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The Daily Dispatch: September 2, 1861., [Electronic resource] 4 0 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 4 0 Browse Search
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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 4. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier) 2 0 Browse Search
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Cambridge sketches (ed. Estelle M. H. Merrill) 2 0 Browse Search
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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, C. P. Cranch. (search)
erature. C. P. Cranch was affected by it, as Emerson, Longfellow and even Hawthorne, were affectedhowever, did not take place at once, and when Emerson's Nature was published, Cranch was at first r and grow in the sunshine. In another sketch Emerson and Margaret Fuller were represented driving d; but he did not long continue to caricature Emerson. His first volume of poetry, published in 1844, was dedicated to Emerson, and in Dwight's Translations from Goethe and Schiller, there are a nuLongfellow, but in thought they are more like Emerson or Goethe. Consider this opening from The risent one of his own paintings as a present to Emerson in order to renew their early acquaintance. Emerson responded to it by a characteristic note, in which he said that his son and daughter, who w true greatness from the spurious commodity. Emerson considered his varied accomplishments his wor live. Men of great force, like Macaulay and Emerson, who impress their personality on the times i[1 more...]
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, T. G. Appleton. (search)
September morning at the Isles of Shoals, and at the conclusion she remarked: If that could only be read every year in our public schools it might do the American people some good. As compared with this, the sonnet on Pompeii has the effect of a strong complementary color, --for instance, like orange against dark blue. It echoes the pathetic reverie that we feel on beholding the monuments of the mighty past. It contains not the pathos of yesterday, nor of a hundred years ago, but as Emerson says, of the time out of mind. Pompeii. The silence there was what most haunted me. Long, speechless streets, whose stepping-stones invite Feet which shall never come; to left and right Gay colonnades and courts,--beyond, the glee, Heartless, of that forgetful Pagan sea. O'er roofless homes and waiting streets, the light Lies with a pathos sorrowfuler than night. Fancy forbids this doom of Life with Death Wedded; and with a wand restores the Life. The jostling throngs swarm, animate,
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Doctor Holmes. (search)
ss the daring spirit of innovation with which Emerson startled and convinced his contemporaries. Hovements of his time. Certain old friends of Emerson affirmed, when Holmes published his biographyt no one else was so much given to jesting as Emerson in his younger days. This may have been true; but it is also undeniable that Emerson himself had changed much during that time, and that the soready composed one of the fairest tributes to Emerson's intellectual quality that has yet been writ Born to unlock the secrets of the skies. Emerson began his course in direct apposition to the attracted by him. It modified its course, and Emerson also modified his, so that the final reconcilker's the other day where Governor Andrew and Emerson, and various unknown dingy-linened friends ofto the Liberal Fraternity. They then invited Emerson, Henry James, Sr., Doctor Holmes, and Colonelor it; and if he deserved it on that account, Emerson and Hawthorne certainly deserved it much more[2 more...]
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Frank W. Bird, and the Bird Club. (search)
his audiences, and strove to bring them round to his own opinion. He was as single-minded as Emerson or Lincoln. In November, 1862, Emerson said to me: I came from Springfield the other day in thEmerson said to me: I came from Springfield the other day in the train with your father's friend, Frank Bird, and I like him very much. I often see his name signed to newspaper letters, and in future I shall always read them. Strangely enough, a few days later I was dining with Mr. Bird and he referred to the same incident. When I informed him that Emerson had also spoken of it he seemed very much pleased. If any one paid him a compliment or expressedsses of that time, but his personal friends, Sumner, Wilson, and Frank Bird himself. In 1872 Emerson said to a member of the club: I do not like William Robinson. His hand is against every man ; ul if Robinson ever published so hard a criticism of any person, and certainly none so unjust. Emerson without being aware of it was strongly influenced by a cabal for the overthrow of Robinson, in
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Sumner. (search)
r an introductory address without a rival in Boston. Hillard was at heart as anti-slavery as Sumner, and his wife had even assisted fugitive slaves, but he was swathed in the bands of fashionable society, and he lacked the courage to break loose from them. He adhered to the Whigs and was relegated to private life. They parted without acrimony, and Sumner never failed to do his former friend a service when he found an opportunity. His difference with Felton was of a more serious kind. Emerson, perhaps, judged Felton too severely,--a man of ardent temperament who was always in danger of saying more than he intended. Sumner's election to the Senate was a chance in ten thousand. It is well known that at first he declined to be a candidate. He did not think he was fitted for the position, and when Caleb Gushing urged him to court the favor of fortune he said: I will not leave my chair to become United States Senator. Whatever vanity there might be in the man, he was entirely
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Chevalier Howe. (search)
particularly charming and attractive. He exemplified the lines in Emerson's Wood-notes : Grave, chaste, contented though retired, And ofoften resulted in the hypocritical sort. He complained of this in Emerson's teaching, which he thought led his readers to scrutinize themselosely as well as to be too censorious of others; and he respected Emerson more for his manly attitude on the Kansas question than for anythiral struggle, a conflict of historical forces; and neither Lowell, Emerson, nor Whittier expressed this so fully and with such depth of feeli seriousness of expression. Although she studied Spinoza, admired Emerson, and attended meetings of the Radical Club on Chestnut Street, sheccasion, when a member of the club said that he was prepared, like Emerson, to accept the universe, Mrs. Howe interposed with the remark thatuniverse; she was not aware that the universe had been offered to Emerson. She said this because Margaret Fuller was a woman. Once, when
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The War Governor. (search)
r. Clarke desired to exchange with Theodore Parker, but older members of his parish strenuously opposed it. Andrew, then only twenty-seven years old, came forward in support of his pastor, and argued the case vigorously, not because he agreed with Parker's theological opinions, but because he considered the opposition illiberal. After this both Andrew and Clarke would seem to have become gradually more conservative, for when the latter delivered a sermon or lecture in 1866 in opposition to Emerson's philosophy, the ex-Governor printed a public letter requesting him to repeat it. It is easy to trace the influence of James Freeman Clarke in Governor Andrew's religious opinions and Andrew's influence on Rev. Mr. Clarke's politics. Each was a firm believer in the other. The movement to supersede Sumner with Andrew as United States Senator, in 1869, originated in what is called the Back Bay district. It was not because they loved Andrew there, but because they hated Sumner, who repre
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Emerson's tribute to George L. Stearns. (search)
Emerson's tribute to George L. Stearns. Delivered in the First Parish Church of Medford on the Sunday following Major Stearns's death, April 9, 1867. We do not know how to prize good men until they depart. High virtue has such an air of nature and necessity that to thank its possessor would be to praise the water for flowing or the fire for warming us. But, on the instant of their death, we wonder at our past insensibility, when we see how impossible it is to replace them. There wis name in exceptional honor. And there is to my mind somewhat so absolute in the action of a good man, that we do not, in thinking of him, so much as make any question of the future. For the Spirit of the Universe seems to say: He has done well; is not that saying all? This monograph was printed in the Boston Commonwealth, April 20, 1867, and has never been republished. It is exceptional in Emerson's writings as the account of a man with whom he was personally and intimately acquainted.
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Elizur Wright (search)
ge to Fitchburg, and on his return held a long conversation with a fellow-passenger, a tall, slender young man with aquiline features, who gave his name as Ralph Waldo Emerson. Mr. Wright found him an exceedingly interesting gentleman, but of so fragile an appearance that it seemed impossible that he should live many years. From this time the paths of these two young scholars diverged. Emerson became an idealist and an ethical reformer. Elizur Wright became a realist and a political reformer. Realism seems to belong to the soil of Ohio. Ill health came next in turn, a natural consequence of his severe life at Yale College. He was obliged to leavecuous trait was generosity. He lived for the world and not for himself. He was a man of broad views and great designs; a daring, original thinker. He respected Emerson, but preferred the philosophy of John Stuart Mill, from the study of which he became an advocate of free trade and woman suffrage. He died November 21, 1885, i
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Dr. W. T. G. Morton (search)
d the same verdict rendered as before. Doctor Jackson then carried his case to the Boston Academy of Arts and Sciences, when Professor Agassiz asked him the pertinent question: But, Doctor Jackson, did you make one little experiment? adding drily, after receiving a negative reply: It would have been better if you had. It is to be regretted that Doctor Jackson should have attacked Doctor Morton's private life (which appears to have been fully as commendable as his own), and also that R. W. Emerson should have entered the lists in favor of his brother-in-law. In one of his later books Emerson designates Doctor Jackson as the discoverer of etherization. This was setting his own judgment above that of the legal and medical professions, and even above the French Academy; but Emerson had lived so long in intuitions and poetical concepts that he was not a fairly competent person to judge of a matter of fact. It is doubtful if he made use of the inductive method of reasoning during h
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