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of this hemisphere which corresponds in latitude to Europe—should have intrenched itself, in both hemispheres, in similar regions of latitude, so that Virginia, Carolina, Mississippi, and Missouri are the American complement to Morocco, Algiers, Tripoli, and Tunis. But there is one important point in the parallel which remains to be fulfilled. The barbarous Emperor of Morocco, in the words of a treaty, so long ago as the last century, declared his desire that the odious name of Slavery might be effaced from the memory of men; while Algiers, Tripoli, and Tunis, whose tenacity for the Barbarism was equalled only by that of South Carolina, have renounced it one after another, and delivered it over to the indignation of mankind. Following this example, the parallel will be complete, and our Barbary will become the complement in Freedom to the African Barbary, as it has already been its complement in Slavery, and is unquestionably its complement in geographical character. Thus, sir
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 1, Colonial and Revolutionary Literature: Early National Literature: Part I (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Chapter 6: fiction I — Brown, Cooper. (search)
ept pace with new follies. Smollett had something to do with another novel which, though less read than Modern Chivalry, deserves mention with it, The Algerine Captive (1797) of Royall Tyler, poet, wit, playwright, and jurist. See also Book I, Chap. IX and Book II, Chaps. II. The first volume has some entertaining though not subtle studies of American manners; the second, a tale of six years captivity in Algiers, belongs with the many books and pamphlets called forth by the war with Tripoli. See also Book II, Chap. III. Historically important is the preface, which declared that the American taste for novels had grown in the past seven years from apathy to a general demand. Apparently the time was slowly ripening to the point at which taste begins to support those who gratify it, and it is notable that the first American to make authorship his sole career had already decided for fiction. Charles Brockden Brown came of good Quaker stock long settled in Pennsylvania, wher
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 20: Italy.—May to September, 1839.—Age, 28. (search)
Holland. She died in 1845. Mr. Milnes (Lord Houghton) gave Sumner a letter of introduction to her. had retired to Albano, where she invited me to visit her: I did not go. Others had fled in different directions. In Florence, the Marquesa Lenzonis Medicis—the last of this great family—invited me to her soirees:I went to one. The Marquis Strozzi called upon me: I had not the grace to return his call. The Count Graberg 1776-1847; a distinguished geographer, at one time Swedish Consul in Tripoli; author of an historical essay on the Scalds and ancient Scandinavian poets. called upon me repeatedly: I called upon him once, &c. In Venice, I have letters to some of the first people: I shall not disturb them in my portfolio. With the little time that I have, I cannot embarrass myself with the etiquette of calls and society. The hot months passed quickly in Rome. My habits were simple. Rose at half past 6 o'clock, threw myself on my sofa, with a little round table near, well-covered
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 5. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Tales and Sketches (search)
er on the river-side, and he did not come back. And another year passed, and then the old sailors and fishermen shook their heads solemnly, and said that the Lively Turtle was a lost ship, and would never come back to port. And poor Anna had her bombazine gown dyed black, and her straw bonnet trimmed in mourning ribbons, and thenceforth she was known only as the Widow Matson. And how was it all this time with David himself? Now you must know that the Mohammedan people of Algiers and Tripoli, and Mogadore and Sallee, on the Barbary coast, had been for a long time in the habit of fitting out galleys and armed boats to seize upon the merchant vessels of Christian nations, and make slaves of their crews and passengers, just as men calling themselves Christians in America were sending vessels to Africa to catch black slaves for their plantations. The Lively Turtle fell into the hands of one of these sea-robbers, and the crew were taken to Algiers, and sold in the market place as s
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 2: birth, childhood, and youth (search)
Longfellow and his young wife lived for a time in a brick house built by General Wadsworth in Portland, and still known as the Longfellow house; but it was during a temporary residence of the family at the house of Samuel Stephenson, whose wife was a sister of Stephen Longfellow, that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born. He was the second son, and was named for an uncle, Henry Wadsworth, a young naval lieutenant, who was killed in 1804 by the explosion of a fire-ship, before the walls of Tripoli. The Portland of 1807 was, according to Dr. Dwight,—who served as a sort of travelling inspector of the New England towns of that period,—beautiful and brilliant; but the blight of the Embargo soon fell upon it. The town needed maritime defences in the war of 1812, and a sea-fight took place off the coast, the British brig Boxer being captured during the contest by the Enterprise, and brought into Portland harbor in 1813. All this is beautifully chronicled in the poem My Lost Youth: — I <
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Appendix I: Genealogy (search)
ege, of which he was a Trustee for nineteen years. In 1834 he was elected President of the Maine Historical Society. He died in 1849, highly respected for his integrity, public spirit, hospitality, and generosity. In 1804 he had married Zilpah, daughter of General Peleg Wadsworth, of Portland. Of their eight children, Henry Wadsworth was the second. He was named for his mother's brother, a gallant young lieutenant in the Navy, who on the night of September 4, 1804, gave his life before Tripoli in the war with Algiers. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born on the 27th February, 1807; graduated at Bowdoin College in 1825; in 1829 was appointed Professor of Modern Languages in the same college; was married in 1831 to Mary Storer Potter (daughter of Barrett Potter of Portland), who died in 1835; in 1836 was appointed Professor of Modern Languages and Belles-Lettres in Harvard College, which office he held till 1854. He was again married in July, 1843, to Frances Elizabeth Appleton, d
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Index (search)
er, 109, 111; Longfellow's letters to, 129, 130,148, 169-171. Thierry, Amedee S. D., 193. Thomson, James, 8. Thoreau, Henry D., 133, 271, 285; his definition of poetry, 277. Thorp, John G., 215. Ticknor, Prof., George, 57, 71, 75, 85, 86, 112, 153; Longfellow dines with, 45, 46; resigns from Harvard College, 84; attracted by Longfellow's translations, 87; elective system tried by, 178. Token, the, 72-74. Tolstoi, Count, 197. Tours, 48. Treadwell, Prof., Daniel, 214. Tripoli, 14. Trumbull, John, 23. Turgenieff, Ivan S., resembled Longfellow in looks, 282. Tyrol, the, 113. Uhland, Johann L., 161, 219; his Das Gluck von Edenhall, mentioned, 149. United States, 116, 240, 250, 251, 255; Sumner elected to Senate of, 186. University Hall, Cambridge, 176. Upsala, University of, 97. Van Winkle, C. S., 69. Vassall, Col., John, 116. Venice, 223, 286. Vere, Aubrey de, 141. Vere, Schele de, 204. Vevey, 241. Victoria, Queen, 118, 221. Virg
Telegraphic items. By way of Nashville, Tenn., we have the following: From Washington. Washington, June 21.--Wm. Porter Miles, of Louisiana, is appointed Consul to Tripoli. A battle between McDowell's division and the Southerners at Vienna is deemed inevitable to-morrow. It is now evident that the main blow of the Federals will be struck from Washington with 45,000 men. There is surprise in some quarters that Gen, Scott does not prevent the erection of batteries at various points on the right bank of the Potomac. Washington,June 22.--A requisition will be sent to Indiana for four additional regiments. It is believed that the Government here will not interfere with the due course of law in the case of the privateer Savannah. The case of the condemned schooner Tropic Wind will probably be appealed to the United States Court. It is said that Crittenden will offer his compromise to Congress, coupled with a threat of the secession of Kentucky
been set free by the judgment of the Court of Queen's Bench, which altogether refused to recognize the imprisoning authority of the House of Keys. A farmer near Dorchester has now the enormous number of 3,000 pigs. He breeds and purchases to keep up his stock. One week he bought 600 pigs. They are fed partly on wheat. The Jews of Tunis have given £ 4,000 for four vessels to take themselves and families away--one of the vessels to go to Marseilles, two to Malts, and the other to Tripoli. A copy of the first edition of Shakespeare's works was sold this week for £ 53. By way of contrast, we may mention that an enterprising publisher is issuing Shakespeare's plays at two for a penny. A celebrated character died at Innspruck recently, Cugeton Swith, aged 79. He was an intimate friend of Hofer, and was a famous guerrilla chief himself. The University of Berlin has now, for the first time, advanced a Jew to the grade of doctor-in law; he is a Russian subject, na
A Long Absent Petersburg Heard From. Mr. Marcus Gaines, a well-known citizen of Petersburg of former days, but who has been absent since 1849, has been heard from within the last two or three days, after a silence of some years. Mr. Gaines was appointed United States Consul, under Polk's administration, to Tripoli. He was retained in this official capacity through the succeeding administrations down to that of the late President Lincoln, when he was either relieved or resigned. He is at present holding the position of electrician on the sub-marine telegraph line between Malta and Alexandria.--Petersburg Express.
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