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Charles E. Stowe, Harriet Beecher Stowe compiled from her letters and journals by her son Charles Edward Stowe, Chapter 2: school days in Hartford, 1824-1832. (search)
ons are admirable — fare $140. Unless our ship should speak some one bound to America on the passage, you will probably not hear from me under two months. Before two months had passed came vague rumors of a terrible shipwreck on the coast of Ireland. Then the tidings that the Albion was lost. Then came a letter from Mr. Pond, at Kinsale, Ireland, dated May 2, 1822: You have doubtless heard of the shipwreck of the Albion packet of New York, bound to Liverpool. It was a melancholy she minister's Wooing never would have been written, for both Mrs. Marvyn's terrible soul struggles and old Candace's direct and effective solution of all religious difficulties find their origin in this stranded, storm-beaten ship on the coast of Ireland, and the terrible mental conflicts through which her sister afterward passed, for she believed Professor Fisher eternally lost. No mind more directly and powerfully influenced Harriet's than that of her sister Catherine, unless it was her broth
er Charles from nine in the morning till two in the afternoon to read and answer them in the shortest manner; letters from all classes of people, high and low, rich and poor, in all shades and styles of composition, poetry and prose; some mere outbursts of feeling; some invitations; some advice and suggestions; some requests and inquiries; some presenting books, or flowers, or fruit. Then came, in their turn, deputations from Paisley, Greenock, Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Belfast in Ireland; calls of friendship, invitations of all descriptions to go everywhere, and to see everything, and to stay in so many places. One kind, venerable minister, with his lovely daughter, offered me a retreat in his quiet manse on the beautiful shores of the Clyde. For all these kindnesses, what could I give in return? There was scarce time for even a grateful thought on each. People have often said to me that it must have been an exceeding bore. For my part, I could not think of regardin
to. From this beginning was afterwards elaborated Agnes of Sorrento, with a dedication to Annie Howard, who was one of the party. Not the least important event of the year to Mrs. Stowe, and the world at large through her instrumentality, was the publication in the Atlantic monthly of her reply to the address of the women of England. The reply is substantially as follows:-- January, 1863. A reply to The affectionate and Christian Address of many thousands of Women of Great Britain and Ireland to their Sisters, the Women of the United States of America, (signed by) Anna Maria Bedford (Duchess of Bedford). Olivia Cecilia Cowley (Countess Cowley). Constance Grosvenor (Countess Grosvenor). Harriet Sutherland (Duchess of Sutherland). Elizabeth Argyll (Duchess of Argyll). Elizabeth Fortescue (Countess Fortescue). Emily Shaftesbury (Countess of Shaftesbury). Mary Ruthven (Baroness Ruthven). M. A. Milman (wife of Dean of St. Paul). R. Buxton (daughter of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxt
, 500; address of welcome by, 501. House and home papers published, 490. Howitt, Mary, calls on H. B. S., 231. Human life, sacredness of, 193. Human nature in books and men, 328. Hume and mediums, 419. Humor of Mrs. Stowe's books, George Eliot on, 462. Husband and wife, sympathy between, 105. I. Idealism versus Realism, Lowell on, 334. Independent, New York, work for, 186; Mrs. Browning reads Mrs. Stowe in, 357. Inverary Castle, H. B. S.'s. visit to, 271. Ireland's gift to Mrs. Stowe, 248. J. Jefferson, Thomas, on slavery, 141. Jewett, John P., of Boston, publisher of Uncle Tom's Cabin, 158. K. Kansas Nebraska Bill, 255; urgency of question, 265. Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin projected, 174; written, 188; contains facts, 203; read by Pollock, 226; by Argyll, 239; sickness caused by, 252; sale, 253; facts woven into Dred, 266; date of in chronological list, 490. Kingsley, Charles, upon effect of Uncle Tom's Cabin, 196; visit to, 286