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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life,
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II: an old-fashioned home It is a curious fact, considering his vigorous manhood, that the infant Wentworth was at one time delicate, and according to family belief was kept alive by the juices of chicken bones. In after years, Mrs. Higginson wrote this letter, December 26, 1861:— Your birthday was remembered and honored by gratitude and praise, remembering as I did the poor half dead baby that I had for so long walked about in my arms and fed religiously according to direction ever
s the possum up the gum tree, there's the raccoon in the hollow, there's catchhim-up-my-boy, there's give-him-half-a-dollar ; this indication of genius excited universal acclamation.
The maternal chronicle does not relate the story that Colonel Higginson enjoyed telling about one of his childhood's books which contained a rather too vivid description of a wolf's cave.
The careful mamma had pasted strips of paper over the objectionable parts, but Master Wentworth succeeded in removing thes