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Justin McCarthy (search for this): chapter 16
diary says:— Received proof of A Typical American, by Madame Blanc; a London translation into English sent me for revision. I regard this as the greatest honor of my life, in a literary way—--to be treated so fully in the Revue des Deux Mondes by so able and so distinguished a woman and then to have it fully translated and published in London. Of course it gratified me, even if sometimes overstated and undeserved, gratified more than such pleasant personal tributes as those of Justin McCarthy, Tom Hughes, and others in their books of reminiscences. In February of the same year, he writes:— It was curious after my seven months absence [in Europe] when I wrote nothing for print, to come back and find the same continuous impulse of hard work in my study. April 3, 1902. Evening. E. E. Hale Festival— a fine meeting, thoroughly worked up and in a good cause; but I should not wish to have any injudicious friends try the same thing for me, even on a smaller scale, fo
John Lowell (search for this): chapter 16
erflowing fountain of sympathy which pulsed in his veins. Lowell's lines might have been written about him:— [He] doethry, and recorded the fact in his diary: Nov. 15. My first Lowell lecture (of course, extempore) and enjoyed it much. Audieittle anxious about this and have therefore written out my Lowell lectures in full. Jan. 5, 1903. The lecture was conside third course, in 1905, he wrote:— Feb. 28. First Lowell lecture (Wordsworth-shire). A great success—an unexpectedly fine voice. March 7. Second Lowell lecture. Carlyle, Ruskin, Froude, Hunt. March 28. Fifth Lowell lecture. DLowell lecture. Dickens, Thackeray and reading Tennyson's poems. April 4. Last Lowell lecture. Considered very successful and was pronLowell lecture. Considered very successful and was pronounced by John Lowell the best he ever heard in that hall. In May, 1903, he spoke at the Concord Emerson celebration:— John Lowell the best he ever heard in that hall. In May, 1903, he spoke at the Concord Emerson celebration:— Meeting good and my address successful. After it, Senator Hoar turned to me and said, grasping my hand, What I have
Margaret Fuller Ossoli (search for this): chapter 16
by the professor in charge a careful chronicle of a vegetation which for this immediate region has largely disappeared forever. His correspondence with and concerning John Brown was given to the Boston Public Library; also collections of Margaret Fuller Ossoli's and Emily Dickinson's letters. December 1st he recorded, My office of Military and Naval Historian expired, much to my satisfaction, after seven years and four months. An extension of a year's time without compensation was however ge surprise; also bringing flowers. May 4, 1900. To meeting of officers at American House. Drove in alone. Was treated with curious deferential attention and made a speech. May 12. Pleasant and successful memorial meeting for Margaret Fuller Ossoli, 100th birthday. It was held in the house of my birth, the parlors crowded. Perhaps it was my last public meeting. May 17. To Concord, Mass., to funeral of Judge Keyes [a classmate]. This excursion to Concord was violently opposed
Aristophanes (search for this): chapter 16
begins, The long, long anchorage we leave, The ship is clear at last, she leaps, She swiftly courses from the shore, Joy, Shipmate, joy! December 21, 1907, he wrote:— December 21, 1907. This being the last day of my 84 years, I laid out some pleasant work during the coming year. As I have succeeded so with my postponed volume of my grandfather's memoir, I decided to carry out another old project and one very good for elder years, viz.: to translate from the Greek the Birds of Aristophanes . . . I enjoy life, love and work but should hardly care to be a nonagenarian. Dec. 22. Beautiful day begun with much surprise at my own advanced years, as there is very little inward change and it is generally thought I carry them well externally. In the summer of 1908, he was attracted by an article in the Dial called the Grandisonian Manner, and wrote this letter to the author:— Dear sir or madam:— You will pardon me for thus addressing you, when I tell you that <
Samuel Longfellow (search for this): chapter 16
aited until the riot had ceased when he went on calm and unruffled; and my admiration, always great, sensibly rose as I saw his wonderful command of himself. Feb. 15, 1901. P. M. Lectured to Filene's workpeople on People I have met. Mar. 6, 1902. Prince Henry of Prussia here. I spoke at the dinner at the Somerset. After the Military History was off his hands he wrote, Tales of the Enchanted Islands of the Atlantic, Book and Heart, and Old Cambridge. In 1900, he began a Life of Longfellow for the American Men of Letters series, and in 1902 wrote a biography of Whittier, recording in July, Have worked for ten days on Whittier—averaging 1000 words daily. The French writer, Th. Bentzon (Mme. Blanc), after visiting this country in the nineties, wrote an account of Colonel Higginson which was translated with the inapt title, A Typical American. The 1902 diary says:— Received proof of A Typical American, by Madame Blanc; a London translation into English sent me for re
Stephen Higginson (search for this): chapter 16
. Began work in earnest on life of my grandfather [Stephen Higginson] and enjoyed it. June 28, 1905. To Rochester, N own amusing way the beginning of his friendship with Colonel Higginson. When living in Chicago, he heard Higginson speak onHigginson speak on physical training and utter an impressive warning against the use of mince pie. Dr. Collyer's curiosity was excited, and aftstocked with mince pies. This reverend gentleman and Colonel Higginson were born in the same year, and the latter once wrotel collie be With him forever Collyer. It is said that Higginson's opposition to church organization lessened in later lifder the erection of a statue to General Butler, which Colonel Higginson opposed. Mar. 19. At Binghamton, N. Y. P. M. rd graduates. One of the reforms which interested Colonel Higginson in later years was Simplified Spelling. It must be ce unknown dark, was read, this being a poem for which Colonel Higginson had deeply cared. His ashes were deposited in the Ca
XVI: the crowning years In 1889, Colonel Higginson began what proved to be a four years task of editing, with Mrs. Mabel Loomis Todd of Amherst, Emily Dickinson's poems and letters. Of this work he wrote Mrs. Todd:— I can't tell you how much I am enjoying the poems. There are many new to me which take my breath away. A year later he wrote to her:— You are the only person who can feel as I do about this extraordinary thing we have done in recording this rare genius. I feel as if we had climbed to a cloud, pulled it away, and revealed a new star behind it . . . . Such things as I find in her letters! The Madonnas I see are those that pass the House to their work, carrying Saviours with them. Is not that one of the take-your-breath-away thoughts? There is much that I never could print, as where she writes, Of our greatest acts we are ignorant. You were not aware that you saved my life. What a unique existence was hers! Four years later, he wrote:— I <
nd likes it. In our early years at Dublin, the Smiths' outdoor theatre was dedicated and Colonel Higginson read these lines. They are given as a specimen of his gift at impromptu verse, which was often in demand on such occasions. Later he himself took part in a miracle play, Theophile, written by our neighbor, Henry Copley Greene, for the Teatro Bambino, in which Higginson personated an aged abbot. When the Goddess of Dulness would rule o'er this planet And bind all amusements, like Samson, with withes, Fate conquered her scheme, ere she fairly began it, By producing one household—a household of Smiths. Fate selected the seed of a Rhode Island Quaker Its wit and its wisdom, its mirth and its pith, And brought all these gifts to a Point—one half acre— And gave to the product the surname of Smith. Though Care killed a cat it cannot hush the Mewses Nor reduce all our joys to monotonous myth; Some gleams of pure fun o'er the earth Fate diffuses,— So cheers, three times three,
Robert Grant (search for this): chapter 16
and tinsel compared to that. His position as chairman of the Harvard Visiting Committee on English Literature he resigned in 1903, having served on this and other Visiting Committees for sixty-odd years. In the latter part of that year he wrote in the journal, I always keep on my desk Sunset and evening Star [Tennyson's Crossing the Bar ], and am ready for whatever comes. On the eve of his eightieth birthday, in 1903, a reception was given to him by the Boston Authors' Club, when Judge Robert Grant read his inspiring verses written for the occasion, and afterwards printed in the Atlantic Monthly, beginning:— Preacher of a liberal creed, Pioneer in Freedom's cause; Ever prompt to take the lead In behalf of saner laws, Still your speech persuasive flows As the brooks of Helicon. You have earned a fair repose, Thomas Wentworth Higginson! This poem Colonel Higginson called one of the greatest laurels I ever won. He thus alluded in his diary to the celebration:— Dec. 21. Eveni
Edward Hale (search for this): chapter 16
had some leaning toward Socialism, I suppose, but the thing for which I joined the College Association was because 1 thought it very undesirable that colleges should ignore the very word as they almost uniformly did then; Harvard being almost the only one which allowed it even to be mentioned. . . . As for the name Socialist, I never either claimed or disclaimed it, regarding it as merely a feeler in the right direction and refusing any prominent place in the movement. I remember that Dr. Edward Hale and I both took this same position in a similar organization formed by Edward Bellamy in his time. His social creed, as stated in a letter dated 1859, would have equally fitted the succeeding years:— Every year makes me, at least, more democratic, with less reverence for the elect and more faith in the many. During the winter of 1911, strength gradually failed, though interest in the affairs of life never flagged. In February, he read a paper on Dickens, with all his old spir
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