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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 1: old Cambridge (search)
en converted into bullets for the army of the American Revolution. Holmes and Longfellow both described the place in their poems; and it is ce not merely individual writers, but literary families. The Rev. Abiel Holmes, D. D., author of The Annals of America, came to Cambridge as pys; we knew the spot where the troops had been drawn up, opposite Dr. Holmes's Old Manse, while President Langdon offered prayer, ere he dismiector, and the other to Professor Hedge, this being commemorated in Holmes's letters as held by the hands of his son Dunham, An old-fashionedan-looking one, such as Dunham used to carry his aunt home with. Holmes's Life and letters, I. p. 127. These and many other traditions f Cambridge boys threequarters of a century ago; on such traditions Holmes and Lowell were nurtured, and it was into an atmosphere full of sucbridge men of her generation I am unable to say. Certain it is that Holmes, Lowell, Story, and Hedge retained into age — except for the last f
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 3: Holmes (search)
Chapter 3: Holmes It was a favorite theory of Oliver Wendell Holmes that every man's biography should be studied for several generations before his birth. In applying this doctrine to himself I can unfortunately go no farther back than the matrimonial engagement of his parents, which was thus announced in writing by my own mother, then a schoolgirl in Boston, addressing a lady in Hingham, whom my mother, being then an orphan, called mama. Now, mama, I am going to surprise you. Mr. Abiel Holmes of Cambridge, whom we so kindly chalked out for Miss N. W. [Nancy Williams, afterward Mrs. Loammi Baldwin] is going to be married, & of all folks in the world guess who to--Miss Sally Wendell! I am sure you will not believe it, however it is an absolute fact, for Harriot and M. Jackson told Miss P. Russell so, who told us; it has been kept secret for six weeks, nobody knows for what, I could not believe it for some time & scarcely can now however it is a fact they say. Mama must pay t
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Index (search)
Lord, 192. Green, Samuel, 6. Greenwood, Isaac, 13. Griswold, R. W., 35, 160. Hale, Rev. Dr. E. E., 156. Hancock, John, 20. Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 34, 112, 113, 119, 135, 170. Hayes, Pres. R. B., 181. Hedge, Rev. Dr. F. H., 17, 25, 26, 54, 57, 59, 60, 63, 113. Hedge, J. D., 23, 24. Hedge, Prof., Levi, 14, 22, 23. Heth, Joyce, 97. Higginson, S. T., 153. Higginson, T. W., 70, 76, 81, 179, 180, 182, 183. Hildreth, Richard, 67. Hillard, G. S., 123, 128. Hoar, E. R., 34. Holmes, Rev., Abiel, 15, 75. Holmes, John, 15, 30, 166. Holmes, Mrs., Mary Jane, 98. Holmes, O. W., 11, 15, 21, 23, 24, 26, 32, 33, 36, 37, 38, 53, 58, 59, 63, 68, 69, 70; theory of biography, 75; letter about engagement of his parents, 75; his letter in reply, 76; childhood, 77-81; letter of thanks for a reminiscence of his father, 81; early manhood, 82-84; medical practice and professorship, 84; lecturing, 85; influence of Emerson, 85-86; middle life, 86; success of The Autocrat, 86-87; as a talker,