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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Lowell (search)
o much on information derived at dinner-parties, or similar occasions. During the war period Sumner, Wilson, and Andrew were almost omnipotent in Massachusetts, for the three worked together in a common cause; but power always engenders envy and so an inside opposition grew up within the Republican party to which Lowell lent his assistance without being aware of its true character. His articles in the North American on public affairs were severely criticised by Andrew and Wilson, while Frank W. Bird frankly called them giving aid and comfort to the enemy. It was certainly a doubtful course to pursue at such a critical juncture-when all patriots should have been united-and it offended a good many Republicans without conciliating the opposition. Lowell's successor in this editorial chair was an old Webster Whig who had become a Democrat. In 1873 he resigned his professorship and went to Italy for a holiday. He said to some friends whom he met in Florence: I am tired of being ca
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Frank W. Bird, and the Bird Club. (search)
Frank W. Bird, and the Bird Club. It is less than four miles from Harvard Square to Boston City Hall, a building rather exceptional for its fine architecture among public edifices, but the change in 1865 was like the change from one sphere of I will discharge him to-morrow. One can imagine Abraham Lincoln making a speech like this, on a similar occasion. Frank W. Bird, like J. B. Sargent, of New Haven, was a rare instance of an American manufacturer who believed in free-trade. This acted as a divider between him and his former associates, until in 1876 he found himself again in the same party with Frank W. Bird. During the administration of Governor Banks, that is, between 1857 and 1860, Bird served on the Governor's counciembers continued to meet for five or six years longer, it ceased to attract public attention. At the age of eighty Frank W. Bird still directed the financial affairs of his paper business, but he looked back on his life as a wretched failure. No
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The War Governor. (search)
ined either by his devotion to his profession or his unwillingness to make politics a profession. He was in constant communication with Charles Francis Adams, Frank W. Bird, and other leading independents, and played a part in the election of Sumner as well as at various nominating conventions; but he apparently neither sought off was opposed to him and cast his influence in favor of a Pittsfield candidate, left a sort of political vacuum in the more populous portion of the State, which Frank W. Bird and Henry L. Pierce took advantage of to bring his name forward. Sumner and Wilson threw their weight into the scales, and Andrew was easily nominated; but he owed this to Frank W. Bird more than to any other supporter. In the New York Herald of December 20, 1860, there was the following item: Governor-elect Andrew, of Massachusetts, and George L. Stearns have gone to Washington together, and it is said that the object of their visit is to brace up weak-kneed Republicans. This was o
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The colored regiments. (search)
th certain leading colored men of Boston. He put the question, Will your people enlist in my regiments? They will not, was the reply of all but Hayden. We have no objection to white officers, but our self-respect demands that competent colored men shall be at least eligible to promotion. By the last of February less than two companies had been recruited, and the prospects of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts did not look hopeful. When Governor Andrew was in doubt he usually sent for Frank W. Bird and George L. Stearns, but this time Mr. Stearns was before him. To the Governor's question, What is to done? he replied, If you will obtain funds from the Legislature for their transportation, I will recruit you a regiment among the black men of Ohio and Canada West. There are a great many runaways in Canada, and those are the ones who will go back and fight. Very good, said the Governor; go as soon as you can, and our friend Bird will take care of the appropriation bill. A handsome
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Elizur Wright (search)
tellect, and as they grew up cheerfully assisted him in various ways. When the Mexican war began there was great indignation over it in New England, and Lowell wrote his most spirited verses in opposition to it. Elizur Wright took advantage of the storm to establish a newspaper, the Chronotype, in opposition to the Government policy. He began this enterprise almost without help, but soon obtained assistance from leading Free-soilers like John A. Andrew, Dr. S. G. Howe, and especially Frank W. Bird, the most disinterested of politicians, who gave several thousand dollars in support of the Chronotype. The object of the paper, stated in Mr. Wright's own words, was To examine everything that is new and some things that are old, without fear or favor; to promote good nature, good neighborhood, and good government; to advocate a just distribution of the proper reward, whether material or immaterial, both of honest labor and rascally violence, cunning and idleness; last, but not least,