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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Chevalier Howe. (search)
particularly charming and attractive. He exemplified the lines in Emerson's Wood-notes : Grave, chaste, contented though retired, And ofoften resulted in the hypocritical sort. He complained of this in Emerson's teaching, which he thought led his readers to scrutinize themselosely as well as to be too censorious of others; and he respected Emerson more for his manly attitude on the Kansas question than for anythiral struggle, a conflict of historical forces; and neither Lowell, Emerson, nor Whittier expressed this so fully and with such depth of feeli seriousness of expression. Although she studied Spinoza, admired Emerson, and attended meetings of the Radical Club on Chestnut Street, sheccasion, when a member of the club said that he was prepared, like Emerson, to accept the universe, Mrs. Howe interposed with the remark thatuniverse; she was not aware that the universe had been offered to Emerson. She said this because Margaret Fuller was a woman. Once, when
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The War Governor. (search)
r. Clarke desired to exchange with Theodore Parker, but older members of his parish strenuously opposed it. Andrew, then only twenty-seven years old, came forward in support of his pastor, and argued the case vigorously, not because he agreed with Parker's theological opinions, but because he considered the opposition illiberal. After this both Andrew and Clarke would seem to have become gradually more conservative, for when the latter delivered a sermon or lecture in 1866 in opposition to Emerson's philosophy, the ex-Governor printed a public letter requesting him to repeat it. It is easy to trace the influence of James Freeman Clarke in Governor Andrew's religious opinions and Andrew's influence on Rev. Mr. Clarke's politics. Each was a firm believer in the other. The movement to supersede Sumner with Andrew as United States Senator, in 1869, originated in what is called the Back Bay district. It was not because they loved Andrew there, but because they hated Sumner, who repre
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Emerson's tribute to George L. Stearns. (search)
Emerson's tribute to George L. Stearns. Delivered in the First Parish Church of Medford on the Sunday following Major Stearns's death, April 9, 1867. We do not know how to prize good men until they depart. High virtue has such an air of nature and necessity that to thank its possessor would be to praise the water for flowing or the fire for warming us. But, on the instant of their death, we wonder at our past insensibility, when we see how impossible it is to replace them. There wis name in exceptional honor. And there is to my mind somewhat so absolute in the action of a good man, that we do not, in thinking of him, so much as make any question of the future. For the Spirit of the Universe seems to say: He has done well; is not that saying all? This monograph was printed in the Boston Commonwealth, April 20, 1867, and has never been republished. It is exceptional in Emerson's writings as the account of a man with whom he was personally and intimately acquainted.
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Elizur Wright (search)
ge to Fitchburg, and on his return held a long conversation with a fellow-passenger, a tall, slender young man with aquiline features, who gave his name as Ralph Waldo Emerson. Mr. Wright found him an exceedingly interesting gentleman, but of so fragile an appearance that it seemed impossible that he should live many years. From this time the paths of these two young scholars diverged. Emerson became an idealist and an ethical reformer. Elizur Wright became a realist and a political reformer. Realism seems to belong to the soil of Ohio. Ill health came next in turn, a natural consequence of his severe life at Yale College. He was obliged to leavecuous trait was generosity. He lived for the world and not for himself. He was a man of broad views and great designs; a daring, original thinker. He respected Emerson, but preferred the philosophy of John Stuart Mill, from the study of which he became an advocate of free trade and woman suffrage. He died November 21, 1885, i
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Dr. W. T. G. Morton (search)
d the same verdict rendered as before. Doctor Jackson then carried his case to the Boston Academy of Arts and Sciences, when Professor Agassiz asked him the pertinent question: But, Doctor Jackson, did you make one little experiment? adding drily, after receiving a negative reply: It would have been better if you had. It is to be regretted that Doctor Jackson should have attacked Doctor Morton's private life (which appears to have been fully as commendable as his own), and also that R. W. Emerson should have entered the lists in favor of his brother-in-law. In one of his later books Emerson designates Doctor Jackson as the discoverer of etherization. This was setting his own judgment above that of the legal and medical professions, and even above the French Academy; but Emerson had lived so long in intuitions and poetical concepts that he was not a fairly competent person to judge of a matter of fact. It is doubtful if he made use of the inductive method of reasoning during h
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Leaves from a Roman diary: February, 1869 (Rewritten in 1897) (search)
o beautifully? You must have been inspired. This, she said, had all the effect of flattery without being intended for it, and was so much the more mischievous. Emerson and Margaret Fuller, said Mrs. X-- , put inspiration in the place of religion. They believed that some people had direct communication with the Almighty. P — and I thought this might be true of Miss Fuller, but doubted it in Emerson's case. Miss X-- told me that she had lately ascended to the rotunda of the Capitol, from which the pope's flag flies all day, and that she had asked the Swiss guard what he would do if she hoisted the tricolor there. He replied: I should shoot you. Nothi since observed that poets as a class are not fair critics of poetry; for they are sure to prefer poetry which is like their own. This is true at least of Lowell, Emerson, or Matthew Arnold; but when I came to read The Ring and the book I found that Longfellow's objection was a valid one. I remarked that Rev. Mr. Longfellow had
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Centennial Contributions (search)
ieve that they have not been broken. The Emerson centennial: Emerson and the great poets Reyndall, the chemist, who seemed to appreciate Emerson's poetry, and few others who might be said tothe man himself. Tyndall may have recognized Emerson's keen insight for the poetry of science in s and Edwin Arnold had no very high opinion of Emerson's poetry; and even Carlyle, who was Emerson'sEmerson's best friend in Europe, spoke of it in rather a disparaging manner. The Mountain and the Squirrel similar experiences to those which developed Emerson's mind and character, and could therefore comend him better than others. We all feel that Emerson's poetry is sometimes too abstruse, especiallhuman nature; and it is in these latter that Emerson often comes close to him. Most widely known os are not exactly Dantean, but they are among Emerson's finest, and worthy of any great poet. The ne. It is still more difficult to compare Emerson with Shakespeare, for the one was Puritan wit[10 more...]
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