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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Duyckinck, Evert Augustus, 1816-1878 (search)
alue. To this Evert added a supplement in 1865. His other important works are, Wit and wisdom of Sidney Smith; National portrait-gallery of eminent Americans; History of the War for the Union; History of the world from the earliest period to the present time; and Portrait-Gallery of eminent men and women of Europe and America (2 volumes). Mr. Duyckinck's latest important literary labor was in the preparation, in connection with William Cullen Bryant (q. v.), of a new and thoroughly annotated edition of Shakespeare's writings. Evert died in New York City, Aug. 13, 1878. His brother, George long, was born in New York City, Oct. 17, 1823; graduated at the University of the City of New York in 1843. Besides his assistance in the conduct of the Literary world and the preparation of the Cyclopaedia of American Literature, he published biographies of George Herbert (1858), Bishop Thomas Ken (1859), Jeremy Taylor (1860), and Bishop Latimer (1861). He died in New York City March 30, 1863.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Erie, Lake, battle on. (search)
ver Hazard Perry, a zealous young naval officer, of Rhode Island, who was in command of a flotilla of gunboats on the Newport station, offered his services on the Lakes. Chauncey desired his services, and on Feb. 17 Perry received orders from the Secretary of the Navy to report to Chauncey with all possible despatch, and to take with him to Sackett's Harbor all of the best men of the flotilla at Newport. He sent them forward, in companies of fifty, under Sailing-Masters Almy, Champlin, and Taylor. He met Chauncey at Albany, and they journeyed together in a sleigh through the then wilderness to Sackett's Harbor. In March Perry went to Presque Isle (now Erie, Pa.) to hasten the construction and equipment of a little navy there designed to co-operate with General Harrison in attempts to recover Michigan. Four vessels were speedily built at Erie, and five others were taken to that well-sheltered harbor from Black Rock, near Buffalo, where Henry Eckford (q. v.)had converted merchant-ves
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 18 (search)
I think the first duty of society is justice. Alexander Hamilton said, Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. If any other basis of safety or gain were honest, it would be impossible. A prosperous iniquity, says Jeremy Taylor, is the most unprofitable condition in the world. The nation which, in moments when great moral questions disturb its peace, consults first for its own safety, is atheist and coward, and there are three chances out of four that it will end boncile thus the utter difference and opposition of his campaign speeches, and his last one. I think he went West, sore at the loss of the nomination, but with too much good sense, perhaps magnanimity, to act over again Webster's sullen part when Taylor stole his rights. Still, Mr. Seward, though philosophic, though keen to analyze and unfold the theory of our politics, is not cunning in plans. He is only the hand and tongue; his brain lives in private life on the Hudson River side. Acting
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 2, Christianity a battle, not a dream (1869). (search)
ologians were dividing brains, Christianity was writing its record by the pen of Beccaria, when he taught Europe a better system of penal laws. I remember, of course, the duty and value of prayer; the place devotion has; the need all human nature has for meditation and self-culture. But viewed broadly, and noting the distinctive nature of Christianity, when Voltaire thundered across Europe in defence of Calais, struggling for rational religion, he was nearer to the heart of Christ than Jeremy Taylor when he wrote his eloquent and most religious essays, Holy Living and Dying. Bating some human imperfections, trampling under foot his personal vices, and remembering only his large service to his race, when even that name of all names which the Christian has been taught to hate,--when even Thomas Paine went into the other world he was much more likely to be received with Well done, good and faithful servant! than many a bishop who died under an English mitre. There are two classes
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 4: College Life.—September, 1826, to September, 1830.—age, 15-19. (search)
iking; there is a simplicity, a grandeur, and, withal, a pertinency, about them which we look for in vain amongst the exquisites of our degenerate days. Their works are not scattered over with flowers, which only serve to deck and adorn them without adding to their strength or clearness. Their figures rather resemble pillars, which are at once ornaments and supports of the fabric to which they are attached. Witness the beauty and strength of Shakspeare's allusions, and also those of Jeremy Taylor and Bacon. The latter of these comes among the last of those who can be numbered in that iron phalanx which we denominate the old English writers. How can we account for this great superiority that they possessed over us in point of real strength and beauty? It was because they depended more upon their own resources; because they thought. Yet many of their works are most curious examples of pedantry, which none of the dullest dogs of our dull days could hope to equal even in this
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 8: early professional life.—September, 1834, to December, 1837.—Age, 23-26. (search)
other step. At the same time, he commends J. Q. A. in a way that does my heart good. Washington, in this letter, alludes to his own conduct on these subjects. Perhaps you have seen the letter. I do not know that it is preserved by Sparks. It probably is; at any rate, it is to be found in the renowned Cunningham correspondence, the publication of which is the most barefaced violation of confidence that I know of. See the last number of the London and Westminster Review for articles on Taylor's Statesman April, 1837, Vol. XXVIII. pp. 1-32. and Fonblanque's England under Seven Administrations, Idem, pp 65-98. both of which touch upon some of your topics. Don't publish by subscription; Political Ethics. don't make yourself a general beggar: it is enough to petition booksellers; do not offer prayers to the many-headed public for the sake of a paltry subscription. It is undignified, and betrays a want of confidence in your work. Study, ponder, and polish your work; th
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 15: the Circuits.—Visits in England and Scotland.—August to October, 1838.—age, 27. (search)
have come to Edinburgh at the time of its greatest desertion, and when all our courts are in vacation and all our lawyers shooting grouse. I am afraid, therefore, that I can offer you only a family party and a hearty welcome on Tuesday. I was at Craigcrook Castle last evening, and passed a good portion of to-day with his Lordship in his study. Never have I heard any one express himself with such grace, beauty, precision, and variety of word as did Jeffrey, when I introduced the name of Jeremy Taylor; to catch and send you his language would be like wreathing into this scrawl the brilliant colors of the rainbow. I am tired—as doubtless you are—of my descriptions of the persons and conversations of those I meet. I will not give you another sketch, and yet I cannot help saying that Jeffrey is superlatively eminent as a converser,— light, airy, poetical, argumentative, fantastical, and yet full of the illustrations of literature and history. He indulged me with reminiscences of his <
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, A charge with Prince Rupert. (search)
rty as Brownists, Anabaptists, and Atheists, and in his address to the city of London pleaded in favor of his own godly, learned, and painfull preachers. Every royal regiment had its chaplain, including in the service such men as Pearson and Jeremy Taylor, and they had prayers before battle, as regularly and seriously as their opponents. After solemn prayers at the head of every division, I led my part away, wrote the virtuous Sir Bevill Grenvill to his wife, after the battle of Bradock. Runt of Ladies, the beautiful Duchess of Richmond, the merry Mrs. Kirke, and brave Kate D'Aubigny. In Merton College the Queen resided; at Oriel the Privy Council was held; at Christ Church the King and Rupert were quartered; and at All Souls Jeremy Taylor was writing his beautiful meditations, in the intervals of war. In the New College quadrangle, the students were drilled to arms in the eye of Doctor Pink, while Mars and Venus kept undisturbed their ancient reign, although transferred to the
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Short studies of American authors, Thoreau. (search)
ay, like the early classification of Emerson as a second-hand Carlyle. All three were the children of their time, and had its family likeness; but Thoreau had the lumen siccum, or dry light, beyond either of the others; indeed, beyond all men of his day. His temperament was like his native air in winter,--clear, frosty, inexpressibly pure and bracing. His power of literary appreciation was something marvellous, and his books might well be read for their quotations, like the sermons of Jeremy Taylor. His daring imagination ventured on the delineation of just those objects in nature which seem most defiant of description, as smoke, mist, haze; and his three poems on these themes have an exquisite felicity of structure such as nothing this side of the Greek anthology can equal. Indeed, the value of the classic languages was never better exemplified than in their influence on his training. They were real humanities to him; linking him with the great memories of the race, and with hi
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Spenser (search)
of the Wise Virgins The general end of the book, he tells us in his Dedication to Sir Walter Raleigh, is to fashion a gentleman of noble person in virtuous and gentle discipline. But a little further on he evidently has a qualm, as he thinks how generously he had interpreted his promise of cuts: To some I know this method will seem displeasant, which had rather have good discipline delivered plainly in way of precepts or sermoned at large, We can fancy how he would have done this by Jeremy Taylor, who was a kind of Spenser in a cassock. as they use, than thus cloudily enwrapped in allegorical devices. Lord Burleigh was of this way of thinking, undoubtedly, but how could poor Clarion help it? Has he not said, And whatso else, of virtue good or ill, Grew in that garden, fetcht from far away, Of every one he takes and tastes at will, And on their pleasures greedily doth prey’? One sometimes feels in reading him as if he were the pure sense of the beautiful incarnated to the o
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