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earful blow with his weapon, breaking my fingers as you see. I instantly shot him. Since then I have been obliged not to allow the meetings. In my own mind, I could but compare this noble gentleman to many half-hearted Christians in the North, who would assist in perpetuating the curse of slavery on the ground of policy. Shame on such false Christians and hypocrites! They would call themselves democrats of the nineteenth century. They would say they were on the side of Washington and Adams, and all the fathers. But they are not, for Washington was not in his heart a slaveholder, as the following extract from a letter written by him is sufficient to prove: I hope, writes he, it will not be conceived from these observations that it is in my heart to hold the unhappy people, who are the subject of this letter, in slavery. I can only say, there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it. Reader, you may, perhap
solved never to cease its agitation so long as the Lord gave us life, and so long as there remained a single slave on the fair soil of Columbia. Our minds were much strengthened in this resolve by recalling to memory the teachings of Washington, Adams, Monroe, and others. Abigail Adams, the mother of John Quincy Adams, said: I wish most sincerely that there was not a slave in the Province. Benjamin Franklin, whose life was my schoolbook, in an address to the Senate and House of RepAbigail Adams, the mother of John Quincy Adams, said: I wish most sincerely that there was not a slave in the Province. Benjamin Franklin, whose life was my schoolbook, in an address to the Senate and House of Representatives, said: From a persuasion that equal liberty was originally the portion, and is still the birthright, of all men, and influenced by the strong ties of humanity, and the principle of their institution, your memorialists conceive themselves bound to use all justifiable endeavors to loosen the bands of slavery; that you will be pleased to countenance the restoration of liberty to these unhappy men, who alone, in this land of Freedom, are degraded into perpetual bondage, and who,
Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography, Chapter 14: (search)
ents. We had many invitations for dinners and receptions. Mrs. Hayes sent me flowers and invited us to dine at state and informal dinners. She has had no superior and few equals as mistress of the White House. An unprejudiced, truthful historian would doubtless place the name of Lucy Webb Hayes at the head of the list of women who were most eminently qualified by nature and acquirement for the position of mistress of the White House. She was probably the only rival of the fame of Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, second President of the United States. Mrs. Adams's intellect, dauntless courage, and devoutly religious character may be said to have been repeated in the person of Lucy Webb Hayes. Mrs. Hayes was born in Chillicothe, then the capital of Ohio. Her father, Doctor James Webb, was an eminent practitioner and very prominent in public affairs. He was an ardent Republican, after liberating the slaves which came to him through his North Carolinian ancestry. Mrs.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Adams, Abigail (Smith, (search)
Adams, Abigail (Smith´╝ë, Wife of President John Adams; born in Weymouth, Mass., Nov. 23, 1744; daughter of the Rev. William Smith; was married Aug. 25, 1764, when Mr. Adams was a rising young lawyer in Boston. In 1784 she joined her husband in France, and in the following year went with him to London, where neither her husband nor herself received the courtesies due their position. In 1789-1810 she resided at the seat of the national government, and passed the remainder of her life in the Quincy part of Braintree, dying Oct. 28, 1818. Her correspondence, preserved in Familiar letters of John Adams and his wife, Abigail Adams, during the Revolution, throws important light upon the life of the times which it cover
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 1: earlier years (search)
lier years Ancestry and family history clerk in store at Buffalo Learns Seneca language Coffee Club Prepares for college Enters Harvard The subject of this memoir, Charles Anderson Dana, was the eldest child of Anderson Dana and his first wife, Ann Denison. He was seventh in the male line, from Richard Dana, the colonial settler, through Jacob, Jacob second, Anderson first, Daniel, and Anderson second. In the female line, he was descended from Ann Bullard, Patience---, Abigail Adams, Susanna Huntington, Dolly Kibbe, and Ann Denison, whose mother, it should be noted, was Anne Paine, a daughter of one of the best-known and most widely disseminated families of New England. It will be observed that although the surname of one of these maternal ancestors is unknown, there is every reason to believe that, like the rest, her family were colonists of straight English blood. The same statement is doubtless true in reference to all the collateral connections, hence it may b
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Index (search)
Index A. Adams, Abigail, 1. Adams, John, 456, 459. Adams, John Q., 25, 138, 456, 459. Addition, Division and silence, 427. Alabama campaign, 355. Alabama claims, 422. Alabama River, 250, 251. Alcott, Mr., 27, 33, 35. Alexander, Columbus, 434, 435. Allen, Mr., 48. Alliance between Russia, Prussia, and Austria, 82. Altgeld, Governor, 481. America, aid to, 81. American Cyclopaedia, 158, 173-177, 501. Ames, Oakes, 434. Amnesty for political offenders, 401. Ancestry and family history, 1,2, 3. Anderson, Major, 164. Annexation of Canada, 421-423, 476-478. Anti-British feeling, 382. Antietam, 168, 199, 310. Antislavery amendment, 352. Appomattox, 330, 331. Appraiser of merchandise, 414,415. Army, corps, Sixth, 337, 338, 342 362; Ninth, 322; Thirteenth, 318, 227, 236, 245; Eighteenth, 335, 337; Nineteenth, 337; of Potomac, 170, 249, 250, 251, 275, 299, 303, 304, 310, 317, 318, 330, 333, 349, 362, 366; of Shenandoah, 344; of Tennessee
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 19: personal traits. (search)
orget them and proceed. The trouble comes when sympathetic biographers elevate these heights and depths into too great importance and find the table-lands of life uninteresting. There never was a year of Margaret Fuller's life, after her precocious maturity, when the greater part of it was not given to daily, practical, commonsense labor, and this usually for other people. All periods have their fashions. It does not mar our impression of the admirable capacity and self-devotion of Abigail Adams that she signed her early letters to her husband, John Adams, as Portia. It was the fashion of the time; and when Margaret Fuller afterwards tried to write out her imaginative and mystical side under the name of Leila, it belonged to that period also; a period when German romance was just beginning to be translated, and Oriental poetry to be read. These were her dreams, her idealities; but when it was a question how to provide schoolbooks and an overcoat for her little brother, no oth
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Index. (search)
Index. A. Adams, Abigail, 804. Adams, John Quincy, 12, 27, 29. Alcott, A. B., diary quoted, 75, 143, 144, 146-148, 180, 191; other references, 77-80, 95,130, 140 142, 148, 155, 159-162, 165, 175, 181, 285. Alfieri, Victor, 45. Allston, Washington, 95. American literature, essay on, 203, 297. Americanism in literature, 137. Anaxagoras, 5. Arconati, Marchioness Visconti, letter to, 274; other references, 231. Arnim, Bettina (Brentano) von, 18, 190-192. Atkinson, H. G., 224. Austin, Sarah. 189. Autobiographical romance, 21,22,309. B. Bachi, Pietro, 33. Bacon, Lord, 45. Baillie, Joanna, 229 Ballou, Adin, 180. Bancroft, G., 33, 47, 48, 50, 108, 144. Barker. See Ward. Barlow, D. H., 39. Barlow, Mrs. D. H., letters to, 39, 54, 62, 94, 154. Barlow, F. C., 39. Barrett, Miss. See Browning. Bartlett, Robert, 138. 144, 146. Bartol, C. A., 142, 144. Beck, Charles, 33. Belgiojoso, Princess, 236. Baranger, J. P. de, 230. Birthplace of Madame
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall), Standard and popular Library books, selected from the catalogue of Houghton, Mifflin and Co. (search)
smallest chosen library. A company of the wisest and wittiest men that could be picked out of all civil countries, in a thousand years, have set in best order the results of their Earning and wisdom. The men themselves were hid and inaccessible, solitary, impatient of interruptions, fenced by etiquette,--but the thought which they did not uncover to their bosom friend is here written out in transparent words to us, the strangers of another age. Ralph Waldo Emerson. John Adams and Abigail Adams. Familiar Letters of John Adams and his wife, Abigail Adams, during the Revolution. Crown 8vo, $2.00. Louis Agassiz. Methods of Study in Natural History. 16mo, $1.50. Geological Sketches. 16mo, $1.50. Geological Sketches. Second Series. 16mo, $1.50. A Journey in Brazil. Illustrated, 8vo, $5.00. Thomas Bailey Aldrich. Story of a Bad Boy. Illustrated. 16mo, $r.50. Marjorie Daw and Other People. 16mo, $1.50. Prudence Palfrey. 16mo, $1.50. The Queen of
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 22 (search)
to lead through thy mazes, governing it, as thou dost, with resistless despotism. Yet all this is simplicity itself compared to the habitual inflation of Miss Seward's style when writing anything that is not a letter-as, for instance, her life of Dr. Erasmus Darwin. And I perfectly remember certain maiden ladies of Boston, who were justly renowned in my youth for what they would have called by no briefer name than epistolary correspondence, who modelled their style upon Miss Seward's, and would have disdained to close a letter with a sentence of one clause or a word of one syllable. They wrote charming descriptions, yet were never satisfied without getting on their stilts at the end, or at least dropping a stately old-fashioned courtesy to their audience. Probably they would have written even their epistles of love in this formal style; we know that Abigail Adams did, for one; and that she wrote a letter asking John Adams to buy her a supply of cheap pins, and signed it Portia.
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