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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, III: the boy student (search)
, useful or useless, nothing came amiss and I probably accomplished, in the first 13 years of my life, more miscellaneous reading than most youths of eighteen. In 1906, Colonel Higginson wrote on the fly-leaf of one of his old textbooks (Professor Peirce's Elementary Treatise on Curves, Functions, and Forces):— When I left college at graduation in 1841, a few months short of 18, I was the best mathematician in the class, and Prof. Peirce. . . had me placed at once on the examining commd Forces):— When I left college at graduation in 1841, a few months short of 18, I was the best mathematician in the class, and Prof. Peirce. . . had me placed at once on the examining committee in that department. We studied this book in sheets as it came unbound from the press and I enjoyed it, and used to give my elder brother Waldo (Harvard, 1833) who was a practicing engineer, lessons out of it. . . . Now, at 83, I cannot comprehend one word of it. Do I know more or less than th
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, Bibliography (search)
tion of the Battle of Cowpens, Spartanburg, South Carolina, May II. Pph. Same. (In Reed and others, eds. Modern Eloquence, vol. 8. 1900.) Oration. (In Exercises in Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the Settlement of Cambridge, December 28, 1880.) French Radical Eloquence. (In Reed, ed. The City and the Sea, with other Cambridge Contributions in aid of the Hospital Fund.) Memorial Ode [May 30]. (With Long's Oration.) Pph. Def. VI. Also printed separately. Notice of Benjamin Peirce. (In King, comp. Memorial Collection.) Carlyle's Laugh. (In Atlantic Monthly, Oct.) Reprinted in Carlyle's Laugh and Other Surprises, 1909. Sellar's Roman Poets of the Republic. (In Atlantic Monthly, Oct.) Short March with the Guard. [Verses.] (In Sword and Pen, Dec. 9.) Book notices and editorials. (In Christian Register, Literary World, Woman's Journal.) 1882 Young Folks' History of the United States. New ed., with additional chapters. Speech at Rev. Samuel