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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, IX: George Bancroft (search)
rmany. He was recalled at his own request in 1874, and thenceforward resided in Washington in the winter, and at Newport, Rhode Island, in summer. Dividing his life between these two abodes, he passed his later years in a sort of existence more embered the father or grandfather of anybody who had any such ancestors whom it was desirable to mention. In summer, at Newport, it was the same; his residence was like that described by his imagination in one of his own early poems-- Where heaven lends her loveliest scene, A softened air, a sky serene, Along the shore where smiles the sea. Unlike most Newport cottages, his house was within sight of the ocean; between it and the sea lay the garden, and the rose in Kenmure's cap in the Scotfashioned Englishman his daily horseback exercise. At the same time he was one of the few men who were capable, even in Newport, of doing daily the day's work; he rose fabulously early in the morning, and kept a secretary or two always employed.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, XIV. one of Thackeray's women (search)
XIV. one of Thackeray's women Some years since, there passed away, at Newport, Rhode Island, one who could justly be classed with Thackeray's women; one in whom Lady Kew would have taken delight; one in whom she would have found wit and memoryld do without the necessaries of life, but could not spare the luxuries. She was an essential part of the atmosphere of Newport; living near the Old Stone Mill, she divided its celebrity and, as all agreed, its doubtful antiquity; for her most intigrotesque, or too juvenile for her to accept as her part, and successfully. In the modest winter sports of the narrowed Newport circle, when wit and ingenuity had to be invoked to replace the summer resources of wealth and display, she was an indiss of copying and took home a canvas or two with the eyes unpainted, putting them in, colored to please her own fancy, at Newport. Perhaps she invented this legend for her own amusement, for she never spared herself, and, were she to read this poor
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, chapter 21 (search)
r. I remember well that household of young people in successive summers at Newport, as they grew towards maturity; how they in turn came back from school and cozing, and one of them, at least, with a talent for cookery which delighted all Newport; then their wooings and marriages, always happy; their lives always busy; theindship in the same life. Having herself the entree of whatever the fashion of Newport could in those days afford; entertaining brilliant or showy guests from New Yod, a group of people so cultivated and agreeable as existed for a few years in Newport in the summers. There were present, as intellectual and social forces, not me a perpetual youth, and what is youth if it be not fearless? In her earlier Newport period she was always kind and hospitable, sometimes dreamy and forgetful, note we rest ourselves here! The next to arrive was a German baron well known in Newport and Cambridge,--a great authority in entomology, who always lamented that he h
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, chapter 24 (search)
hospitable roof of Mrs. Hannah Dame, in Newport, Rhode Island. Passing out of the front door one dments was that of organizing, at his house in Newport, the most efficient literary circle I ever knd been made internally the most attractive in Newport by the combined taste of himself and his wifef it. There was Dr. O. W. Holmes, who came to Newport as the guest of the Astor family, parents of attack of asthma that he had to bid adieu to Newport forever, after an early breakfast the next moent of languages. He alone on this list made Newport his home for years, and reared his gifted andized by an injudicious annotator, was much in Newport, equally fearless in body and mind, and perhard to my friend, Mrs. Julia Ward Howe and her Newport life, I have written so fully of her in the al writer for young people. She came first to Newport as the intimate friend of Mrs. Helen Maria Fi was destined in all to spend five winters at Newport, and entered upon her literary life practical[7 more...]