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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, II: an old-fashioned home (search)
, one of them cried, Ask Wentworth. He probably has a list of blankets in his pocket! The older brothers, Thacher and Waldo, went to a boy's school kept by William Wells, an Englishman, in an old colonial house, still to be seen on Brattle Street (then Tory Row), Cambridge. To this school Wentworth was promoted at the age of ewith amusement the fact that the old custom of serving pudding before meat lingered there. Athletic sports, as well as the humanities, were warmly encouraged by Mr. Wells, and the afternoons spent in cricket, football, and skating on Fresh Pond were always remembered with boyish glee. After leaving the school, his brother Waldo wrote thus to the younger boy about Mr. Wells:— There are few men that I like better, and I came to this state of feelings through some hard floggings, which I am glad your better behaved shoulders have escaped. When Wentworth was nine, his mother recorded that he had read a great many books and was especially fond of natu
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XV: journeys (search)
N. H., I feel that I may have erred in wandering too far and must next year confine my sober wishes to Dublin. Ever faithfully, in any one dialect, Your Warden. A London letter written in August reports:— The Colonel and Margaret had a delightful afternoon with Swinburne. The house where he and Watts-Dunton live is full of Rossetti's pictures. Swinburne devoted himself to Margaret and showed her many treasures. The rest of our time was spent in the south of England. From Wells, Colonel Higginson went to Glastonbury partly to see Mrs. Clarke, John Bright's daughter, whom I saw in America, a strong reformer and Anti-Imperialist. At Ottery St. Mary, he enjoyed taking tea at Lord Coleridge's house which was full of interesting portraits and other memorials of the Coleridges. In Lord Coleridge, who was a radical, the American reformer found a congenial spirit. For this was at the time of the South African war and although he ordinarily felt under bonds to keep sil
ested in Simplified Spelling, 398; and socialism, 398, 399; death, 399; farewell services, 399-401. Higginson, Thomas Went worth, Post Sons of Veterans, 391, 400. Higginson, Waldo, brother of T. W. H., account of, II, 14, 40; letter about Mr. Wells, 15. Hoar, Senator George F., and Higginson's hymn, 64; at Emerson celebration, 390. Holmes, Oliver Wendell, conversation with, 159, 160. Hopper, Edward, 135. Hopper, Isaac, 135. Horder, Rev., W. Garrett, describes Higginson, 348, 34colored people, 366. Washington, D. C., plan for safety of, 203-05. Wasson, David, and T. W. Higginson, 100, 101. Webb, R. D., Higginson visits, 322. Weiss, Rev. Mr., 267. Weld, Samuel, Higginson teaches in school of, 41-46. Wells, William, his school, 14, 15. Wentworth, Sir, John, 4. Wentworth, John, Governor of New Hampshire, 3. Western Reserve University, confers degree on Col. Higginson, 377; Higginson lectures at, 382. Whitman, Walt, 336; Higginson quotes, 395.