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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 9: a literary club and its organ. (search)
e minds of the leaders, however, the attitude was conscious and deliberate. He who doubts whether this age or this country can yield any contribution to the literature of the world only betrays his own blindness to the necessities of the human soul. Has the power of poetry ceased, or the need? Have the eyes ceased to see that which they would have, and which they have not? . . . The heart beats in this age as of old, and the passions are busy as ever. Emerson in Dial, i. 157,158 (October, 1840). It was this strong conviction in their own minds of the need of something fresh and indigenous, which controlled the criticism of the Transcendentalists; and sometimes made them unjust to the early poetry of a man like Longfellow, who still retained the European symbols, and exasperated them by writing about Pentecost and bishop's-caps, just as if this continent had never been discovered. The most striking illustration of the direct literary purpose of this movement is not to b
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 11: Brook Farm. (search)
el more hopeful as he builds less wide, but cannot feel that I have anything to do at present, except to look on and see the coral insects at work. Ballou was with him to-night; he seems a downright person, clear as to his own purposes, and not unwilling to permit others the pursuit of theirs. Ms. The Rev. Adin Ballou was a well-known leader among the Associationists in that day, yet did not live at Brook Farm, but at Mendon, Mass. It appears from Mr. Alcott's Ms. diary that in October, 1840, while the whole matter was taking form, he met George Ripley and Miss Fuller at Mr. Emerson's in Concord, for the purpose of discussing the new theme. Neither Alcott nor Emerson accepted the project in its completeness. Alcott's Ms Diary, XIV. 170. During the following month Alcott enumerates these persons as being likely to join the proposed community,--Ripley, Emerson, Parker, S. D. Robbins, and Miss Fuller. Alcott's Ms Diary, XIV. 199. But I know no reason to suppose that any o
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 18: Stratford-on-avon.—Warwick.—London.—Characters of judges and lawyers.—authors.—society.—January, 1839, to March, 1839.—Age, 28. (search)
by your communication of Judge Story's opinion, which excites a great doubt of the justice of ours; and again, Sept. 29, 1840, he said that if the point should arise again, the case of Peters v. The Warren Insurance Company will, at least, neutralize the effect of our decision, and induce any of our courts to consider the question as an open one. Life of Story, Vol. II. p. 379 Lord Denman refers to Judge Story's opinion adverse to the Queen's Bench in a letter to Mr. Justice Patteson, in Oct., 1840. Life of Lord Denman, Vol. II. p. 88. See ante, Vol. II. p. 25, note. The authority of Peters v. Warren Insurance Company has been somewhat shaken by later American cases. General Mutual Insurance Company v. Sherwood, 14 Howard Reports, 351; Mathews v. Howard Insurance Company, 11 New York Reports, 9. See Sumner's reference to Lord Denman's letter to him concerning this case, in his oration on The Scholar, the Jurist, the Artist, the Philanthropist.—Works, Vol. I. p. 269. He told me
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 20: Italy.—May to September, 1839.—Age, 28. (search)
nd the Piazza, with Alfieri's palace near. Greenough Horatio Greenough, 1805-52. He passed most of his life, after leaving college, in Florence. He was a native of Boston, and died in its neighborhood. His chief works are the Chanting Cherubs; The Angel and Child; Venus contending for the Golden Apple; the statue of Washington; and The Rescue. The Washington, for which the artist received a commission in 1832, cost him four years of active labor, and was not shipped from Italy till Oct., 1840. The Rescue, designed in 1837, was completed in 1851. Greenough's Essays, with a Memoir by H. T. Tuckerman, were published after his death. Tuckerman's Book of Artists, pp. 247-275. I like infinitely. He is a person of remarkable character every way,—with scholarship such as few of our countrymen have; with a practical knowledge of his art, and the poetry of it; with an elevated tone of mind that shows itself equally in his views of art, and in all his conversation. I am firmly convinc
Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1, Chapter 4: girlhood 1839-1843; aet. 20-23 (search)
translation of Lamartine's Jocelyne, Uncle John showed her a favorable notice of it in a newspaper, saying: This is my little girl who knows about books, and writes an article and has it printed, but I wish she knew more about housekeeping. A sentiment, she adds, which in after years I had occasion to echo with fervor. While Sam was her ideal of youthful manhood, Henry was her mate, the nearest to her in age and in sympathy. The bond between them was close and tender; and when in October, 1840, he died of typhoid fever, the blow fell on her with crushing severity. When he closed his eyes, she says, I would gladly, oh, so gladly have died with him! And again, I remember the time as one without light or comfort. She turned to seek consolation in religion, andnaturally — in that aspect of religion which had been presented to her childish mind as the true and only one. At this time a great Calvinistic revival was going on in New York, and a zealous friend persuaded Julia t