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Jamaica, L. I. (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
a degree to his sailor grandfather, but more directly to the grandparents on his mother's side. The career of his maternal grandfather, Captain Thomas Storrow of the British army, and his American wife, reads like a thrilling romance. The Grenadier, as he has been nicknamed in the family, seems to have been a gay, reckless fellow who managed to make away with his worldly possessions in early youth, partly by generously endowing his brother and sisters. He was on his way to England from Jamaica in 1777 in a vessel which was captured by a Massachusetts privateer; and the young officer of twenty-two was landed as prisoner-of-war at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Here in Tory circles, says the chronicle, he fell in love with the beautiful Anne Appleton, great-granddaughter of John Wentworth, first royal governor of New Hampshire. Captain Storrow was presently exchanged, and in spite of the bitter opposition of both families married this lovely girl of seventeen and carried her off to En
Shady Hill (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
aunt who brought me up. On her seventieth birthday, he wrote her, You seem to me no older than when I used to play with blocks upon the floor of our common chamber, or when you assisted me to insert myself for the first time in nankeen inexpressibles. Professor Charles Eliot Norton, in a letter to Colonel Higginson in 1904, says of these sisters: They [your friendly words] bring to mind my Mother's affection for your Mother, and for Aunt Nancy, who was as dear an Aunt to us children at Shady Hill as she was to you and your brothers and sisters. What dear and admirable women! What simple, happy lives they led! In their days of prosperity, the Higginsons exercised a lavish hospitality. Mrs. Higginson adapted herself readily, however, to changed fortunes, and in the companionship of her children, a large circle of friends, and many books, she passed a serene and contented life. She was a deeply religious woman and bore with fortitude the sorrows that came to her, the most bitte
Bolton (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
unately too young at that time to feel my loss much. But he took great pride in his father's useful life and especially in his close connection with the university; for not long after his financial misfortunes, Stephen Higginson was called from Bolton, where he had temporarily removed his family, to Cambridge to become the steward or bursar of Harvard College. He was deeply interested in Unitarianism and organized the Harvard Divinity School. His personal interest in the Harvard undergraduatearned feet might tend. He planted elms, but then there came a frown, And stern economy soon cast a blight. The frugal college took the lanterns down, But left the trees to flourish as they might. It was probably during the family's stay in Bolton that their acquaintance was made with Wentworth's future nurse, Rowena Houghton, who left the Higginson service to become the wife of Dexter Pratt, Longfellow's village blacksmith. From the Bolton farmhouse came the old leather fire-bucket which
South America (search for this): chapter 1
he Higginsons exercised a lavish hospitality. Mrs. Higginson adapted herself readily, however, to changed fortunes, and in the companionship of her children, a large circle of friends, and many books, she passed a serene and contented life. She was a deeply religious woman and bore with fortitude the sorrows that came to her, the most bitter of which was the fate of her son Thacher. This youth, whom Wentworth Higginson called his gayest and most frolicsome brother, went on a voyage to South America and the ship was never heard from. It was the mother's custom to retreat every evening about sunset to a certain window to write in her daily journal for her absent son. Not for many years did she give up all hope of his return, nor cease burning a nightly beacon. It would seem that those days must have been longer than ours when we read of Mrs. Higginson's daily doings. Not only did she care for a large household, entertain a great variety of visitors, walk from Cambridge to Bosto
Puritan (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
I: Inheritance Thomas Wentworth Higginson came from a race of large-minded, free-handed men. Beginning with the Reverend Francis Higginson, of Puritan fame, and coming down through the line of his descendants, we see a striking repetition of certain traits and habits. Confining ourselves, for instance, to the successive Stephen Higginsons, born in Salem,— Wentworth Higginson's father, grandfather, and great-grandfather,—we find them all upright and fearless, actively interested in the general welfare, leaders in public affairs, and extending a ready and never empty hand to the unfortunate. They were bred to mercantile life, and two of the three met with various reverses in fortune, which never embittered their lives or made them less philanthropic. Stephen, the grandfather, having married at the age of twenty, and finding his income not sufficient for family needs, embarked upon the seas, commanding one of his father's ships at twenty-one. He continued a bold and successfu
Louisa, Ky. (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
at once ejected from her house. The Grenadier's wife then rose up in her wrath and expressed her indignation in such forcible terms that her persecutors succumbed to her eloquence—restored her cattle, and allowed her to remain temporarily in the house. Her husband, to do him justice, was always her ardent lover, and his dying words were, Nancy, you are an angel! The first son born to the Storrows was Thomas Wentworth, for whom the subject of this memoir was named. The second daughter, Louisa, mother of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, inherited the strong character and sound common sense with the grace and charm of Anne Appleton. Left an orphan at an early age, she was received as an adopted daughter into the family of Stephen Higginson. She wrote in 1832, recalling her early life: When I was fourteen years of age, he [Mr. Higginson] returned from Europe, and I shall never forget the first meeting I had with him—he was then about thirty—in the prime of his beauty, which was the<
Halifax (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 1
with an heiress whose estate marched with her own, had no fancy for a penniless American bride. The chilly atmosphere of this English home soon drove forth the pleasureloving captain, and the homesick child-wife beguiled her solitary hours, both here and in other lonely places in which she was stranded in later years, by reading and study. Life for this wandering couple was a constant kaleidoscope. At one time, Mrs. Storrow was the centre of attraction in the gay and corrupt society of Halifax where her cousin, Sir John Wentworth, was high in power; and again she was undergoing great suffering and hardship imposed by the fortunes of war. That she was a spirited lady we may judge from a letter to her sister, in which she speaks thus of a certain arbitrary brother in whose house she had been staying: I had rather live with a Hottentot just escaped from the Caffres coast! Another instance of this quality occurred after the couple had made their home on the island of Campobello in
Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
I: Inheritance Thomas Wentworth Higginson came from a race of large-minded, free-handed men. Beginning with the Reverend Francis Higginson, of Puritan fame, and coming down through the line of his descendants, we see a striking repetition of certain traits and habits. Confining ourselves, for instance, to the successive Stephen Higginsons, born in Salem,— Wentworth Higginson's father, grandfather, and great-grandfather,—we find them all upright and fearless, actively interested in the general welfare, leaders in public affairs, and extending a ready and never empty hand to the unfortunate. They were bred to mercantile life, and two of the three met with various reverses in fortune, which never embittered their lives or made them less philanthropic. Stephen, the grandfather, having married at the age of twenty, and finding his income not sufficient for family needs, embarked upon the seas, commanding one of his father's ships at twenty-one. He continued a bold and successfu
Portsmouth (New Hampshire, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
orrow of the British army, and his American wife, reads like a thrilling romance. The Grenadier, as he has been nicknamed in the family, seems to have been a gay, reckless fellow who managed to make away with his worldly possessions in early youth, partly by generously endowing his brother and sisters. He was on his way to England from Jamaica in 1777 in a vessel which was captured by a Massachusetts privateer; and the young officer of twenty-two was landed as prisoner-of-war at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Here in Tory circles, says the chronicle, he fell in love with the beautiful Anne Appleton, great-granddaughter of John Wentworth, first royal governor of New Hampshire. Captain Storrow was presently exchanged, and in spite of the bitter opposition of both families married this lovely girl of seventeen and carried her off to England to his cold and stately mother. That disappointed dame, having planned a match for her improvident son with an heiress whose estate marched with her
New Hampshire (New Hampshire, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
low who managed to make away with his worldly possessions in early youth, partly by generously endowing his brother and sisters. He was on his way to England from Jamaica in 1777 in a vessel which was captured by a Massachusetts privateer; and the young officer of twenty-two was landed as prisoner-of-war at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Here in Tory circles, says the chronicle, he fell in love with the beautiful Anne Appleton, great-granddaughter of John Wentworth, first royal governor of New Hampshire. Captain Storrow was presently exchanged, and in spite of the bitter opposition of both families married this lovely girl of seventeen and carried her off to England to his cold and stately mother. That disappointed dame, having planned a match for her improvident son with an heiress whose estate marched with her own, had no fancy for a penniless American bride. The chilly atmosphere of this English home soon drove forth the pleasureloving captain, and the homesick child-wife beguiled
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