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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 1: Ancestry. (search)
las Jacob, who came to this country from Hingham, England, in 1633, settled in Watertown, and removed two years later to Hingham. For the genealogy of the Jacob family, see History of Hanover, by J. S. Barry, pp. 319-335; and for that of the Simm Hanover in 1763, married Hannah Hersey, She was a descendant of William Hersey, an emigrant from England, who was in Hingham as early as 1635. To him a numerous family, largely still resident in that town, trace their lineage. His great-grandsrospect Street in South Hingham, under Prospect Hill, a well-known landmark. Upon this estate now live his children. of Hingham, and died in 1799, at the age of thirty-six. His home was but a short distance from his father's, and its site is now o was born, Feb. 29, 1785, and became the mother of Charles Sumner. The Jacob family were generally farmers, residing in Hingham, Scituate, South Scituate, and Hanover. They were marked by good sense and steady habits, and some of them discharged i
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 2: Parentage and Family.—the father. (search)
te, Leonard Woods, then at Cambridge, who had been enlivening his theological studies, which he had pursued at Princeton, with the reading of Don Quixote, Cecilia, and other novels; Shakspeare, Ossian, Pope, and the Spectator; and admiring Belfield in Cecilia, and the character of Sancho, Esq. Remaining at Billerica but a short time, he obtained, through the influence of Rev. Dr. Freeman and Colonel Samuel Swan, of Dorchester, a place as assistant in the private school of Rev. Henry Ware at Hingham, on a salary of £ 150, with special reference to the instruction of two lads, one of whom was John Codman, afterwards the pastor of the second church in Dorchester. An intimate friendship had grown up in college between Sumner and Joseph Story, of Marblehead, who was two years his junior in the course. A correspondence ensued. Their letters are playful, and hopeful of the future. Sumner's letters refer to books and poems he had read, as Hogarth Moralized, Roberts' Epistle to a Young G
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 12: Paris.—Society and the courts.—March to May, 1838.—Age, 27. (search)
. He published, 1838-1842, Edited Specimens of Foreign Standard Literature, which contained his translations of Cousin, Jouffroy, and B. Constant. He was one of the Brook-Farm community in Roxbury, Mass., of which Hawthorne's Blithedale Romance was written. In 1849 he became, as he still continues, the literary editor of the New York Tribune. He edited, with Charles A. Dana as associate, the American Cyclopaedia. Mr. Brooks. Rev. Charles Brooks, 1795-1872; a Unitarian clergyman in Hingham, Mass., and afterwards Professor of Natural History in the University of New York. Mr. Bancroft, but particularly Mr. Brownson; Orestes A. Brownson, 1803-1876. He was by turns the partisan of various theologies; finally entering, in 1844, the Catholic communion. He was the editor and almost the sole writer of the Boston Quarterly Review, established in 1838. He entered on metaphysical and philosophical discussions at an early period of his career, and embraced with little modification the