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ove of putting things together; and I became quite an adept. I speak of this because an incident regarding it had an effect on my whole after life. It had been debated whether it was not desirable that I should go to college, for my mother's most ardent desire was that I should become a Calvinist Baptist clergyman. Ways and means were pretty narrow, and it was doubtful whether the plan could be carried out. Boys went to college in those days at the age of from twelve to fifteen. Judge Josiah G. Abbott, of Boston, one of the ablest gentlemen now at the bar, with whom I have practised for many years and know how thorough his training was, went to Harvard at twelve. Alas! I have lost my friend by death since this sentence was at first written. There was an examination at our school at which all the Methodists, and other clergymen, and principal men of the vicinity were present. The first class in parsing was called, and I, naturally in size and every way, was at The foot of i
Index. A Abbott, Judge J. G., 50. Adams Express Co., 515, 517. Adams County Iowa Suit, 992-995. Adams, So. Carolina Commissioner of Secession, 156. Advertiser, Lowell, anecdote of, 999. Alabama claims, 962-967. Alley, Hon. John B., member of Congress, 919; succeeded by Butler, as member of Congress, 919. Almaden, quicksilver case, Halleck convicted of perjury in, 872. Allen, Hon. Stephen M., interviews on conduct of war, 580, 583. American Emigrant Aid Society, suit against, 992-995. Ames, Brig.-General, reference to, 651, 690, 816; despatch to, 652; in Roanoke expedition, 781; reference to, 862. Ames, Adelbert, son-in-law, 81; stationed at Perryville, 211. Ames, Butler, grandson, 81. Ames, Seth, studied Latin with, 52. Anderson's Corps, first to reinforce Petersburg, 703. Andersonville, great loss of life in prison, 609, 610; lack of water at, 611. Andover, Mass., President Pierce's son killed, 1020. Andre, tried by military co
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Electoral commission. (search)
by the associate justice longest in commission. After much debate, the bill passed both Houses. It became a law, by the signature of the President, Jan. 29, 1877. The next day the two Houses each selected five of its members to serve on the Electoral Commission, the Senate members being George F. Edmunds (Vt.), Oliver P. Morton (Ind.), Frederick T. Frelinghuysen (N. J.), Thomas F. Bayard (Del.), and Allen G. Thurman (O.), and the House members, Henry B. Payne (O.), Eppa Hunton (Va.), Josiah G. Abbott (Mass.), James A. Garfield (O.), and George F. Hoar (Mass.). Senator Francis Kernan (N. Y.) was afterwards substituted for Senator Thurman, who had become ill. Judges Clifford, Miller, Field, and Strong, of the Supreme Court, were named in the bill, and these chose as the fifth member of associate justices Joseph P. Bradley. The Electoral Commission assembled in the hall of the House of Representatives, Feb. 1, 1877. The legality of returns from several States was questioned, and wa
s crisis. A motion was then made by Mr. Russell, of Boston, to substitute the name of Hon. Josiah G. Abbott, of Lowell, for Attorney-General, in place of Mr. Foster's name. This motion was sustaithe ticket. He paid a high compliment to Mr. Foster; but, for public reasons, would vote for Mr. Abbott. Mr. Abbott was nominated, by a vote of 286 to 239. This created much excitement and ill feelMr. Abbott was nominated, by a vote of 286 to 239. This created much excitement and ill feeling in the convention, which, however, was soon allayed by Mr. Foster himself, who arose, amid great applause, and said, it would give him great satisfaction to have placed upon the ticket any distinguished gentleman of his profession, like Judge Abbott, of different politics from himself, if, in the least degree, the harmony of the people of Massachusetts can be promoted, and if the national Admi war. He hoped, therefore, his friends would join with him in the hope that the nomination of Judge Abbott would be made unanimous. [Cheers.] The convention adjourned, having placed on the State t
in recruiting liberality of John M. Forbes Colonel Maggi town authorities ask Civiliansto be commissioned First attempt to raise colored troops Letterto Hon. J. G. Abbott recommends Merchants and others to devote Halfof each day to recruiting hardship to Seaboard towns attempt to haveCredits allowed for men in the Navy difwhich we shall have more to say hereafter, was raised in Massachusetts. On the twenty-fourth day of August, the Governor addressed the following letter to Hon. J. G. Abbott, Boston:— My dear Sir,—Not merely a certain official relation towards a brave young man, a citizen of Massachusetts and a soldier of the Union lately sharacter to disturb that union, and that unity of action and of government, which alone can render our efforts successful in the great work we have in hand. Judge Abbott spoke in favor of every patriot coming forward to sustain the Government, and consult for the best interests of a tottering nation. We must have the abandonme
ases existing similar to this. I think, if a gratuity of ten or fifteen dollars was made to him, he would be satisfied. He is a painter by trade, and can get work; but he is not well enough to work at present. While I was writing the above, Mrs. Abbott, of East Boston, came to see me on a case precisely similar. Her husband is in the Tenth Battery. He enlisted on the 16th of August, and was mustered in on the 9th of September. Mrs. Abbott has three children, and has received no money sinceMrs. Abbott has three children, and has received no money since the battery left the State. I think her case is as deserving as the other, the facts being the same. In January, 1863, the Governor was in Washington. The following paragraph appears in a letter addressed to him on other matters:— There is nothing new here that requires mention. Every thing, I believe, is progressing in the right direction. Camp day (North Cambridge) was broken up yesterday, and the recruits transferred to Fort Independence, which, I understand, will hereafter b
the Commonwealth held their conventions to make State nominations in the fall of 1863. The Democratic Convention was held first. We give a brief abstract of its proceedings. Phineas Allen, of Pittsfield, was chosen temporary chairman. Judge J. G. Abbott, of Boston, being called upon, made a speech, and said,— I understand this convention to be the freest and broadest invitation to all men who agree with you and me in this dark hour, when we have arrived at the very brink of that abysof the Administration, and in praise of State rights. In the afternoon, a vote was taken for Governor, and a majority was given for Henry W. Paine, of Cambridge; and he was declared the nominee. The vote stood,—Paine, 750; Dr. Loring, 227; J. G. Abbott, 72; scattering, 5. Mr. Paine had never attended a Democratic convention before. He had been a prominent Whig in the palmy days of that glorious old party. In the speech which he made in the convention, just previous to taking the ballot by
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 6 (search)
ree Soil party in 1848, and stumped the district, though in a hopeless minority. The nomination was Whittier's doing, partly to prevent that party from nominating him; and he agreed that, by way of reprieve, I should go to Lowell and induce Josiah G. Abbott, then a young lawyer, to stand in my place. Abbott's objection is worth recording: if elected, he said, he should immediately get into quarrels with the Southern members and have to fight duels, and this he could not conscientiously do. ThiAbbott's objection is worth recording: if elected, he said, he should immediately get into quarrels with the Southern members and have to fight duels, and this he could not conscientiously do. This was his ground of exemption. Years after, when he was an eminent judge in Boston and a very conservative Democrat, I once reminded him of this talk, and he said, I should feel just the same now. Having been, of course, defeated for Congress, as I had simply stood in a gap, I lived in Newburyport for more than two years longer, after giving up my parish. This time was spent in writing for newspapers, teaching private classes in different studies, serving on the school committee and organi
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
Index. Abbott, J. G., 128. Abolitionists, the, 139. About, Edmond, 313. Adam, 139, 800. Adams, C. F., 21, 52, 53, 137. Adams, Hannah, 6. Agassiz, Alexander, 283. Albion, the, 189. Alcott, A. B., 117, 147, 158, 169, 173, 175, 181, 191. Alexander the Great, 126. Alford, Henry, 110. Alger, W. R., 105. Allston, Washington, 45. American Reforms, largely of secular origin, 116. Anderson, Mary, 287. Andrew, J. A., 106, 243, 246, 247, 248. Andrews and Stoddard, 21. Andrews, Jane, 129. Andromeda, 89. Aper, a Roman orator, 361. Aristophanes, 301. Arnold, Matthew, 272, 282, 283. Aspinwall, Augustus, 125. Atchison, D. R., 213. Athletic exercises, influence of, 59. Atlantic Circle of Authors, the, 168, 187. Atlantic Club, the, 172, 176. Austin, Mrs., Sarah, 359. Autobiography, Obstacles to, x. Autolycus, in Winter's tale, quoted, 64. Avis, John, 234. Bachi, Pietro, 17, 55. Bacon, Sir, Francis, 58. Baker, Lovell, 164. Baldwin,
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 32: the annexation of Texas.—the Mexican War.—Winthrop and Sumner.—1845-1847. (search)
nto the Act of 13th May, 1846. The war bill was at the time disapproved by the moral sentiment of the people of Massachusetts; and the main body of their delegation in Congress, in voting against it, acted in accordance with the current of opinion in the Whig party of the State. No one of them, at this or any later period, lost favor or encountered criticism among his constituents on account of his negative vote. Of the only two Whig members from Massachusetts who voted for it,—one was Abbott, of the Essex district, a person of very moderate ability, and supposed to have acted under the influence of his associate; the other was Robert C. Winthrop, of Boston, whose vote is intimately connected with Sumner's political activity at this time. Mr. Winthrop had been from his youth the pride of his native city. No citizen of Boston in all its annals has combined so many points for attracting the support of its ruling classes. He belonged, it may be said, to its most historic famil
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