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James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 6: apprenticeship. (search)
f Saratoga his manners at the table becomes the town Encyclopedia the doctor's story recollections of one of his fellow apprentices Horace's favorite poets politics of the time the anti-mason excitement the Northern Spectator stops the apprentice is Free. East Poultney is not, decidedly not, a place which a traveler if, by any extraordinary chance, a traveler should ever visit it would naturally suspect of a newspaper. But, in one of the most densely-populated parts of the city of New York, there is a field! —a veritable, indubitable field, with a cow in it, a rough wooden fence around it, and a small, low, wooden house in the middle of it, where an old gentleman lives, who lived there when all was rural around him, and who means to live there all his days, pasturing his cow and raising his potatoes on ground which he could sell—but won—at a considerable number of dollars per foot. The field in the metropolis we can account for. But that a newspaper should ever have been<
James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 7: he wanders. (search)
Chapter 7: he wanders. Horace leaves Poultney his first overcoat home to his father's Log House ranges the country for work the sore leg cured gets employment, but little money Astonishes the draught players goes to Erie, Pa. interview with an editor becomes a journeyman in the office description of Erie the Lake his generosity to his father his New clothes no more work at Erie starts for New-York. Well, Horace, and where are you going now? asked the kind landlady of the tavern, as Horace, a few days after the closing of the printing-office, appeared on the piazza, equipped for the road— i. e., with his jacket on, and with his bundle and his stick in his hand. I am going, was the prompt and sprightly answer, to Pennsylvania, to see my father, and there I shall stay till my leg gets well. With these words, Horace laid down the bundle and the stick, and took a seat for the last time on that piazza, the scene of many a peaceful triumph, where, as Poli
James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 8: arrival in New York. (search)
at move out into the stream. He, therefore, took passage in a tow-boat which started at ten o'clock on the same morning. At sunrise on Friday, the eighteenth of August, 1831, Horace Greeley landed at Whitehall, close to the Battery, in the city of New York. New York was, and is, a city of adventurers. Few of our eminent citizens were born here. It is a common boast among New Yorkers, that this great merchant and that great millionaire came to the city a ragged boy, with only three and sixsending him abruptly away, he consented to let him try. Fix up a case for him, said he, and we'll see if he can do anything. In a few minutes Horace was at work. The gentleman to whose intercession Horace Greeley owed his first employment in New-York is now known to all the dentists in the Union as the leading member of a firm which manufactures annually twelve hundred thousand artificial teeth. He has made a fortune, the reader will be glad to learn, and lives in a mansion up town. Afte
James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 10: the first penny paper—and who thought of it. (search)
rst seventy years of the Republic is likely to exert the greatest and most lasting influence upon its future history? Surely, he will not pause long for a reply. For, there is one event, which stands out so prominently beyond and above all others, the consequences of which, to this country and all other countries, must be so immense, and, finally, so beneficial, that no other can be seriously placed in competition with it. It was the establishment of the first penny daily paper in the city of New York in the year 1833. Its results, in this country, have already been wonderful indeed, and it is destined to play a great part in the history of every civilized nation, and in that of every nation yet to be civilized. Not that Editors are, in all cases, or in most, the wisest of men; not that editorial writing has a greater value than hasty composition in general. Editors are a useful, a laborious, a generous, an honorable class of men and women, and their writings have their due eff
James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 15: starts the Tribune. (search)
which he was not confident of being able to discharge. In other words, his credit was good. He had talent and experience. Add to these a thousand dollars lent him by a friend, (Dudley S. Gregory,) and the evident need there was of just such a paper as the Tribune proved to be, and we have the capital upon which the Tribune started. All told, it was equivalent to a round fifty thousand dollars. In the present year, 1855, there are two hundred and three periodicals published in the city of New York, of which twelve are daily-papers. In the year 1841, the number of periodicals was one hundred, and the number of daily papers twelve. The Courier and Enquirer, New York American, Express, and Commercial Advertiser were Whig papers, at ten dollars a year. The Evening Post and Journal of Commerce, at the same price, leaned to the Democratic side of politics, the former avowedly, the latter not. The Signal, Tatler, and Star were cheap papers, the first two neutral, the latter dubious.
James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 23: three months in Congress. (search)
ndividual, perhaps the thing, that penned that article was not aware that his (Mr. T.'s) portion of the country was not cut up by railroads and traveled by stage-coaches and other direct means of public conveyance, like the omnibuses in the City of New York, between all points; they had no other channel of communication except the mighty lakes or the rivers of the West; he could not get here in any other way. The law on the subject of Mileage authorized the members to charge upon the most direcion with another gentleman—a member of the House—whose name I do not recollect. I heard him (Mr. G.) say he justified the appropriation for the books to the members, on the ground of their diffusing general information. He said that in the City of New York he knew of no place where he could go to obtain the information contained in these books; that although it was supposed that in that place the sources of information were much greater than in almost any other portion of the country, he would
James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 27: recently. (search)
plenty our bounteous, beneficent Earth. The portion of the broad, still country alluded to in this eloquent passage, is a farm of fifty acres in Westchester county, near Newcastle, close to the Harlem railroad, thirty-four miles from the city of New York. Thither the tired editor repairs every Saturday morning by an early train, and there he remains directing and assitting in the labors of the farm for that single day only, returning early enough on Sunday to hear the flowing rhetoric of Mrs of Mr. Greeley's ownership. What it was when he bought it may be partly inferred from another passage of the same address: I once went to look at a farm of fifty acres that I thought of buying for a summer home, some forty miles from the city of New York. The owner had been born on it, as I believe had his father before him; but it yielded only a meager subsistence for his family, and he thought of selling and going West. I went over it with him late in June, passing through a well-filled