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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, V: the call to preach (search)
]. I got a charming idea of the household goddess. She was just Wordsworth's phantom of delight, he said. While living in Divinity Hall Higginson formed a romantic attachment for a brilliant youth named Hurlbut, who was also a theological student. This friendship was destined to make a permanent impression on Wentworth's life, being freighted with much joy, but ending in deep sorrow. During his first year in the school, our young theologian came into contact with an older student named Greene who had great influence over him. Now has this man of real genius come to be with me, to teach me humility, even toward my fellowcreatures. He has shown me the difference between real genius and a self-confident talent and the lesson though useful is severe. I do not believe a vainer person than I ever existed. I have never really felt that anything that a mortal can reach was beyond me. It was negative rather than positive. What my mission was to be I never knew. I only felt assu
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XVI: the crowning years (search)
secretary only writing his correspondence. He often leaves off anything in the middle and begins on something else and goes back to it. He has always worked in this way and likes it. In our early years at Dublin, the Smiths' outdoor theatre was dedicated and Colonel Higginson read these lines. They are given as a specimen of his gift at impromptu verse, which was often in demand on such occasions. Later he himself took part in a miracle play, Theophile, written by our neighbor, Henry Copley Greene, for the Teatro Bambino, in which Higginson personated an aged abbot. When the Goddess of Dulness would rule o'er this planet And bind all amusements, like Samson, with withes, Fate conquered her scheme, ere she fairly began it, By producing one household—a household of Smiths. Fate selected the seed of a Rhode Island Quaker Its wit and its wisdom, its mirth and its pith, And brought all these gifts to a Point—one half acre— And gave to the product the surname of Smith. Though C<
Fugitive Slave Law, 111, 114, 144, 148. Future Life, The, in In After Days, 254, 428. Galatea Collection founded by Higginson at Boston Public Library, 284. Galton, Francis, and Higginson, 328. Garrison, William Lloyd, favors disunion, 181; estimate of, 202. Geary, Gov., 172, 174; account of, 176. Gladstone, W. E., Higginson meets, 324. Grant, Judge, Robert, poem for Col. Higginson's birthday, 391. Grant, Gen. U. S., 264. Greeley, Horace, at Syracuse, 133. Greene, Henry Copley, 374. Greene, W. B., influence of, 72. Hale, Edward Everett, 399; and Higginson, 24, 83; account of, 261; festival for, 387. Hamilton, Sir, William, described, 339. Hardy, Thomas, Higginson meets, 352, 353. Harris, Dr., Thaddeus William, 24, 28. Harvard University, Stephen Higginson, steward of, 8; class of 1841, 23, 24; dress regulations, 25; early account of, 29, 30; exhibition at, 33, 34; Higginson represents, at Winchester, Eng., 360-62. Harvard Memorial Biographi