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James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 1: the Scotch-Irish of New Hampshire. (search)
clergymen Traits in the Scotch-Irish character zeal of the Londonderrians in the Revolution Horace Greeley's allusion to his Scotch-Irish ancestry. New Hampshire, the native State of Horace Greeley, was settled in part by colonists from Massachusetts and Connecticut, and in part by emigrants from the north of Ireland. The latter were called Scotch-Irish, for a reason which a glance at their history will show. Ulster, the most northern of the four provinces of Ireland, has been, duringWorcester; but as they were Irish and Presbyterians, such a storm of prejudice against them arose among the enlightened Congregationalists of that place, that they were obliged to flee before it, and seek refuge in the less populous places of Massachusetts. Sixteen families, after many months of tribulation and wandering, selected for their permanent abode a tract twelve miles square, called Nutfield, which now embraces the townships of Londonderry, Derry and Windham, in Rockingham county, New
James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 2: Ancestors.—parentage.—birth. (search)
reeley, emigrated from the neighborhood of Nottingham, England. One of them is supposed to have settled finally in Maine, another in Rhode Island, the third in Massachusetts. All the Greeleys in New England have descended from these three brothers, and the branch of the family with which we have to do, from him who settled in MassMassachusetts. Respecting the condition and social rank of these brothers, their occupation and character, tradition is silent. But from the fact that no coat-of-arms has been preserved or ever heard of by any member of the family, and from the occupation of the majority of their descendants, it is plausibly conjectured that they were farmers of moderate means and of the middle class. Tradition further hints that the name of the brother who found a home in Massachusetts was Benjamin, that he was a farmer, that he lived in Haveril, a township bordering on the south-eastern corner of New Hampshire, that he prospered there, and died respected by all who knew
James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 3: early childhood. (search)
ce of a trade his courage and timidity goes to school in Bedford a favorite among his schoolfellows-his early fondness for the village newspaper lies in ambush for the post-rider who brought it Scours the country for books project of sending him to an academy the old sea-captain Horace as a farmer's boy let us do our stint first his way of fishing. Amherst is the county town of Hillsborough, one of the three counties of New Hampshire which are bounded on the South by the State of Massachusetts. It is forty-two miles north-west of Boston. The village of Amherst is a pleasant place. Seen from the summit of a distant hill, it is a white dot in the middle of a level plain, encircled by cultivated and gently-sloping hills. On a nearer approach the traveler perceives that it is a cluster of white houses, looking as if they had alighted among the trees and might take to wing again. On entering it he finds himself in a very pretty village, built round an ample green and sh
James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 17: the Tribune's second year. (search)
roper insignificance. Few can have visited Niagara and left it no humbler, no graver than they came. On his return to the city, Horace Greeley subsided, with curious abruptness, into the editor of the Tribune. This note appears on the morning after his arrival: The senior editor of this paper has returned to his post, after an absence of four weeks, during which he has visited nearly one half of the counties of this State, and passed through portions of Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, etc. During this time he has written little for the Tribune save the casual and hasty letters to which his initials were subscribed; but it need hardly be said that the general course and conduct of the paper have been the same as if he had been at his post. Two deductions only from the observations he has made and the information he has gathered during his tour, will here be given. They are these: 1. The cause of Protection to Home Industry is much stronger throughout this a
James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 23: three months in Congress. (search)
ld not proceed by general consent? The Chairman replied in the affirmative. No objection was made, and Mr. Greeley proceeded. The gentleman from Massachusetts [Mr. Hudson] simply misunderstood only one thing. He states me to have urged the considerations which he urged to me. He urged these considerations—and I thinMr. Greeley. I did vote against it. I did not vote for it, because I did not choose to have some sort of gentlemen on this floor hawk at me. The gentleman from Massachusetts [Mr. Hudson] submitted considerations to me of which I admitted the force. I admit them now; I admit that the House was justifiable in voting for this approprand what I said in conversation. The conversation to which the gentleman from Wisconsin [Mr. Darling] refers is doubtless the same of which the gentleman from Massachusetts [Mr. Hudson] has spoken. Mr. G. having concluded— On motion of Mr. Vinton, the Committee rose and reported the bill to the House, with sundry amendme