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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, VII: the free church (search)
r, almost white; looks 55. He has very little English hoarseness or awkward breadth of voice; a very good voice and enunciation; and no hauteur or coldness; was laboriously anxious to show me that he meant me no discourtesy by refusing our offer. He adds that Thackeray's greatest desire in this country was to see Theodore Parker. A saving quality through life was Mr. Higginson's keen sense of the ludicrous. He wrote to his Aunt Nancy:— Worcester, June 29, 1858. I spoke in Springfield on Sunday, to the Spiritualists so called. My name was paraded in the streets in the largest capitals I ever had as the Rev. T. W. H. the eminent clergyman, popular author (!!) and eloquent lecturer. Directly over it were the remains of a theatrical handbill in large letters The Fool of the family. Describing a pilgrimage of young men to Concord, he says:— No one had any acquaintance with Mr. Emerson except a certain Frank Sanborn, a remarkable young poetic youth, formerly far
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XVI: the crowning years (search)
December 1st he recorded, My office of Military and Naval Historian expired, much to my satisfaction, after seven years and four months. An extension of a year's time without compensation was however granted at Colonel Higginson's request, and the History was satisfactorily completed. These fragments from the diary after his recovery show the continued activity:— Oct. 20, 1897. Evening presided at Anthony Hope Hawkins's reading. Had him here afterwards. Feb. 12, 1898. Springfield. Spoke at Lincoln dinner after half hour's reception to 100 men. March 9. Spent morning at State House—outrageous bill against Sunday Concerts. May 31, 1900. Evening, Boer meeting and presided. Got through well, though voice not strong. The three Boer envoys unusually fine looking men. This was a meeting at Faneuil Hall where envoys from the Boer Republic presented their side of the South African trouble with England. From a newspaper account of a similar meeting in Worces