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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 9: (search)
It is truly a grief to us; and I do not feel sure you had a right to make it so heavy; and yet I would not, for much, part with one of the kind phrases that constitute its weight. The fact is, we have talked a great deal about another visit to Ireland, which with us is another name for Edgeworthtown. When we first had the happiness of seeing you, we felt pretty sure of it; for we thought then we should remain four years in Europe. But of late we have changed our purpose. Mrs. Ticknor, for who have taken a house for a few weeks to enjoy London, and from the pretty Mrs. Milman, whose kind and urgent invitations to dinner we were really sorry to refuse. After they were gone we went to visit Lady Mulgrave, who is just arrived from Ireland . . . . . She is fair, fat, and forty, I should think; but she has a certain sort of beauty still, most sweet and winning manners, and a great deal of tact and intelligence. She is fit to be a queen, every inch. Indeed, all these Ravensworths
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 11: (search)
ters, and I might have added to them the Repeal movement; for, though that has been almost as exclusively an Irish affair, in the United States, as it has been in Ireland, it may still serve to show how intimate are the bonds that connect the two sides of the world together. But perhaps small matters will show this even more plainan by the flood that bears us along, as if we were only a part of it. For instance, there is mesmerism. You are all astir with that in England, and I dare say in Ireland. Well, we reprint Miss Martineau's brochures, and read them, perhaps, as much as you do. We have, too, our great mesmerizers, and our great phreno-mesmerizers, s. . . and another from Miss Edgeworth,—aged eighty-one,—written with the freshness of forty. All I hear makes me anxious for England, and almost in despair about Ireland. Indeed, all Europe seems to have a troubled mist hanging over it; but the people of the world, I trust, have gained some of the wisdom which Cowper wished for t
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 14: (search)
in the valley of the Mississippi the preponderating power in the American Union, but you are making them the granary of the world, more than ever Egypt or Sicily was to Rome. So interchangeably are the different parts of Christendom connected, and so certainly are the fates and fortunes of each, in one way or another, dependent on the condition of the whole. The war in the Crimea raises the price of land in Ohio. A salutary movement to protect our own institutions checks emigration from Ireland and Germany. The influence of the Know Nothings is felt in Wurtemberg; the Proletaires of Paris enrich the farmers in Illinois, of whose existence they never heard. The law or the legislation to restrain the use of all intoxicating drinks, by prohibiting the sale of them under severe penalties and by declaring them to be no longer property when so offered for sale, is found ineffectual. It will be abandoned in the course of the coming winter in all, or nearly all the States where it ha
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 23: (search)
f Miles Byrne, which came, I suppose, from you or from Lady Lyell, at the same time, is as different from your book as one book can well be from another. Of this, too, I have read only the larger half, and am still going on with it. It seems to have, everywhere, the impress of truth upon it, and so it must be among the safe memoires pour servir. But then the infinite details, which contribute to give it this character, are very confusing. A man ought to know the topography of the parts of Ireland to which it refers, as he knows that of his own village, and have heard all about its people and their nicknames. To one conclusion, however, we fairly come, from the first volume of the brave old soldier, and that is the one he would be most anxious about; I mean, how cruelly and wickedly the Irish of that period were treated by the British government. Much of what I have read comes to me with great force, now that we are in the midst of a civil war ourselves. How we get on you can ju
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), chapter 30 (search)
821-35. Life in Boston, labors in his professorship, activity in charitable and educational movements, 334-402. 1823-27. Efforts for reform in Harvard College, pamphlet on changes in college, 353-39. 1824. Writes Life of Lafayette, 344; winter in Washington and Virginia, 346-351. 1826 Examiner at West Point, 372-376; writes Memoir of N. A. Haven, 377. 1834. Death of his only son, 398. 1835. Resignation of professorship, 399; second visit to Europe, 402-511, II. 1-183. 1835-36. England, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, I. 402-456; winter in Dresden, 456-492; Berlin, Bohemia, 493-511. 1836-37. Austria, Bavaria, Switzerland, Italy, II. 1-58, winter in Rome, 58-86. 1837-38. Italy, Tyrol, Bavaria, Heidelberg, 87-101; winter in Paris, 102-143; London and Scotland, 144-183; return to America, 183, 184. 1838-56. Life in Boston, 184-311; summers at Woods' Hole, 187, 208-210; journeys, 221. 222; Geneseo, 225; journeys, 226-228; Manchester, Mass., 239, 268; journeys and Lake George, 277, 281, 28