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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Short studies of American authors, Poe. (search)
he chagrin with which I looked through Tieck, in my student-days, to find the Journey into the Blue distance to which Poe refers in the House of Usher; and how one of the poet's intimates laughed me to scorn for being deceived by any of Poe's citations, saying that he hardly knew a word of German. But, making all possible deductions, how wonderful remains the power of Poe's imaginative tales, and how immense is the ingenuity of his puzzles and disentanglements! The conundrums of Wilkie Collins never renew their interest after the answer is known; but Poe's can be read again and again. It is where spiritual depths are to be touched, that he shows his weakness; where he attempts it, as in William Wilson, it seems exceptional; where there is the greatest display of philosophic form, he is often most trivial, whereas Hawthorne is often profoundest when he has disarmed you by his simplicity. The truth is, that Poe lavished on things comparatively superficial those great intellectual
e will be remembered by many, in later life, as having been for many years the armless sergeant-at-arms of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The details are thus given by his regimental commander, Col. W. S. Clark: Report in Official War Records, XXI, 327. The 2d Brigade was now ordered to the front, and, forming in double line of battle, most gallantly and steadily moved across the plain, swept by the destructive fire of the enemy. When about sixty rods from the city, Color-Sergeant Collins of Company A [21st Mass.] was shot and fell to the ground, Sergeant Plunkett of Company E instantly seized the colors and carried them proudly forward to the farthest point reached by our troops during the battle. When the regiment had commenced the delivery of its fire about forty rods from the position of the rebel infantry, a shell was thrown, with fatal accuracy, at the colors, which again brought them to the ground wet with the life-blood of the brave Plunkett, both of whose a
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 4: (search)
An agreeable incident occurred on that last evening, which is thus described in the Journal:— I was just going out to make a visit to Mr. Bunsen, when I met a message from Miss Mackenzie of Seaforth, desiring me to come to her, as there was a gentleman at her house who had asked to see me. I went, and to my great surprise found Wordsworth with his fidus Achates, Robinson of the Temple. Mr. H. C. Robinson in his Diary says: We drank tea with Miss Mackenzie. She had sent messages to Collins and Kestner, but neither came. On the other hand, by mere accident seeing a card with Mr. Ticknor's name, I spoke of his being a friend of Wordsworth; on which she instantly sent to him, and, as he lived next door, he was soon with us, and greatly pleased to see Wordsworth, before setting off to-morrow for Florence. We had some excellent talk, and then both of them came home with me. They came to Rome yesterday, and will stay here two or three weeks, after which they travel slowly to the N
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Spenser (search)
ly enough, that Spenser could not have read the rules of Bossu, but adds that no man was ever born with a greater genius or more knowledge to support it. Pope says, There is something in Spenser that pleases one as strongly in one's old age as it did in one's youth. I read the Faery Queen when I was about twelve with a vast deal of delight; and I think it gave me as much when I read it over about a year or two ago. Thomson wrote the most delightful of his poems in the measure of Spenser; Collins, Gray, and Akenside show traces of him; and in our own day his influence reappears in Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, and Keats. Landor is, I believe, the only poet who ever found him tedious. Spenser's mere manner has not had so many imitators as Milton's, but no other of our poets has given an impulse, and in the right direction also, to so many and so diverse minds; above all, no other has given to so many young souls a consciousness of their wings and a delight in the use of them. He is
n, Nov. 30, 1717 Fly and Granville, two pirates, July 7, 1726 A young negro, for murder, May 17, 1751 William Wier, for murder, Nov. 19, 1754 Lewis Ames, for robbery, Oct. 21, 1773 Grant and Cover, on the Common, for murder, Oct. 28, 1784 Scott and Archibald, for murder, May 5, 1785 A. and J. Taylor, on Neck lands, for robbery, May 8, 1788 Two men and one woman, on the Common, for robbery, Oct. 8, 1789 Brown and Bailey, on the Common, for robbery, Oct. 16, 1790 Collins, Poliski and Testill, on the Common, July 30, 1794 John Stewart, on the Common, for robbery, Apr. 6, 1797 Stephen Smith, on the Common, for arson, Oct. 30, 1797 Samuel Tulley, a pirate, at South Boston, Dec. 10, 1812 Henry Phillips, on the Neck, for murder, Nov. 13, 1817 Roy, and three other pirates, on the Neck, Feb. 8, 1819 Michael Powers, on the Neck, for murder, May 25, 1820 Holmes, and two other pirates, on the Neck, June 25, 1820 Michael Martin, at East Cambrid
upplies of clothing and money from both Louisiana and Alabama. This, with the aid of my own wages, which, although I had refused to receive them, had accumulated and been placed to my account, and which I now drew, gave me excellent facilities for providing comforts, not only for the sick, but for the braves at the front, whose rations were growing small by degrees and beautifully less. Upon two occasions I received visits from the venerable Dr. Fenner, of Louisiana, and his colleague, Mr. Collins. Each time they left money and clothing, giving me large discretionary powers, although specifying that, as the money was supplied by Louisianians, the soldiers from that State should be first considered. Through Mr. Peter Hamilton, of Mobile, Alabama, I also received boxes of clothing and delicacies, and, upon two occasions, six hundred dollars in money, with the request, Of course, help our boys first, but in any case where sufferings or need exist, use your own judgment. As there we
nant-colonel; Poore, Robert H., major; Shelton, William D., major; White, William, major, lieutenant-colonel, colonel; Wood, William W., major, lieutenantcol-onel. Fourteenth Militia regiment (Eighteenth brigade): Harness, William H., colonel Fifteenth Cavalry battalion (Northern Neck Rangers. Transferred to Fifteenth Cavalry): Critcher, John, major. Fifteenth Cavalry regiment (consolidated with Fifth regiment, November 8, 1864): Ball, William B., colonel; Burroughs, Edgar, major; Collins, Charles Read, major, colonel; Critcher, John, lieutenant-colonel. Fifteenth Infantry regiment: August, Thomas P., colonel; Clarke, Charles H., major; Crenshaw, James R., lieutenant-colonel; Morrison, Emmet M., major, lieutenant-colonel; Peyton, Thomas G., major, lieutenant-colonel; Tucker, St. George, major, lieutenant-colonel; Walker, John Stewart, major. Sixteenth Cavalry battalion (transferred to Thirteenth Cavalry): Belsches, Benjamin W., major. Sixteenth Cavalry regiment: Fer
ounder. It is his first blow from the shoulder for self-defence and Union, and it braces him up for the work before him. We send our shells crashing into the woods with great rapidity, and while thus engaged, Chief of Artillery Randolph rides up behind us as cool as if on review, and in a clear voice, which by its deliberate accents inspires confidence, calls out, Don't fire so fast, men! Wait till you see a flash, then fire at it. But the flashes have grown less frequent. Meanwhile Col. Collins's First Brigade filed rapidly in and took position on our left and left front, protected in part by a rise of ground. After the action had lasted about twenty minutes the firing of the enemy ceased, as did that of the Battery. Then the infantry rose, and pouring in a volley, charged with a ringing cheer into the woods; but the Rebels had retreated before them, and the fight was ended. Our foe was said to be a body of Stuart's Cavalry, variously estimated at from five hundred to two th
of the 7th of October, the United States manof-war Wachusett, Captain Collins, ran into the Florida, intending to sink her, and very seriousther was put in a sweat-box for eighteen nights, because, said Captain Collins, He was seen talking, and when his master-at-arms came up, he crew were put ashore penniless, on the Island of St. Thomas, after Collins had promised to restore their money which had been taken from theming that the money-chest of the Florida had been opened, called on Collins to restore several hundred dollars, private funds, belonging to tht of Lieutenant Porter.) Upon the demand of Brazil, the act of Collins, commander of the Wachusett, was disavowed, and on the 20th of Decfessor Soley, of the United States navy, discussing the conduct of Collins, has said: The capture of the Florida was as gross and deliberate could have added that in the judgment of contemporaneous history, Collins' act was a cowardly one, and his treatment of the prisoners was br
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Beauregard's report of the battle of Drury's Bluff. (search)
e thoroughly demoralized and completely routed the long and serried lines of the enemy's infantry, causing them great loss in killed, wounded and prisoners, while Collins's battery did most effective service, and almost exceeded its usual superlative excellence in the accuracy of the fire and the devoted bravery of the company. opened upon Shelby with fifteen pieces of artillery, and continued to advance, but the resistance was as dogged as their advance was overwhelming. The section of Collins's battery, under the immediate command of Captain Collins, with almost unexampled courage, held the column of the enemy at bay, while the brigade swept from flankCaptain Collins, with almost unexampled courage, held the column of the enemy at bay, while the brigade swept from flank to flank, by the fierce fire of artillery and small arms, budged not until the order for retiring came. At nightfall the enemy had advanced but half a mile south of his position in the morning. At midnight I withdrew Shelby. The enemy had now reached the point where the roads from Washington, Camden and Louisville join, lookin
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