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rom Mr. Lincoln to me. Some explanation may be needed that you may rightly understand their import. In the winter of 1840 and 1841, he was unhappy about his engagement to his wifenot being entirely satisfied that his heart was going with his hand. How much he suffered then on that account none knew so well as myself; he disclosed his whole heart to me. Lincoln wrote a letter — a long one which he read to me — to Dr. Drake of Cincinnati, descriptive of his case. Its date would be in December, 1840, or early in January, 1841. I think that he must have informed Dr. Drake of his early love for Miss Rutledge, as there was a part of the letter which he would not read. . . I remember Dr. Drake's reply, which was, that he would not undertake to prescribe for him without a personal interview.-Joshua F. Speed, Ms letter, November 30, 1866. In the summer of 1841 I became engaged to my wife. He was here on a visit when I courted her; and, strange to say, something of the same feeling
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Duyckinck, Evert Augustus, 1816-1878 (search)
Duyckinck, Evert Augustus, 1816-1878 Author; born in New York City, Nov. 23, 1816; graduated at Columbia College in 1835. His father was a successful publisher, and Evert early showed a love for books and a taste for literary pursuits. In December, 1840, he commenced the publication of Arcturus: a journal of books and opinions, in connection with Cornelius Matthews, which was continued about a year and a half. He contributed to the early numbers of the New York Review. In 1847, in connection with his brother George, he commenced the Literary world, a periodical which continued (with an interval of a year and five months) until the close of 1853. In 1856 the brothers completed the Cyclopaedia of American Literature, in 2 volumes, a work of great research and value. To this Evert added a supplement in 1865. His other important works are, Wit and wisdom of Sidney Smith; National portrait-gallery of eminent Americans; History of the War for the Union; History of the world from
Charles E. Stowe, Harriet Beecher Stowe compiled from her letters and journals by her son Charles Edward Stowe, Chapter 5: poverty and sickness, 1840-1850. (search)
e grotesque carvings on a gothic shrine; only did we know it rightly, nothing is trivial, since the human soul, with its awful shadow, makes all things sacred. So in writing a biography it is impossible for us to tell what did and what did not powerfully influence the character. It is safer simply to tell the unvarnished truth. The lily builds up its texture of delicate beauty from mould and decay. So how do we know from what humble material a soul grows in strength and beauty! In December, 1840, writing to Miss May, Mrs. Stowe says:-- For a year I have held the pen only to write an occasional business letter such as could not be neglected. This was primarily owing to a severe neuralgic complaint that settled in my eyes, and for two months not only made it impossible for me to use them in writing, but to fix them with attention on anything. I could not even bear the least light of day in my room. Then my dear little Frederick was born, and for two months more I was conf
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 13: England.—June, 1838, to March, 1839.—Age, 27-28. (search)
who witnessed it. It was said of him, that when an American gentleman, the gifted Charles Sumner, was in England, his popularity in society became justly so great and so general, that his friends began to devise what circle there was to show him which he had not yet seen, what great house that he had not yet visited. Autobiography, Memoir, and Letters of Henry Fothergill Chorley, Vol. I. p. 180. A few months after his return home, Mr. Hayward referred to him in the Quarterly Review, Dec., 1840, Vol. LXVII. pp 33, 34. Article on American Orators and Statesmen. This reference to Sumner was copied by the Law Reporter in a notice of the third volume of his Reports. Feb., 1841, Vol. III. p. 403. as the reporter of Judge Story's decisions, who recently paid a visit of some duration to this country, and presents in his own person a decisive proof that an American gentleman, without official rank or widespread reputation, by mere dint of courtesy, candor, an entire absence of pret
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 14: first weeks in London.—June and July, 1838.—Age, 27. (search)
ion,—I do not think they much concern either you or I, Sir Charles. The whole room was convulsed with laughter, in which Sir Charles most heartily joined. Hayward, Abraham Hayward, born about 1800; author of several legal publications; editor of the Law Magazine, from which he retired in 1844; translator of Goethe's Faust, and of one of Savigny's works; and contributor to the Quarterly Review. Among his articles published in this periodical is one on American Orators and Statesmen, Dec., 1840, Vol. LXVII. pp. 1-53. See a letter of Judge Story to him, which furnished suggestions for the article,—Story's Life and Letters, Vol. II. pp. 324-327. Sumner was indebted to Mr. Hayward for many civilities, among them an introduction to Mrs. Norton. of the Law Magazine, I know very well. Last evening I met at dinner, at his chambers in King's Bench Walk, some fashionable ladies and authors, and M. P.'s. There we stayed till long after midnight, and— shall I say with Sir John?—heard t
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 23: return to his profession.—1840-41.—Age, 29-30. (search)
e. To Abraham Hayward, London. Boston, U. S. Of America, Aug. 31, 1840. dear Hayward,—This poor sheet and its pictures Wood-cuts of General W. H. Harrison, and of a log-cabin and cider barrels. will go by the Acadia, which sails to-morrow from this port for Liverpool. What can I write that will not be utterly dull to you of London? If you still persevere in your intention of giving an article on American eloquence, Mr. Hayward's article appeared in the Quarterly Review, Dec., 1840, Vol. LXVII., entitled, American Orators and Statesmen. With Mr. Everett, who is there mentioned. Mr. Hayward afterwards became well acquainted. let me ask you to read a paper in the last North American Review (July) on Guizot's Washington. You will find there some six or eight pages, which present a neat and concise view of partiesin the United States from the adoption of the Federal Constitution down to a comparatively recent period. The author is Mr. Edward Everett, recently Govern
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 16: literary life in Cambridge (search)
, at least in English, though a German version was performed at the Ducal Court Theatre in Dessau, January 28, 1855. As literary work it was certainly well done; though taken in part from the tale of Cervantes La Gitanilla, and handled before by Montalvan and by Solis in Spanish, and by Middleton in English, it yet was essentially Longfellow's own in treatment, though perhaps rather marred by taking inappropriately the motto from Robert Burns. He wrote of it to Samuel Ward in New York, December, 1840, calling it something still longer which as yet no eye but mine has seen and which I wish to read to you first. He then adds, At present, my dear friend, my soul is wrapped up in poetry. The scales fell from my eyes suddenly, and I beheld before me a beautiful landscape, with figures, which I have transferred to paper almost without an effort, and with a celerity of which I did not think myself capable. Since my return from Portland I am almost afraid to look at it, for fear its colo