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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, I. A Cambridge boyhood (search)
this day. Seeing the uniform respect with which my mother and aunt and elder sisters were treated by the most cultivated men around us, I cannot remember to have grown up with the slightest feeling that there was any distinction of sex in intellect. Why women did not go to college was a point which did not suggest itself; but one of my sisters studied German with Professor Charles Follen, while another took lessons in Latin and Italian from Professor Bachi and in geometry from Professor Benjamin Peirce. I forget where this especial sister studied English, but she wrote for me all the passages that were found worth applauding in my commencement oration. Yet it is a curious fact that I owe indirectly to a single remark made by my mother all the opening of my eyes to the intellectual disadvantages of her sex. There came to Cambridge a very accomplished stranger, Mrs. Rufus King, of Cincinnati, Ohio, -afterward Mrs. Peter,--who established herself there about 1837, directing the co
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 4 (search)
ssessed. The reason why the experiment was made with mathematics was understood to be that Professor Peirce had grown weary of driving boys through the differential calculus by force, and Professor C an elective, with about ten classmates; nor had I any reason to repent the choice. Professor Benjamin Peirce, our mathematical teacher, was then put, by general opinion, at the head of American an hour or two of toil in order to make this exceeding plainness visible. It was often so with Peirce's books, but this enhanced the pleasure of the chase. He himself took part in it: a thought wo; it was like being present at the first discoveries of some old Greek or Arabian geometrician. Peirce had also the delightful quality of being especially interested in all of this his first voluntarn. The indictment was, unluckily, quashed, so that both his hopes were disappointed. Next to Peirce's teaching came, without question, both in stimulus and in attractions, the English course of Pr
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
ssy, Arthur, 289. Ossoli, see Fuller. Owen, Richard, 194. Palfrey, J. G., 12, 000, 103. Palmer, Edward, 117. Papanti, Lorenzo, 37. Parker, F. E., 53, 62, 63, 64. Parker, Theodore, 69, 97, 98, 100, Zzzi, 112, 113, 1309, 144, 148, 1500, 155, 59, 161, 168, 170, 175, 184, 189, 217, 221, 327. Parkman, Francis, 69, 183. Parsons, Charles, 13, 24, 400. Parsons, Theophilus, 122. Parton, James, 301. Paul, Apostle, 217. Peabody, A. P., 5, 53, 63. Peabody, Elizabeth, 86, 87, 173. Peirce, Benjamin, 17, 49, 50, 51, 52. Pericles, 112. period of the Newness, the, Perkins, C. C., 20, 66, 124. Perkins, H. C., 194. Perkins, S. G., 80, 81, 124. Perkins, S. H., 79, 80, 83, 84. Perkins, T. H., 80. Perry, Mrs., 315. Peter, Mrs., 17. Petrarca Francisco, 76. Philip of Macedon, 126, 131. Phillips & Sampson, 176. Phillips, W. A., 207. Phillips, Wendell, 53, 97, 121, 145, 148, 149, 150, 159, 240. 242, 243, 244, 297, 327, 328, 329, 333, 357. Pickering, Arthur, 85. Pierc