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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 2: the Worcester period (search)
, 1854 Mary groans in spirit over Bab's dashing and vehement mode of life. She herself, like Lowell's charming picture of President Kirkland, belongs to a past age of quiet and finds no home here;id. On Dr. Holmes's left was Whittier, next, Professor Stowe, opposite me, while Mrs. S. was on Lowell's right at the other end. By this lady's special stipulation the dinner was teetotal, which cnt I can think of, to Lowell, whom you liked so much; I should except personal appearances, for Lowell's brow and eyes are Apollo-like, while all Holmes's face is small in outline and expression, thoe was wondering that it did not arrive. Fields's taste is very good and far less crotchety than Lowell's, who strained at gnats and swallowed camels, and Fields is always casting about for good thingits strong emancipatory pieces, and they are amazed that the Atlantic should not have got beyond Lowell's timid Self-possession. For the Atlantic to speak only once in three months, and then against
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter army life and camp drill (search)
owards a bolder anti-slavery policy, and it was foreseen that several defeats would be needed to bring us to that. The desideratum is to approach a policy of emancipation by stages so clear and irresistible as to retain for that end an united public sentiment. With the aid of favoring circumstances I think this possible, and events seem to me fortunate or otherwise in proportion as they tend this way. September 6 Yesterday General Butler made a speech here unexpectedly on his way to Lowell; I did not hear it, but it was said to be very bold and radical; saying especially that wherever our armies went they must carry Freedom with them, since it was absurd to fight to give the benefit of our institutions to those who do not desire them (the masters) and not to those who do (the slaves). How wonderfully the Hatteras affair has set that man up again — and indeed the nation. November 1, 1861 You will never take a hopeful view of anything, I see, till you give up that unfortuna