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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
llfully to violate all the most sacred interests of human nature, to defy as long as danger does not appear, and, as soon as real peril shows itself, to sneak aside and run away-these are the virtues of the race which presumes to announce itself as the leader of civilization and the prophet of human progress in these latter days. By Captain Wilkes let the Yankee breed be judged. Other publications, of higher and lower character than the Times, used equally offensive language; The Saturday Review, conducted chiefly by members of the British aristocracy, said with a bitter sneer, The American Government is in the position of the rude boor, conscious of infinite powers of annoyance, destitute alike of scruples and of shame, recognizing only the arbitration of the strong arm, which repudiates the appeal to codes, and presuming, not without reason, that more scrupulous States will avoid or defer such an arbitration as long as ever they can. The London Punch gave, in one of its cart
Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), A Biographical battle. (search)
ers of life and death, the biographer who is active enough to be the first in the market, will dispose of a dozen editions before those of less alacrity have printed their initial chapters. The Reminiscences of Choate, put out by Colonel Edward G. Parker, have, among other merits, that of novelty; and although they have not escaped censure in critical circles, they are entertaining. But Colonel Parker is in trouble. He is censured by The Atlantic Monthly; he is cut up by The (London) Saturday Review; he is rebuked by Mr. Joseph Bell, who has Mr. Choate's memory in his special keeping; and he is treated by The Boston Courier very much as Captain Lemuel Gulliver was by the first Yahoos whose acquaintance he had the pain of making. Unless Colonel Parker--who is not of the Regular Army, but in the Militia Service of Massachusetts--shall make a great deal of money by the sale of his publication, he will wish that he had fallen upon his own sword, before venturing into the battle of pri
Owen Wister, Ulysses S. Grant, V. (search)
ccessful, and no political appointments are made. He did not now relish the suggestion of his being ordered to the Potomac, which first came to him at this time. He wrote: My going could do no possible good. They have there able officers who have been brought up with that army. Meanwhile Vicksburg had made him a major-general in the regular army. Lincoln had written him his hearty personal thanks, and the cause of the Union had brightened at home and abroad. The London Times and Saturday Review had lately been quoting the Bible as sanction for slavery; for England dearly loves the Bible; but now many voices in London became sure that slavery was wicked; for England dearly loves success. Grant was more pestered than ever now with Jews and other traders. As he wrote Chase on July 21: Any trade whatsoever with the rebellious states is weakening to us. ... It will be made the means of supplying the enemy with what they want. His sound sense, however, could not wholly prevail
Matthew Arnold, Civilization in the United States: First and Last Impressions of America., IV: civilization in the United States. (search)
I should say that if one were searching for the best means to efface and kill in a whole nation the discipline of respect, the feeling for what is elevated, one could not do better than take the American newspapers. The absence of truth and soberness in them, the poverty in serious interest, the personality and sensation-mongering, are beyond belief. There are a few newspapers which are in whole, or in part, exceptions. The New York Nation, a weekly paper, may be paralleled with the Saturday Review as it was in its old and good days; but the New York Nation is conducted by a foreigner, and has an extremely small sale. In general, the daily papers are such that when one returns home one is moved to admiration and thankfulness not only at the great London papers, like the Times or the Standard, but quite as much at the great provincial newspapers, too,--papers like the Leeds Mercury and the York-shire Post in the north of England, like the Scotsman and the Glasgow Herald in Scotlan
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial Paragraphs. (search)
of information relative to the late war, without a careful study of which no historian, however limited his scope, should venture to treat any fragment of that most interesting story. It is especially valuable as contradicting upon conclusive authority many of the favorite illusions propagated by Northern writers, and establishing beyond doubt the enormous superiority in numbers of the Federal armies in every campaign and in almost every battle. The above extract is from the London Saturday Review, and praise from that source is praise indeed. But pardon us, kind reader, if we seem too intent on blowing our trumpet. You will bear us witness that we have done little of this heretofore, but this is the last number of the year, and — well, we had as well tell the whole truth--we want you to renew and to get us some new subscribers. Our relations with the Archive office in Washington continue to be of the most pleasant and satisfactory character, and we have received from al
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 5: Lowell (search)
nt anatomical demonstrations, just as Agassiz found that his scientific skill had already made him a good rifle-shot before he had touched the weapon. The Saturday Review once pointed out as the two faults of Lowell's prose writings an overconfident tone and a grotesqueness of illustration. It must, undoubtedly, be conceded by his admirers that, though he is never coarse, yet his taste is not always to be trusted. The Saturday Review quoted this sentence from his Shakespeare once more, Hamlet and the Novum Organum were at the risk of teething and the measles at the same time; and from the paper on Italy, Milton is the only man who has got much poetry out of a cataract, and that was a cataract in his eye. Of such passages the Saturday Review remarked, with some reason, that they are relics of the hobbledehoy stage of literary production, and are serious blemishes in a style making just pretensions to maturity. Akin to this is the remark of one of Lowell's few severe critics in
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life, Chapter 16: Anglomania and Anglophobia (search)
million dollars and one hundred thousand lives to put down the slavery which England had always condemned us for tolerating. Moreover, fortunately or unfortunately, the sympathy of England for secession when manifested came in a form so inadequate and inconsistent that it offended even those whom it meant to befriend, and there is no especial sympathy visible in our Southern States in that direction. Add to this the long series of insults so ingeniously brought by the Times and the Saturday Review, and by the London penny-a-liners, all studiously working to destroy all English sympathy in the minds of that literary class in America which should be, in case of need, most friendly to England. It is impossible to estimate how much this petty literary antagonism has done to furnish fuel for the so-called jingo side in a world where the gospel of turning the other cheek to the smiter is yet imperfectly established. When we speak of England as isolated among the nations of Europe is
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life, Chapter 29: acts of homage (search)
It is partly, no doubt, a reaction after that intense feeling of aroused nationality which accompanied and followed our great Civil War, and can hardly, perhaps, be sustained in full by the next generation. The day after Lincoln's emancipation proclamation was issued, or after his Gettysburg speech, or after his assassination, there was little disposition visible among us to regard that estimable sovereign, Queen Victoria, as the Queen of the English-speaking race; nor would even the Saturday Review have made that suggestion. As the War of 1812 was called by many the Second War of the Revolution, so might the Civil War be almost called the Third War, in respect to the completeness of the feeling of independence, not to say of isolation, that it created for a time. It is one of the incidental benefits to set against the vast evils of war that it gives this sense of self-reliance. When is man strong, says Browning in one of his finest passages, but when he feels alone? It is ve
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 10: forecast (search)
other have borne upon his brow the trace of Martha Corey's grief. A real obstacle. No, it does not seem that the obstacle to a new birth of literature and art in America lies in blind adherence to the Puritan tradition, but rather in the timid and faithless spirit that lurks in the circles of culture, and still holds something of literary and academic leadership in the homes of the Puritans. What are the ghosts of a myriad Blue Laws compared with the transplanted cynicism of one Saturday Review? How can any noble literature germinate where young men are constantly told by some of our professors that there is no such thing as originality, and that nothing remains for us in this effete epoch of history but the mere re-combining of thoughts which sprang first from braver brains? It is melancholy to see young men come forth from college walls with less enthusiasm than they carried in; trained in a spirit which is in this respect worse than English toryism, -that it does not even
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Index. (search)
ven, Poe's, 211. Reid, Mayne, 262. Republican Court, Griswold's, 54. Rhode Island almanac, a, Franklin's, 58. Richardson, James, 48. Ricketson, Daniel, 103, 196. Robinson, Dr. J. H., 262. Rochambeau, Comte de, 52. Roseboro, Viola, 253. Rowson, Mrs., Susanna, 92. Sacken, Baron, Osten, 275. Salem Lyceum, 170. Salmagundi, Irving's, 84, 85. Salut au Monde, Whitman's, 229. Sandpiper, Celia Thaxter's, 264. Sandys, George, 8, 9. Sartor Resartus, Carlyle's, 261. Saturday Review, 268. Scarlet letter, Hawthorne's, 185. Scots wha hae wia Wallace bled, Burns's, 18. Scott, Sir, Walter, 36, 85, 90, 93, 96, 97, 98, 187, 259, 269, 274, 275, 277. Scudder, Horace E., 134. Sedgwick, Catharine Maria, 126, 148. Self-culture, Channing's, 114. Serene I Fold my hands, Burroughs's, 264. Seven Pines, Battle of, 217. Sewall, Samuel, 27-35. Seward, Miss, Anna, 75, 259. Shakespeare, 1, 108, 138. Shelley, 72, 177, 183, 215, 223, 258, 261, 277, 280. Shelle
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