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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 13: closing years (search)
atility is the cause. In view of the inimitable prose-writer, we forget the poet; in our admiration of his melodious verse, we lose sight of Elsie Venner and The Autocrat of the breakfast-table. We laugh over his wit and humour, until, to use his own words,-- We suspect the azure blossom that unfolds upon a shoot, As if Wisdom's old potato could not flourish at its root; and perhaps the next page melts us into tears by a pathos only equalled by that of Sterne's sick Lieutenant. He is Montaigne and Bacon under one hat. His varied qualities would suffice for the mental furnishing of half a dozen literary specialists. To those who have enjoyed the privilege of his intimate acquaintance, the man himself is more than the author. His genial nature, entire freedom from jealousy or envy, quick tenderness, large charity, hatred of sham, pretense, and unreality, and his reverent sense of the eternal and permanent, have secured for him something more and dearer than literary renown — the
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Index. (search)
Mather, Cotton, his Magnalia, mentioned, 35. May, Rev. Samuel J., 52, 59-62; reads Declaration, 53; mobbed, 56,57. Mead, Edwin D., 163. Melrose Abbey, 174. memories, 147-149. Merrill, John, 42. Merrimac River, 4; valley of, 53, 155. Milton, John, 139, 152; G. W. Childs gives window as memorial of, 181; Whittier writes inscription for memorial window, 182; Dr. Farrar's letter about, 183. Minot, George, 30. Minot, Harriet. See Pitman. Minot, Hon., Stephen, 29. Montaigne, Michel de, 179. Mott, Lucretia, letter of, 71. Mt. Agamenticus, 173. Music Hall, Boston, 110. My birthday, 132-134. my namesake, 131, 132. My Playmate, 141. National Era, mentioned, 165, 171, 172. Neall, Elizabeth, Whittier's letter to, 70, 71. Nebraska, 46. New England, 3, 8, 18, 47, 141; life in, 31. New England Historical and Genealogical Register, cited, 6 n. New England Magazine, mentioned, 32, 175. New England Review, mentidned, 37, 48; Whittier edits, 34. New