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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 1: Cambridge and Newburyport (search)
mean to execute it and wished accordingly to get rid of me, but I do not think so now. It can be executed, but it is no slight thing. Forty millions of capital to contend with (he probably included distillers). July 18. Marshal Tukey told our Temperance men that in the course of that interview he went out and into the Mayor's [Quincy] room and mentioned to him that I was there. Let him go to the Devil — don't have anything to do with him, was the answer. Also from the journal: February 29 (1852) Ellery said: There was no electricity in that lecture of Emerson's on Economy — it was dull. No weather in it, no outdoors. Emerson has no love of beauty or knowledge of it -he gave it all up after he wrote Nature --he is all humanitarianism — he is every shrewd Yankee merchant-that's what he is. He saw early that he must have a system if he wanted to make any impression — everybody was unsettled and he must be fixed. In fact (he went on, sitting on the foots