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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Elizabeth, Queen of England (search)
ifty of the Spanish ships were wrecked. On the death of Leicester the Queen showed decided partiality for the Earl of Essex. Her treatment and final consent to the execution, by beheading, of Mary, Queen of Scots, has left a stain on the memory of Elizabeth. She assisted the Protestant Henry IV. of France in his struggle with the French Roman Catholics, whom Philip of Spain subsidized. Her reign was vigorous, and is regarded as exceedingly beneficial to the British nation. Literature was fostered, and it was illustrated during her reign by such men as Spenser, Shakespeare, Sidney, Bacon, and Raleigh. Elizabeth was possessed of eminent ability and courage, but her personal character was deformed by selfishness, inconstancy, deceit, heartlessness, and other un- Queen Elizabeth. womanly faults. She signified her will on her death-bed that James VI. of Scotland, son of the beheaded Mary, should be her successor, and he was accordingly crowned as such. She died March 24, 1603.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Garrison, William Lloyd 1804-1879 (search)
hat consternation, what running to and fro like men at their wits' end, what trepidation, what anguish of spirit, on the part of their enemies! How Southern slave-mongers quake and tremble at the faintest whisperings of an abolitionist? For, truly, the thief doth fear each bush an officer. Oh! the great poet of nature is right- Thrice is he arm'd that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. A greater than Shakespeare certifies the wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold as a lion. In this great contest of right against wrong, of liberty against slavery, who are the wicked, if they be not those who, like vultures and vampires, are gorging themselves with human blood; if they be not the plunderers of the poor, the spoilers of the defenceless, the traffickers in slaves and the souls of men ? Who are the cowards, if not those who shrink from manly argumentation, the light of truth,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hart, Albert Bushnell 1854- (search)
ve learned the romance of the Indian hunter and the French trapper, and who insist upon arousing the public to a sense of the importance in our national history of the development of the West. The difficulty about intellectual life in the Mississippi Valley is not so much a lack of interest in the things of the mind as a lack of local traditions. Hence in some Southern cities of feeble intellectual opportunities we find a delightful and refined society of old-fashioned people who read Shakespeare and Milton and Addison because that has for a hundred years been the right thing for respectable people to do. How can there be traditions in a city like Minneapolis, where not one adult in twenty was born in the place or perhaps in the State? The North and Northwest are now undergoing a tremendous social change through the renting of great farms to new-comers, while the owners live in villages or towns. This means that the children will not know the old place, and the grandchildren wil
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Jefferson, Joseph 1829- (search)
be condemned to see such a poor play. Ah, give me a comedy of Ethelridge, and let us have no more of this dull, vague Shakespeare. It was not, therefore, that there were no good plays, but that the vicious public wanted bad ones, and while rakes and unprincipled gallants and vile women were the heroes and heroines of the stage, the plays of Shakespeare had been written for a hundred years. Such lovely creatures as Rosalind, Desdemona, Beatrice, Ophelia, Imogene, Portia, and Juliet, together ous creations, were moulding on the shelves, because the managers had suffered bankruptcy for daring to produce them. Shakespeare says that the actors are the abstract and brief chronicles of the times. And so the people insisted that the actors sted that the actors should give them an exhibition of the licentious times rather than the splendid lessons of Shakespeare. As the social world improved in its tastes the drama followed it—nay, in some instances has led it. Jefferson, Thoma
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Kossuth, Lajos (Louis) 1802- (search)
ch here given: Ladies and Gentlemen,—Do me the justice to believe that I rise not with any pretension to eloquence within the Cradle of American Liberty. If I were standing upon the ruins of Prytaneum, and had to speak whence Demosthenes spoke, my tongue would refuse to obey, my words would die away upon my lips, and I would listen to the winds fraught with the dreadful realization of his unheeded prophecies. Spirit of American eloquence, frown not at my boldness that I dare abuse Shakespeare's language in Faneuil Hall! It is a strange fate, and not my choice. My tongue is fraught with a down-trodden nation's wrongs. The justice of my cause is my eloquence; but misfortune may approach the altar whence the flame arose which roused your fathers from degradation to independence. I claim my people's share in the benefit of the laws of nature and of nature's God. I will nothing add to the historical reputation of these walls; but I dare hope not to sully them by appealing to t
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sea adventurer, the (search)
vice-admiral, sailed in the Sea Adventurer with eight other vessels, bearing about 500 emigrants to Virginia. The fleet was dispersed in a storm, and the Sea Adventurer was wrecked on one of the Bermuda islands— the still vexed Bermoothes of Shakespeare. William Strachey was with them, who wrote a vivid account of the wreck. Such was the tumult of the elements, wrote Strachey, that the sea swelled above the clouds, and gave battle unto heaven. It could not be said to rain: the waters like e elements, wrote Strachey, that the sea swelled above the clouds, and gave battle unto heaven. It could not be said to rain: the waters like whole rivers did flood in the air. For three days and four nights they were beaten by this storm, while the ship was leaking fearfully. the Sea Adventurer outlived the storm; when it ceased she lay fixed between two rocks on the Bermuda shore. It is believed that Strachey's account of this storm and shipwreck inspired Shakespeare to write his Tempes
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sumner, Charles 1811- (search)
ood scholar in Latin and Greek. He failed utterly in mathematics. He delighted in Scott's novels, but most of all in Shakespeare, from whom he was perpetually quoting in conversation and letters. He kept a commonplace-book. His industry increasere Byron's Poems, the Pilgrim's progress, Burton's Anatomy of melancholy, Hazlitt's Select British poets, and Harvey's Shakespeare. The last two were kept through life on his desk or table, ready for use. The Shakespeare was found open on the day oShakespeare was found open on the day of his death, as he had left it, with his mark between the leaves at the third part of Henry VI., pp. 446, 447, and his pencil had noted the passage: Would I were dead! if God's good — will were so; For what is in this world, but grief and woe? He spent the first year after leaving college in study, reading, among other things, Tacitus, Juvenal, Persius, Shakespeare, and Milton, Burton's Anatomy, Wakefield's Correspondence with Fox, Moore's Life of Byron, Butler's Reminiscences, Hume's
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Virginia, (search)
nvicted of malfeasance and oppressive exaction, escapes......April 9, 1619 Sir George Yeardley succeeds Lord Delaware as governor, and arrives at Jamestown......April 19, 1619 First representative legislative assembly ever held in America meets at Jamestown......July 30, 1619 Dutch man-of-war sells colonists at Jamestown twenty negroes......August, 1619 [This is the epoch of the introduction of negro slavery in the English colonies.] Earl of Southampton, the early patron of Shakespeare, elected treasurer of the London Company......June 28, 1620 Population estimated at 4,000, and 40,000 pounds of tobacco shipped to England......1620 England claims a monopoly of trade of her plantations......October, 1621 London Company begins to ship respectable young women to supply the colonists with wives......1621 [They were sold for 120 lbs. of tobacco each, or the cost of bringing them over.] Sir Francis Wyatt chosen governor, and with nine ships, with emigrants and
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Weymouth, George 1605- (search)
the bays and rivers of Maine, and saw (possibly) the White Mountains of New Hampshire. There was mutual distrust between Weymouth and the Indians, and the former decided to keep no faith with the latter. Five of the Indians who ventured on hoard the vessel were carried off to England, three of whom were given to Sir Ferdinando Gorges, at Plymouth; the other two were sent to Sir John Popham, of London. The curiosity excited by these Indians in London doubtless gave the idea expressed by Shakespeare in The tempest, in which Trinculo says of the London people: Any strange beast there makes a man: when they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar, they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian. Weymouth's kidnapping spread distrust and anger wide among the Indians on the Eastern coast. One of the Indians carried away came, in May, 1607, as guide and interpreter for a colony of 120 persons, sent out in two vessels, commanded by George Popham, to plant a colony in Eastern New England
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 4 (search)
anuary 26, 1863. We are much excited by rumors of what is going to be done. It is generally believed Burnside is in Washington, though when you go to see him, as I did yesterday, you are informed he is out riding. This war will never be terminated until one side or the other has been well whipped, and this result cannot be brought about except by fighting. Hence, although I like fighting as little as any man, yet if it has to be done, and I don't see how it can be avoided, I am of Shakespeare's opinion, if it were done, then 't were well it were done quickly. I send you three letters which I think you will be interested in reading, and which you may as well keep as mementoes of the war. The first is from Levi Richards, a private in the Pennsylvania Reserves, who was detailed as a teamster and drove my wagon while I was connected with the Reserves. His letter is spontaneous, he having nothing, as he says, to gain by it, as we are now separated, but it is gratifying to me a
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