th, one day in the spring of 1866.
It was Louis Agassiz returning from a call on President Hill.
rly be called so still.
As a matter of fact, Agassiz had long since passed the meridian of his reppes into the fire of futile speculation.
Yet Agassiz was a great man in his way, and his importancportion of the globe.
In height and figure Agassiz was so much like Doctor Hill that when the twe height, with large, well-rounded heads; but Agassiz had an elastic French step, whereas Doctor Himething of a shuffle.
One might even imagine Agassiz dancing a waltz.
Lowell said of him that he one of them was bold enough to say to him: Prof. Agassiz, would you be so good as to explain to us re both granite, but they do not look alike.
Agassiz was delighted, and entertained them with a bris mind.
Longfellow tells in his diary how Agassiz came to him when his health broke down and weof the university.
He provided the means for Agassiz to go on his expedition to South America, and[2 more...]
ve made a purchaser for his publishers.
Harmony did not always prevail in the Saturday Club, for politics was the all-embracing subject in those days and its members represented every shade of political opinion.
Emerson, Longfellow, and Lowell were strongly anti-slavery, but they differed in regard to methods.
Lowell was what was then called a Seward man, and differed with Emerson in regard to John Brown, and with Longfellow in regard to Sumner.
Holmes was still more conservative; and Agassiz was a McClellan Democrat.
William Hunt, the painter, believed that the war was caused by the ambition of the leading politicians in the North and South.
Longfellow had the advantage of more direct information than the others, and enjoyed the continued successes of the Republican party.
In the spring of 1866 a number of Southerners came to Boston to borrow funds in order to rehabilitate their plantations, and were introduced at the Union League Club.
Finding themselves there in a cong
was something paid for by the inch. The true New England countryman never flattens a vowel; if he changes it he always makes it sharp.
He would be more likely to say: Pleasure does make us Yankee kind er winch, as if 'twas suthina paid for by the inch.
There are other instances of similar sort; but, nevertheless, if the primitive Yankee should become extinct, as now seems very probable, Lowell's masterly portrait of him will remain, and future generations can reconstruct him from it, as Agassiz reconstructed an extinct species of mammal from fossil bones.
Lowell did not join the Free-soilers, who were now bearing the brunt of the anti-slavery conflict, but attached himself to the more aristocratic wing of the old abolitionists, which was led by Edmund Quincy, Maria Chapman, and L. Maria Child.
Lowell was far from being a non-resistant.
In fact, he might be called a fighting-man, although he disapproved of duelling; and this served to keep him at a distance from Garrison, of w
st Doctor Morton; but this did him little harm, for early in 1847 the trustees of the hospital decided, by a unanimous vote, that the honor of discovering etherization properly belonged to him.
Doctor Jackson questioned the justice of this decision, and applied for a reconsideration of the subject.
Whereupon the subject was reconsidered the following year, and the same verdict rendered as before.
Doctor Jackson then carried his case to the Boston Academy of Arts and Sciences, when Professor Agassiz asked him the pertinent question: But, Doctor Jackson, did you make one little experiment?
adding drily, after receiving a negative reply: It would have been better if you had.
It is to be regretted that Doctor Jackson should have attacked Doctor Morton's private life (which appears to have been fully as commendable as his own), and also that R. W. Emerson should have entered the lists in favor of his brother-in-law.
In one of his later books Emerson designates Doctor Jackson as