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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 5 (search)
lance-sheet, if perchance there ever was any, would have shown otherwise. No matter, he had the frank outdoor hospitality of a retired East India merchant, which he was; every afternoon, at a certain hour, sherry and madeira were set out on the sideboard in the airy parlor, with pears, peaches, grapes, nectarines, strawberries and the richest cream, and we knew that visitors would arrive. Cousins and friends came, time-honored acquaintances of the head of the house, eminent public men, Mr. Prescott the historian, or Daniel Webster himself, received like a king. Never did I feel a greater sense of an honor conferred than when that regal black-browed man once selected me as the honored messenger to bring more cream for his chocolate. There was sometimes, though rarely, a little music; and there were now and then simple games on the lawn,--battledore or gracehoops,--but as yet croquet and tennis and golf were not, and the resources were limited. In winter, the same houses were the
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 6 (search)
h. This time was spent in writing for newspapers, teaching private classes in different studies, serving on the school committee and organizing public evening schools, then a great novelty. The place was, and is, a manufacturing town, and I had a large and intelligent class of factory girls, mostly American, who came to my house for reading and study once a week. In this work I enlisted a set of young maidens of unusual ability, several of whom were afterward well known to the world: Harriet Prescott, afterward Mrs. Spofford; Louisa Stone, afterward Mrs. Hopkins (well known for her educational writings); Jane Andrews (author of The seven little sisters, a book which has been translated into Chinese and Japanese); her sister Caroline, afterward Mrs. Rufus Leighton (author of Life at Puget sound, ) and others not their inferiors, though their names were not to be found in print. I have never encountered elsewhere so noteworthy a group of young women, and all that period of work is a
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 8 (search)
sts. Other feminine contributors were invited, but for various reasons no ladies appeared except Mrs. Stowe and Miss Harriet Prescott (now Mrs. Spofford), who had already won fame by a story called In a Cellar, the scene of which was laid in Parisy (July 9, 1859) that he thought it very becoming. We seated ourselves at table, Mrs. Stowe at Lowell's right, and Miss Prescott at Holmes's, I next to her, Edmund Quincy next to me. Dr. Stowe was at Holmes's left, Whittier at his; and Longfellow, Underwood, John Wyman, and others were present. I said at once to Miss Prescott, This is a new edition of Evelina, or a Young Lady's Entrance into the World. Begin at the beginning: what did you and Mrs. Stowe talk about for three quarters of an, and various little jokes began to circle sotto voce at the table; a suggestion, for instance, from Longfellow, that Miss Prescott might be asked to send down into her Cellar for the wine she had described so well, since Mrs. Stowe would allow none
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 2: the Worcester period (search)
ginson took great interest: Do you remember a Newburyport girl named Harriet Prescott [Mrs. Spofford] who writes me immense letters and whom I think a wonderfulthere was an elegant little collation. Stately old Squire Porter conducted Miss Prescott to the seat of honor, and proposed her health in wine, with a little speechh or with Milton. So I may as well tell you all about my inducting little Harriet Prescott into that high company. She met me at twelve in Boston at Ticknor's andard the fair guests, and found, to my great amusement, that Mrs. Stowe and Harriet Prescott were the only ones! Nothing would have tempted my little damsel into such privately circulated thereupon, the best was Longfellow's proposition that Miss Prescott should send down into her Cellar for some wine, since Mrs. Stowe would not instance; I don't believe that the Wares fell in Adam! In a letter to Harriet Prescott, I find this allusion to the Stowe dinner: Dr. Holmes--whom you evid
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Index. (search)
80; at Worcester, 44-182, 221-23; on Sir Charles Grandison, 44, 45; and H. W. Beecher, 45-48; and Samuel Longfellow, 47-49; exchanges pulpits, 51, 52, 59; and Theodore Parker, 53, 54; and Lucy Stone, 55, 59-63; and Mrs. Chapman, 68, 69; and Anthony Burns, 68, 81; and Stephen Foster, 69, 70; arrested, 70; and the Quakers, 73-77; and disunion, 77-79; and Barnum, 80, 81; and the John Browns, 77, 84-88; and Sanborn, 86; preaching, 91; notes on contemporaries, 93, 94; in Canada, 94-101; and Harriet Prescott, 103-11; and Thoreau, 105; and Emerson, 105, 106; at Atlantic dinners, 106-11; and Atlantic Monthly, 111, 112; his essay on Snow, 114; travels, 117-53; goes to Mt. Katahdin, 117-20; excursion to Adirondacks, 120-24; journey to Fayal, 124-37; and Kansas, 137-44; at Princeton, Mass., 144-46; at Pigeon Cove, Mass., 146-51; description of Aunt Hannah, 151-53; and military preparations at Worcester, 154, 155, 162-64, 169-81; on emancipation, 164; in barracks, 170-81; takes command 1st S. C.
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, IV: the young pedagogue (search)
nses and images. But he never became reconciled to his work, and wrote in November: To Teaching I have an utter and entire aversion—I love children passionately and am able to attach them and to discipline them, but I am not fitted for an intellectual guide and I hate the office; and added I read the Theory of Teaching (which put me in despair). The school was often held out of doors, and one of the features was a course of talks to the boys on animals. In 1852, Higginson wrote to Harriet Prescott:— When I was of your age and had scholars like you,—or as you will,—I used to take them long walks and teach them to use their senses. We used sometimes to have school in a wood beside the house or in a great apple tree; and once on a rock in the wood there came to us a new scholar, a little weasel who glided among us with his slender sinuous body and glittering eyes, while we sat breathless to watch him. I fancy the boys will remember that little visitor longer than any of thei
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, VI: in and out of the pulpit (search)
various employments and the factories where they worked. Even then most of the men were of foreign extraction, and instruction seems to have been given principally in the three R's. One of the young teachers who helped in these classes was Harriet Prescott, now Mrs. Spofford. She writes, Mr. Higginson was like a great archangel to all of us then and there were so many of us! Coming into the humdrum life of the town, he was like some one from another star; and incidentally she speaks of his ools and served on the school committee. The pupils looked up to him with great reverence and accepted his advice as final. He was one of a committee of three which offered a prize of ten dollars each for the best essay and the best poem. Harriet Prescott wrote the successful essay on Hamlet, and remembers how she retired to her room in deep emotion after receiving from Mr. Higginson's hands her gold eagle in a little mesh purse. His practical interest in libraries seems from this record
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, VII: the free church (search)
t everybody who could claim eleventh cousinship to the Free Church came in. . . . Ever since that Tree we have been the most sociable parish in town. Would you like to look in at the Free Church? wrote Mr. Higginson to his young friend, Harriet Prescott, May, 1854. The people are bright and earnest, rather than cultivated. There is a tradition of a progressive improvement in the bonnets, oa evenings, since the first summer; but I doubt if we can bear this test of increased social distinctia with Alice and Phoebe Cary, the latter a dumpy jolly milkmaid, the former rather fine and superior. Of the actress, Charlotte Cushman, whom Mr. Higginson introduced to a Worcester audience by reading a letter describing her, he wrote to Harriet Prescott:— What a wonder she is! That magnificent vigor and vital heat of hers is enough to redeem her native land forever from the charge of producing sickly and lifeless women. . . . I was careful what I read, but there was one little senten
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, IX: the Atlantic Essays (search)
e influences that opened Michigan University to women, and has now invited a woman professor on the same terms as men. The anonymousness of the Atlantic essays caused some amusing mistakes, as when Mrs. C. H. Dall was many times congratulated on having written Mademoiselle and her Campaigns. Finally she discovered the author, and wrote to him that no one except Macaulay could have written a better magazine article, and his would have been half lies. Mr. Higginson himself wrote to Harriet Prescott: . . . I had more [letters] about April Days than about anything I have written—sick women, young farmers, etc. One odd anonymous person, signing Su Su, sent me a root of double bloodroot postmarked Snow's Store, Vt. It seemed pretty that bloodroot should come out of Snow's Store— though I suppose the donor never thought of it. I have a piece almost ready called My Outdoor study, based on a description of the lake where we go for boating. . . . These essays on Nature delight me
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, X: a ride through Kansas (search)
In January, 1857, a call was issued for a State Disunion Convention to consider the expediency of a separation between free and slave States, and Mr. Higginson's name led the signatures. This meeting was followed the next July by a call for a National Convention which was signed by Wendell Phillips, William Lloyd Garrison, Higginson, and 6400 others. This proposed convention, however, was never held. Some of his reasons for belief in disunion, Mr. Higginson expressed in a letter to Harriet Prescott, January, 1861:— I cannot agree with you and Mr. Seward about the Union, because I think that the Free States without the Slave will instantly command an influence, moral and material, which is denied us now. You know that even now the credit of Massachusetts Stocks is far higher in Europe than [that] of United States Stocks, and this symbolizes everything. A rough swearing mate of a vessel once told me he never dared own himself an American abroad, because he was so reproached
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