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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 2: school days and early ventures (search)
th a person whose name I had learned to revere, without feeling on the instant that the beautiful veil with which my imagination had robed him was partially rent away. If you cannot explain this matter, you are no philosopher. Whittier had at Hartford more of social life than ever before, and made the acquaintance of Mrs. Sigourney, then famous; also of F. A. P. Barnard, afterward president of Columbia College. Whittier's first thin volume, Legend of New England (Hartford, Hanmer and Phelps, 1831), was published with some difficulty at the age of twenty-four; and was suppressed in later life by the author himself, he buying it up, sometimes at the price of five dollars a copy, in order that he might burn it. It gave little promise, either in its prose or verse, and showed, like the early works of Hawthorne, the influence of Irving. The only things preserved from it, even in the appendix to his collected poems, are two entitled Metacom and Mount Agioochook Works, IV. 343-8.;
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 11: early loves and love poetry (search)
ings in his case, and could only say that there had been vague reports, to which she attached no value, about somebody at Amesbury. The Century Magazine for May, 1902, contained what was called a noteworthy letter by Whittier, edited by Mr. William Lyon Phelps and addressed to Miss Cornelia Russ of Hartford, Conn., on his leaving that city on Dec. 31, 1831. It contains a proposal of an interview, apparently with a view to marriage. Mr. Pickard, his literary editor, frankly doubts the genuineng his early correspondence; and he also questions the correctness of its dates, because he finds Whittier to have left Hartford permanently several months earlier than the date of the letter. He also disapproves, apparently, the assumption of Mr. Phelps that the object of this letter was the person who inspired that poem of Whittier which came nearest to a love-song, Memories. He asserts positively that the real object of this poem was a lady of whom Mr. Pickard thus writes in a newspaper com
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Index. (search)
haniel, 19. Greenleaf, Sarah, 5. Greenwood, Grace. See Lippincott. Grimke, Angelina, 115. Griswold, Rufus W., Letters of, quoted, 108, 109. H. Hampton Falls, N. H., 183. Hampton, N. H., 85. Hampton, Va., school at, 98. Hanmer and Phelps, 35. Harmon, Capt., 36. Harper's Ferry, Va., 79. Hartford, Conn., 34, 35, 37, 137, 138. Harvard University, 3; law school, 88; confers honorary degree on Whittier, 176. Haverhill Gazette, the, mentioned, 27, 28, 48, 88, 103; Whittier edice with Whittier, 100, 101. Penn, William, 3, 119. Pennsylvania, 51, 52, 77. Pennsylvania Antislavery Society, 63. Pennsylvania Freeman, the, mentioned, 62, 65. Pennsylvania Hall, 115; burning of, 63, 64. Phelps, Amos A., 81. Phelps, William L., 137. Philadelphia, Penn., 6, 49-52, 62, 74, 77, 115, 121, 122, 139, 172, 181; burning of hall and church in, 63-65. Philadelphia Society, 76. Philanthropist, the, mentioned, 32, 33. Pickard, Samuel T., 4, 39, 40, 159, 165; his Whi