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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Burritt, Elihu, 1810-1879 (search)
Burritt, Elihu, 1810-1879 Reformer; born in New Britain, Conn., Dec. 8, 1810. At the age of sixteen he was apprenticed to a blacksmith. In order to read the Scriptures in their original language, he learned Greek and Hebrew, and read these with so much ease that he continued his studies and mastered many other languages. He was called the learned blacksmith. He became a reformer, and went to England in 1846, where he formed the League of universal Brotherhood, for the abolition of war, slavery, and other national evils. He was appointed United States consul at Birmingham in 1865, and returned home in 1870. He died in New Britain, March 9, 1879.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Fugitive slave laws. (search)
ed the liability of free persons of color being kidnapped, under the provisions of the fugitive slave act of 1793. A petition was presented to Congress in 1818 from the yearly meeting of Friends at Baltimore, praying for further provisions for protecting free persons of color. This had followed a bill brought in by a committee at the instigation of Pindall, a member from Virginia, for giving new stringency to the fugitive slave act. While this bill was pending, a member from Rhode Island (Burritt) moved to instruct the committee on the Quaker memorial to inquire into the expediency of additional provisions for the suppression of the foreign slave-trade. Pindall's bill was warmly opposed by members from the free-labor States as going entirely beyond the constitutional provision on the subject of fugitives from labor. They contended that the personal rights of one class of citizens were not to be trampled upon to secure the rights of property of other citizens. The bill was support
w York all summer with most unparalleled success. Everybody goes night after night, and nothing can stop it. The enthusiasm beats that of the run in the Boston Museum out and out. The Tribune is full of it. The Observer, the Journal of Commerce, and all that sort of fellows, are astonished and nonplussed. They do not know what to say or do about it. While the English editions of the story were rapidly multiplying, and being issued with illustrations by Cruikshank, introductions by Elihu Burritt, Lord Carlisle, etc., it was also making its way over the Continent. For the authorized French edition, translated by Madame Belloc, and published by Charpentier of Paris, Mrs. Stowe wrote the following:-- Preface to the European edition. In authorizing the circulation of this work on the Continent of Europe, the author has only this apology, that the love of man is higher than the love of country. The great mystery which all Christian nations hold in common, the union of God w
al in England. reception in Liverpool. welcome to Scotland. a Glasgow tea-party. Edinburgh hospitality. Aberdeen. Dundee and Birmingham. Joseph Sturge. Elihu Burritt. London. the Lord Mayor's dinner. Charles Dickens and his wife. The journey undertaken by Mrs. Stowe with her husband and brother through England and Scos place at Edgbaston, nobody a whit the wiser. You do not know how pleased we felt to think we had done it so nicely. As we were drinking tea that evening, Elihu Burritt came in. It was the first time I had ever seen him, though I had heard a great deal of him from our friends in Edinburgh. He is a man in middle life, tall andho entered with hearty interest into the scene. A throng of friends accompanied us to the depot, while from Birmingham we had the pleasure of the company of Elihu Burritt, and enjoyed a delightful run to London, where we arrived towards evening. At the station-house in London we found the Rev. Messrs. Binney and Sherman waiti
rown and the phantoms, 431. Brown, John, bravery of, 380. Browning, Mrs., on life and love, 52. Browning, E. B., letter to H. B. S., 356; death of, 368, 370. Browning, Robert and E. B, friendship with, 355. Brunswick, Mrs. Stowe's love of, 184; revisited, 324. Buck, Eliza, history of as slave, 201. Bull, J. D. and family, make home for H. B. S. while at school in Hartford, 30, 31. Bunsen, Chevalier, 233. Bunyan's Pilgrim's progress, Prof. Stowe's love of, 437. Burritt, Elihu, writes introduction to Uncle Tom's Cabin, 192; calls on Mrs. Stowe, 223. Butler's Analogy, study of, by H. B. S., 32. Byron Controversy, 445; history of, 455; George Eliot on, 458; Dr. Holmes on, 455. Byron, Lady, 239; letters from, 274, 281; makes donation to Kansas sufferers, 281; on power of words, 361; death of, 368, 370; her character assailed, 446; her first meeting with H. B. S., 447 dignity and calmness, 448; memoranda and letters about Lord Byron shown to Mrs. Stowe, 4
st John Wilson, Sr., was an Old World product, possessing the liberal tendency and breadth of view of the New World. He combined with thorough mechanical training an excellent artistic taste, and also an intellectual appreciation of a good book, both in its literary and technical construction, which is rare either among printers or publishers. Indeed, his literary instinct amounted to a passion, so that he soon became (all by his unaided efforts) a scholar as well as a mechanic; and as Elihu Burritt was called the learned blacksmith, so John Wilson, Sr., might truly have been called the learned printer, knowing not only his own art to perfection, but knowing also the Hebrew, Greek, Latin, French, and German languages; and being not only the maker of books for others, but the author himself of several. His Treatise on Punctuation is an acknowledged authority on the subject. Emigrating from England to the United States in 1846, he established himself in business in Boston, the firm
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 3, Chapter 17: the disunion Convention.—1857. (search)
it a peculiarly suitable locality for a convention of national interest. 9. Burritt's convention Amid flagrant civil war, on a rapidly rising market for slave n steps were being actively taken to reopen the slave trade (ante, p. 411), Elihu Burritt started a preposterous movement for emancipation at less than half price, f abolition, the easier it was to secure the adhesion of the clergy at large, Mr. Burritt succeeded in putting forward the Rev. Eliphalet Nott, the Rev. Mark Hopkins,nded in the formation of a National Compensation Emancipation Society, with Elihu Burritt for its corresponding secretary, Lib. 27: 143, 148; and see for Mr. Garrison's comments on the movement and on the Convention Lib. 27: 58, 163. Burritt was thirty years behind Dr. Channing, who, interested by Lundy's personal advocacy of gm, and then betake himself to Africa. will be an excellent preparation for Elihu Burritt. ours. 10. After talking about Cleveland, a retreat to Syracuse will be
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 30: addresses before colleges and lyceums.—active interest in reforms.—friendships.—personal life.—1845-1850. (search)
. II. pp. 185, 206. Some of these qualifications and admissions were not well received by extreme Peace men. They were sharply criticised by Thomas Drew, Jr., in Burritt's Christian Citizen, and were not quite satisfactory to Amasa Walker. Elihu Burritt, Amasa Walker, John Jay, and other friends of Peace urged Sumner to attendElihu Burritt, Amasa Walker, John Jay, and other friends of Peace urged Sumner to attend the Peace Congress which was to meet in Paris in the summer of 1849, but he was unable to do so. Prof. W. S. Tyler, of Amherst, expressed a strong desire that he should undertake a general canvass of the West, where the war spirit was prevalent, in behalf of the cause of Peace. Of his recent address, Professor Tyler wrote July To Richard Cobden, July 9:— . . . The peace question, though appealing less palpably to the immediate interests of politicians, has been winning attention. Burritt has indefatigably visited distant places, and aroused or quickened an interest in the cause. His singleness of devotion to this work fills me with reverence. Pe
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 36: first session in Congress.—welcome to Kossuth.—public lands in the West.—the Fugitive Slave Law.—1851-1852. (search)
lution for an international system of post-office orders, with the view to facilitate the transmission of small sums of money between our own and other countries. He was always greatly interested in this reform, and was in correspondence with Elihu Burritt concerning it; and he renewed the proposition at subsequent sessions. With a view to cheapen postage generally, he called for information in detail concerning the foreign and domestic service. Other resolutions offered by him related to ves her husband. Mr. Seward himself wrote also from Auburn, September 22: Your speech is an admirable, a great, a very great one. That is my opinion; and every one around me, of all sorts, confesses it. The reformers were gladdened. Burritt, toiling in England for ocean penny postage, wept with joy and admiration while reading the magnificent speech. William Jay pronounced it worthy of the gentleman, the lawyer, and the Christian. His son John, as soon as he read the telegraphic
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Appendix III: translations of Mr. Longfellows works (search)
Forditotta Tamasfi Gy. 1885. Az Arany Legenda. Forditotta Janosi Gusztav. 1886. Russian Poem of Hiawatha. Moscow, 1878. Excelsior, and Other Poems. St. Petersburg: n. d. Other Languages Hiawatha, rendered into Latin, with abridgment. By Francis William Newman. London: 1862. Excelsior. Tr. into Hebrew by Henry Gersoni. n. d. A Psalm of Life. In Marathi. By Mrs. H. I. Bruce. Satara: 1878. The Same. In Chinese. By Jung Tagen. Written on a fan. The Same. In Sanscrit. By Elihu Burritt and his pupils. Ms. Judas Maccaboeus, a prose translation in Judea-German. Odessa, 1882. [The above list does not include reprints of Longfellow in the English language published in foreign countries; as, for instance, Evangeline published in Sweden in the Little English Library; Poems and fragments selected by Urda, published at Amsterdam, Holland, and various editions of Hyperion and other works in German editions, as mentioned in the introduction to this book.]
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