as because it would give me advantage in making future bargains, and open the way to ransom more time for writing. The account of the Seeress pleases many, and it is pleasing to see how elderly routine gentlemen, such as Dr. Francis and Mr. Farrar, are charmed with the little story of Mariana. They admire, at poetic distance, that powerful nature that would alarm them so in real life . . . Imagine prose eyes, with glassy curiosity looking out for Mariana Nobody dreams of its being like me; they all thought Miranda was, in the Great Lawsuit. People seem to think that not more than one phase of character can be shown in one life. Sylvain is only a suggested picture; you would not know the figure by which it is drawn, if you coul
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 18: literary traits. (search)
e in America, forty years ago, who manifested much interest in German thought. Immanuel Kant is now claimed as a corner-stone of religion by evangelical divines, but he was then thought to be more dangerous than any French novelist; and good Mrs. Farrar, as I have already indicated, traces the materialism of Miss Martineau's latter years partly to her early studies of this philosopher. I have since thought, Mrs. Farrar writes, that her admiration of the philosophy of Kant may have beenMrs. Farrar writes, that her admiration of the philosophy of Kant may have been one of her first steps on that path which has conducted her to a disbelief in all revelation and the immortality of the soul — too melancholy a subject for me to dwell on here. Recollections of Seventy years, p. 262. If this feeling existed about Kant it was still stronger about Goethe. Even the genial Longfellow spoke of that monstrous book, the Elective Affinities, although this story was written with a moral purpose, and would be far more leniently judged at the present day. Longfell
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Index. (search)
4, 165, 172,175, 177,179,180, 191,205, 216, 221, 226, 247, 284-286, 308, 311. Emerson, Mrs. R. W., 67, 69, 128. Emerson, Waldo, 67. Erckmann-Chatrian, 17. Eustis, Dr., 96. Eustis, Mary (Channing), 128. Everett, Edward, 33. F. Farrar, John, 41, 46, 52, 63, 182. Farrar, Mrs., John, 36, 36, 41, 46, 61, 52, 62, 63, 283. Fitton, Miss E., 275. Flowers, Mrs. Fuller's love of, 18. Follen, Charles, 33. Francis, Convers, 142, 144, 146. Friendship, letter on, 72. Frothingham, OFarrar, Mrs., John, 36, 36, 41, 46, 61, 52, 62, 63, 283. Fitton, Miss E., 275. Flowers, Mrs. Fuller's love of, 18. Follen, Charles, 33. Francis, Convers, 142, 144, 146. Friendship, letter on, 72. Frothingham, O. B., 313. Fuller, Abraham, 11, 54. Fuller, Arthur B., letters to, 59, 83; other references, 3, 22, 58, 105, 203. Fuller Edith, 248. Fuller, Ellen. See Channing. Fuller, Eugene, letters to, 202, 208; other references, 51, 52. Fuller, Hiram, 79, 80, 87. Fuller, Hon., Timothy, 12, 14, 16, 20, 22, 26, 28, 32, 48, addresses of, 18, 16; oration of, 15; letter to 51. Fuller, Margaret (Crane), 17, 20. Fuller, Rev., Timothy, 9, 10. Fuller, Richard F., letters to, 59, 106, 106, 273;
g's Sketch Book and Bracebridge Hall, as a boy, I found nothing essentially unlike types known to me at home. Especially easy was it to identify his village monarch, Ready Money Jack, with the broad shoulders and yeomanlike bearing of old Emery Willard, reputed the strongest man in the village, who kept the wood-yard just across Brighton Bridge. In my memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli I have attempted to sketch the cultivated women who lived in Cambridge and were a controlling power. Mrs. Farrar, Mrs. Norton, Mrs. Howe, Mrs. King, and others,—of whom Miss Fuller herself was the representative in the next generation,—and whom I was accustomed to seeing treated with respect by educated men, although these ladies themselves had never passed through college. Yet Radcliffe was anticipated in a small way by the advantages already held out to studious girls through the college professors; and my own elder sister studied Latin, French, Italian, German, and geometry with teachers thus p
on electricity. Professor Winthrop assisted at certain astronomical events; made interesting observations on the earthquake which visited Cambridge in 1755, and which was sufficiently powerful to throw bricks from a chimney of the professor's house across the pathway. He was elected member of the Royal Society of London. Count Rumford, then Benjamin Thompson, it is said, walked from Woburn to Cambridge to hear Professor Winthrop lecture. After Winthrop came Rev. Mr. Williams; then Professor Farrar, a remarkable lecturer. Up to the year 1830, astronomy and physics were the only sciences to which much attention was paid in Cambridge. There were no laboratories even in chemistry. In 1816, Dr. Jacob Bigelow was appointed Rumford professor and lecturer on the application of science to the useful arts. He was perhaps the earliest citizen of Massachusetts to recognize the importance of scientific training for young men who proposed to enter into the professions which require techn
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