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Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xl. (search)
ed to many people a very extraordinary qualification for the Presidency. An acquaintance of mine, who happened to be in Boston on the evening of the day the Convention adjourned, formed one of a large group at his hotel, eagerly discussing the result. Only one or two of the party knew anything whatever of the first name on the ticket, and what they knew was soon told. Considerable disappointment could be seen in the faces of those composing the circle. One rough-looking sovereign, from Cape Cod, or Nantucket, had listened attentively, but taken no part in the conversation. Turning away at length, with an expression of deep disgust, he muttered: A set of consummate fools! Nominate a man for the Presidency who has never smelt salt water! Some of Mr. Lincoln's immediate neighbors were taken as completely by surprise as those in distant States. An old resident of Springfield told me that there lived within a block or two of his house, in that city, an Englishman, who of course s
m can avoid the sight of its extinction and the spectacle of his country's ruin — to die in the last ditch of their defence.--Richmond Examiner. Mason and Slidell left Fort Warren, Boston harbor, about eleven o'clock this forenoon. The arrangement for their return was very quietly made, and nothing was known at Boston in regard to the affair, until the hour arrived for their departure. The steam tugboat Starlight was employed by the Government to convey the prisoners to Provincetown, Cape Cod, where they were to be transferred to the British gunboat Rinaldo, which arrived at that port last night. Accordingly the tugboat Starlight left Boston shortly before ten o'clock this morning, and stopped at Fort Warren, where she took on board Mason and Slidell, and their two secretaries. After receiving their baggage, etc., the tug proceeded on her way to sea, leaving the fort about eleven o'clock. The whole affair was conducted without any display, in perfect quiet, and in the ordinary
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), I. First months (search)
evelopment of character under pressing circumstances. In peace times he would have lived and died a quiet, manly, happy-tempered fellow; but the peril forced his true spirit into action, and now his name stands as that of one who gave up a life spotless of low ambition, of cowardice, of immorality; a life torn from all that is attractive and agreeable and devoted to the cause of Eternal Right. An entry in his journal says of a shooting-trip of his on some old haunts among the marshes of Cape Cod: As I walked about this beautiful old place, with the clear air and the fine breeze, the idea of going to war struck me with a ten-fold disagreeable contrast. N-----B-----was quite eloquent on the topic and strongly urged against it. But what's the use? A man must march when it is his plain duty; and all the more if he has had, in this world, more than his slice of cake! On August 10th Lyman wrote the following letter to General Meade, in command of the Army of the Potomac:-- As you
owing singular passage: For an agricultural colony, a milder climate was desirable; in view of a settlement at the South, De Monts explored and colonized for France, the rivers, the coasts, and the bays of New England, so far, at least, as Cape Cod. The numbers and hostility of the savages led him to delay a removal, since his colonists were so few. Yet the purpose remained. Thrice in the spring of the following year did Dupont, his lieutenant, attempt to complete the discovery. Thrice he was driven back by adverse winds, and at the third time his vessel was wrecked. Poutrincourt, who had visited France, and was now returned with supplies, renewed the design; but meeting with disasters on the shoals of Cape Cod, he, too, returned to Port Royal. Thus the first settlement on the American Continent had been made--two years before James River was discovered, and three years before a cabin had been raised in Canada. The name of Dupont in connection with a naval expedition at Por
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 1. (ed. Frank Moore), The Whereabouts of Gen. Beauregard: by Telegraph to vanity Fair--after manner of Daily papers. (search)
ising the Household Journal. Annapolis, April 26.--Gen. Beauregard was discovered in the White House rear-yard last night at 26 minutes past 6, armed with three large howitzers and a portable sledstake. He went away after reconnoitring pretty numerously. Philadelphia, April 26.--I learn on excellent authority that Gen. Beauregard was in Charleston at 22 minutes past 6 yesterday, and had no intention of leaving. He was repairing Fort Sumter. The people of Bangor, Maine, and of Cape Cod, Mass., report that Gen. Beauregard has lately been seen prowling around those places. I learn that Gen. Beauregard is within five miles of Washington. The report in some of your contemporaries, that Gen. Beauregard is within five miles of Washington, is utterly without foundation. Sensation despatches in times like these cannot be too strongly deprecated. The public will invariably find my despatches reliable, and can always find out all about Gen. Beauregard by buying vanity Fair. Pr
all the pirates had escaped, except two who had been shipped in the Provinces. We immediately commenced coaling her from this ship, also putting stores, and a prize crew on board. We then sent an armed boat's crew on board the schooner which had been coaling the Chesapeake, preparatory to leaving, and found several trunks and packages, which the Captain of the schooner acknowledged to have been taken from the Chesapeake, and also one of the original seventeen who captured the steamer off Cape Cod, and whom we found secreted in the cabin, under buffalo skins. We took the packages and trunks on board the Chesapeake, transferring the pirate, together with the other two found. on board the Chesapeake, to the Ella and Anna, and placed them in double irons. I neglected to say that, when near the prize the American ensign was hoisted, Union down, by the engineer, one of the original crew held as prisoners by the pirates soon after the pirates had left her in boats. At one P. M. fin
I am dead. I will give him to Mr. Wilson: he is much good man, and much love me. So sent for Mr. Wilson to come to him, and committed his only child to his care, and so died. The Indians were powerful on this shore; and Gosnold, who was at Cape Cod in 1602, says this coast is very full of people. Capt. Smith, who was here in 1614, says it was well inhabited with many people. Sir Ferdinando Gorges adds, At our first discovery of those coasts, we found it very populous, the inhabitants stoun away and let them die, and let their carcasses lie above the ground without burial. And the bones and skulls upon the several places of their habitations made such a spectacle, that it seemed to me a new-found Golgotha. Dermer, who was at Cape Cod in 1619, says: I passed along the coast, where I found some eminent plantations, not long since populous, now utterly void. In another place a remnant remains, but not free from sickness; their disease the plague. Rev. Francis Higginson, in
ggestion, the following order was passed in the Colony Court, 1663 :-- It is proposed by the Court unto the several townships in this jurisdiction, as a thing they ought to take into their serious consideration, that some course may be taken, that in every town there may be a schoolmaster set up, to train up children in reading and writing. In 1670, the Court did freely give and grant all such profits as might or should accrue annually to the Colony for fishing with a net or seines at Cape Cod for mackerel, bass, or herrings, to be improved for and towards a free school, in some town in this jurisdiction, for the training up of youth in literature, for the good and benefit of posterity,--provided a beginning be made within one year after said grant. The occupants of the Medford plantation, being few and poor, secured instruction to their children by domestic teaching, and by using the schools of the neighboring towns. Towards the support of those schools, they were required
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), America, discoverers of. (search)
on. Sir Walter Raleigh, favored by the Queen, sent two ships, commanded by Philip Amidas and Arthur Barlow, to the middle regions of the North American coast. They discovered Roanoke Island and the main near, and in honor of the unmarried Queen the whole country was named Virginia. In 1602 Bartholomew Gosnold, sailing from England directly across the Atlantic, discovered the continent on May 14, near Nahant, Mass., and sailing southward also discovered a long, sandy point, which he named Cape Cod, because of the great number of that fish found there. He also discovered Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and the Elizabeth Islands. In 1604 Martin Pring discovered the coast of Maine. Again the French had turned their attention to North America. M. de Chastes, governor of Dieppe, having received a charter from the King, of France to form a settlement in New France, he employed Samuel Champlain, an eminent navigator, to explore that region. He sailed from Honfleur in March, 1603, went u
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Block, or Blok, Adriaen, 1610- (search)
Block, or Blok, Adriaen, 1610- Navigator; born in Amsterdam, Holland. In 1610 he made a successful voyage to Manhattan (now New York) Bay, taking back to Amsterdam a cargo of rich furs. In 1614 he bought a merchant ship, the Tiger, and again visited Manhattan. the Tiger was accidentally destroyed by fire, but with his crew he made a yacht, named the Unrest, and with this explored adjacent waters. He was the first European to sail through Hell Gate, and he discovered the rivers now known by the names of Housatonic and Connecticut. The latter he explored as far as the site of Hartford, and still pushing east discovered Block Island, which was named for him. After reaching Cape Cod he left the Unrest, and returned to Holland on one of the ships which had sailed with him on his westward cruise.
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