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and listlessly twisting the corners, he threw them over the brink, and away they went sailing and fluttering as they slowly descended to the green waters many a fathom below. The second picture is from Rev. Dr. Bellows, and was drawn by him at the Unitarian Convention which met in the city of New York in the midst of the war. He gave his views of Southern social life, and the influences proceeding from it, thus: No candid mind will deny the peculiar charm of Southern young men at College, or Southern young women in society. How far race and climate, independent of servile institutions, may have produced the Southern chivalric spirit and manner, I will not here consider. But one may as well deny the small feet and hands of that people, as deny a certain inbred habit of command; a contempt of life in defence of honor or class; a talent for political life, and an easy control of inferiors. Nor is this merely an external and flashy heroism. It is real. It showed itself in
ers. A true moral courage was requisite, in this early period of the war, for every old believer and every new convert. The camps, it is true, were almost filled with vice; swearing, gambling, and drunkenness, abounded, and one might have supposed that all were leagued against religion; but in the midst of all this many were found earnestly seeking light from God's Holy Word. That high moral courage that resolves to do right in the very midst of wrong tells powerfully on young men at College, and on soldiers in an army. In that charming book for boys, Tom Brown at Rugby, there is a fine illustration of moral courage. A large number of boys slept in the same room, and Tom Brown, though brought up to pray, was afraid to kneel down before his schoolmates, and went to bed every night without prayer. But a timid little fellow came to the school, whom everybody was disposed to call a milk sop, and on the very first night, while all others were laughing and talking about him, he f
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 40: outrages in Kansas.—speech on Kansas.—the Brooks assault.—1855-1856. (search)
of the people of Kansas are ignored. My heart is sick. And yet I am confident that Kansas will be a free State. But we have before us a long season of excitement and ribald debate, in which truth will be mocked and reviled. To E. L. Pierce, March 21:— I have received your beautiful and complete notice of my book. Notice of Sumner's third volume of speeches in Chicago Daily Journal, March 17, 1856. It is more than I deserved. How little did I dream as I pursued my studies at College, and then at the Law School, that such things would ever be said of me, or of anything done by me. For your faithful friendship I am most grateful. My brother George has come, and pleased me much by telling me good news of you. I am glad you are at Chicago, if you must be away from Massachusetts. Trumbull is a hero, and more than a match for Douglas. Illinois in sending him does much to make me forget that she sent Douglas. You will read his main speech, which is able; but you can har
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, The Puritan minister. (search)
eenthly from his own lips was more relishing than to have the best Double X go in. In spite of the dignity of this influential class, they were called only Elders for a long time. Titles were carefully adjusted in those days. The commonalty bore the appellations of Goodman and Goodwife, and one of Roger Williams's offences was his wishing to limit these terms to those who gave some signs of deserving them. The name Mr. was allowed to those who had taken the degree of Master of Arts at College, and also to professional men, eminent merchants, military officers, and mates of vessels, and their wives and daughters monopolized the epithet Mrs. Mr. Josiah Plastow, when he had stolen four baskets of corn from the Indians, was degraded into plain Josiah. Mr. seems to have meant simply My Sir, and the clergy were often called Sir merely, a title given also to college graduates, on Commencement programmes, down to the time of the Revolution. And so strong was the Puritan dislike to the
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 18: (search)
is letter, issued a circular to all the teachers, dated September 12, 1821, containing seven pages of all possible questions, to which was afterwards added a request to each teacher to suggest anything he might desire to have done, or changed at College, even if not suggested by the questions themselves. Most of the teachers answered in the course of the autumn. My answers are dated October 23, and fill thirty pages. Mr. Frisbie's were nearly as long, and are the only memorial he ever sent tortion of the community, without resorting to the winter vacation. . . . . For myself, I will gladly perform all the duties that fall to my office as Smith Professor, and give besides a full twelfth of all the additional common instruction at College, for the three next years, provided this reform may take place, and such branches be assigned to me as I can teach with profit to the school. I am persuaded every other teacher would be equally willing to pledge himself to extra labors in such
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., In another corner of Medford. (search)
In another corner of Medford. Topographically speaking, Medford is a city of numerous corners—thirty-four, to be exact. Some are near busy highways, others in the rocky solitudes of Middlesex Fells; several are on the College hill slopes, while yet others are unseen by the eye of man in the river's bed and the depth of Mystic lake. For a more minute description of these angular localities the reader is referred to Vol. XVIII, page 90, of the Register, and for views of the same to the volume entitled Boundaries. Some years since, the Register, in Vol. XIII, page 97, described one of these corners in some detail, illustrating the same by a sketch of its physical features which a former Medford man had made in 1855, probably little thinking that years after he had passed on, it would attract attention. Twenty years before, with the same praiseworthy intent, another, doubtless and evidently a novice, attempted to portray another corner of Medford, which is the scene and sub
to the approval or disapproval of the Knights of the Golden Circle. He thought the practice of carrying arms by ministers should be countenanced only on the basis suggested by Bishop Paine. We were going, as a people, very far wrong in this respect. On this day, at every Court-House in Virginia, nearly every man wore a weapon in his breast. This was not right. (A voice, "It is cowardly;" other voices, "No, it is not.") He had frequent occasion to mention this subject to his classes at College, and he thought that throughout the Conference ministers should use their influence against the practice. The Bishop said that he had felt compelled to use such influence in Alabama, which, as he had said before, was Virginia revised, corrected, and beautified. (Laughter) He differed, however, with some members of the Conference, in regard to learning the use of firearms. He thought that not only men and boys, but ladies, should learn their use, so as to make them effectual for prote