Of these Charles Sumner
, always the Doctor
's closest and best-beloved friend, is most familiarly remembered.
We called him “the harmless giant” ; and one of us was in the habit of using his stately figure as a rule of measurement.
Knowing that he was just six feet tall, she would say that a thing was so much higher or lower than Mr. Sumner
His deep musical voice, his rare but kindly smile, are not to be forgotten.
We do not remember Nathaniel Hawthorne
's coming to the house, but his shy disposition is illustrated by the record of a visit made by our parents to his house at Concord
While they were in the parlor, talking with Mrs. Hawthorne
, they saw a tall, slim man come down the stairs, and Mrs. Hawthorne
called out, “Husband!
Husband! Dr. Howe
and Mrs. Howe
bolted across the hall and out through the door without even looking into the parlor.
our mother says:--
“ I shall always be glad that I saw the poet Whittier
in his youth and mine.
I was staying in Boston
during the winter of 1847, a young mother with two dear girl babies, when Sumner
, I think, brought Whittier
to our rooms and introduced him to me. His appearance then was most striking.
His eyes glowed like black diamonds-his hair was of the same hue, brushed back from his forehead.
Several were present on this occasion who knew him familiarly, and one of these persons bantered him a little on his bachelor state.
said in reply: ‘The world's people have ’”