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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XVI: the crowning years (search)
f the very best of the Massachusetts Public libraries in this attractive rural town [Ipswich]. All my life I have wished for time to renew Sir Charles, as I heard him read aloud by my mother in Cambridge in early boyhood; and as I am now fast approaching my 85th birthday it is a delight to find the book quite reviving the old affection and the old associations of humor. The sense of personal nobleness about Sir Charles is renewed and also the wonderful and quite unique creation . . . of Miss Grandison. In 1908 and 1909, short newspaper and magazine articles kept him busy, and he began a record of the Higginson family. In the latter year the collection of papers called Carlyle's Laugh was published. Perhaps, he wrote, my last book, when nearly eighty-six. In 1910, he finished the editorship of the Higginson Genealogy, revised his Young Folks' History, and noted, May 13, Work almost at an end, perhaps for life. Still his pen never rested. He had, as he laughingly declared, got