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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 1: Cambridge and Newburyport (search)
Sunday the sun rose triumphant, however, but what was my horror on finding a state of slosh compared to which the direst experiences of Boston, Cambridge, or Brattleboroa are peace and pavement! A few undaunted females were seen picking their way hen-like along, sadly drabbled as to skirts, while anxious men were seen in all dihia society or a day in Washington — so let fears be laid aside. [He] told us, as usual, many interesting things. He saw a good deal of the Hunt family, of Brattleboroa--Mrs. H. described to him her house-painting experiences. He thought highly of William Hunt [the artist] and told us something worth repeating. W. H. came to them as if I had heard a requiem; and henceforth Bottom is to my mind as much a creature of pathos as Ophelia. A letter written in May, 1850, was from Brattleboroa, Vermont, where a water-cure once flourished. This sheet ... is written in the pride of a half-hour before breakfast, by which you are not to infer that it is
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 2: the Worcester period (search)
verybody applauded, much to his surprise. They say his speech did more than our Convention. I had a note from Mr. Sumner the other day, who thinks that Virginia will secede, first or last, and take all the States except perhaps Maryland, which can only be held by force. If it were not for the necessity of keeping Washington and the Mississippi, it would be well to have it so, but since those must be kept, it is hard to predict the end. I think however that you need feel no anxiety in Brattleboroa; I don't think the battering-rams (of which the old lady in the Revolutionary times, according to Rose Terry, was so afraid, her only ideas of warfare being based on the Old Testament and Josephus) will get so far. And I think there is more danger of compromise than war, at any rate. I don't know whether you are aware of an impression which exists in many minds, but which I cannot attach any weight to, as yet, that the seceding States will prefer to abolish slavery, under the direction
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 3: Journeys (search)
was plunged into the Kansas troubles. The following letters to his mother explain themselves: Worcester, June 26, 1856 I have a momentary lull, having yesterday sent off my second party to Kansas. ... The first had forty-seven and our Committee will send no more, leaving it for the State Committee, which was appointed yesterday, chiefly on my urging. ... At Chicago they show an energy which disgraces us; have arrangements and men already and need only money. The night I came from Brattleboroa, Friday, we had letters from Chicago, and our Finance Committee voted them fifteen hundred dollars and voted to add three thousand dollars more, unless I could raise this second party by Wednesday, which I did. Saturday, the day after, I was sent to Boston, with the same letters, to urge the Boston Committee to send money to Chicago. With great difficulty I got five minutes each from Pat Jackson and several other merchants, and at two they came together for ten minutes and voted to send
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter army life and camp drill (search)
ustains those who wish to do right, but is not so severe on wrongdoers as if it were his own regiment. But after all, I shall be glad to find Colonel Sprague so good a disciplinarian — that being, after all, three quarters of a colonel. The captains can do the parental-at least I can — to the men; but it is absolutely necessary to have somebody overhead who will establish a uniform standard of discipline. We now have dress parade and battalion drill; of course in so military a place as Brattleboroa you know what these mean. The first is an easy form; the last is drilling as a regiment and is very interesting. After what I have learned from the books, it comes very easy, but as I command the right flank company I have to give all the nervous energy I can spare, to keep up sharply to orders often new and often inaudible; but the company now marches so well that the result is always satisfactory and we have made no bad mistakes. This week we are to have two more companies; one of
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Index. (search)
46, 157, 164 ff., 194, 199, 201, 221 ff., 224. Higginson, Mary Channing, 222, 246, 253, 257; on Quakers, 236; on housekeeping, 250, 251; death, 277. Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, returns to Cambridge, 1-5; at Newburyport, 5-43; conversation with Whittier, 7-11; on immigrants, 14; Samuel Johnson, 14-17, 51; religious ideas, 15-17; Christmas celebration, 17-19; slavery attitude, 19, 67; resignation of, 19-22; at Artichoke Mills, 22-43; at Isles of Shoals, 24-27; and Hurlbut, 29-33; at Brattleboroa, 37,38; lecturing, 38, 45, 47-50, 56-58, 66, 72, 92-102, 253; and temperance, 41, 42, 55, 56, 80; at Worcester, 44-182, 221-23; on Sir Charles Grandison, 44, 45; and H. W. Beecher, 45-48; and Samuel Longfellow, 47-49; exchanges pulpits, 51, 52, 59; and Theodore Parker, 53, 54; and Lucy Stone, 55, 59-63; and Mrs. Chapman, 68, 69; and Anthony Burns, 68, 81; and Stephen Foster, 69, 70; arrested, 70; and the Quakers, 73-77; and disunion, 77-79; and Barnum, 80, 81; and the John Browns, 77, 84-