Yet in certain gifts, apart from poetic quality, they were alike; both being modest, serene, unselfish, brave, industrious, and generous.
They either shared, or made up between them, the highest and most estimable qualities that mark poet or man.
Whittier, like Garrison,--who first appreciated his poems,--was brought up apart from what Dr. Holmes loved to call the Brahmin class in America; those, namely, who were bred to cultivation by cultivated parents.
Emerson, Longfellow, Holmes, Lowell, were essentially of this class; all their immediate ancestors were, in French phrase, gens de robe; three of them being children of clergymen, and one of a lawyer who was also a member of Congress.
All of them had in a degree — to borrow another phrase from Holmes — tumbled about in libraries.
Whittier had, on the other hand, the early training of a spiritual aristocracy, the Society of Friends.
He was bred in a class which its very oppressors had helped to ennoble; in the only meetings
vermore, Harriet, 13.
Lloyd, Elizabeth (Mrs. Howell), 139.
London, England, 77, 181.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 37, 104, 141, 152, 155, 159, 162, 173, 177; leading poet, 1; compared with Whittier, 1; his Hyperion, mentioned, 151; his Kavanagh, mentioned, 151; quoted in England, 163; his Wreck of the Hesperus, mentioned, 163; his Sir Humphrey Gilbert, mentioned, 163; his The fire of Driftwood, mentioned, 163; Whittier's words on death of, 169, 170.
Long Wharf, Boston, 60.
Lowell, James Russell, 2, 28, 37, 54, 104, 141, 155, 159, 161, 173, 176, 182; his Moosehead Journal, mentioned, 151; his On a certain Condescension in Foreigners, mentioned, 151; his Verses suggested by the present Crisis, mentioned, 160.
Lowell, Mass., 87.
Loyal Legion, the, 176.
Mabel Martin, 165.
Macaulay, T. B., quoted, 7.
McKim, J. Miller, describes Whittier, 54.
Martineau, Dr., James, 163.
Massachusetts, 3, 41, 44, 45, 50, 83, 85, 94, 110.
Massachusetts Colony, 84.