hide Matching Documents

Your search returned 34 results in 14 document sections:

1 2
a young man migrated to Petersburgh, as an employee of George P. Dorris, a merchant king of that day. Mr. Dorris had a dry-goods establishment in the town of Petersburgh, where my father met my mother, Elizabeth Hicks La Fontaine. Grandfather La Fontaine was one of the French Huguenots who settled in western Illinois and Missouri at a very early date. My grandfather owned large tracts of land in Missouri and many slaves. My Grandmother La Fontaine was a cousin of General Sterling Price, of MLa Fontaine was a cousin of General Sterling Price, of Mexican War and Confederate fame. When my father and mother were married, grandfather gave my mother, as a wedding-present, a colored man, his wife, and two children. Soon after my birth, my Grandfather Cunningham, having liberated his slaves in Tennessee, removed to southern Illinois, and became urgent for my father to come to him to look after him in his declining years. Full of filial affection, father decided that he could not resist Grandfather Cunningham's appeal. He therefore disp
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Elizur Wright (search)
ul, in spite of his highly nervous temperament, if he ever lost a night's sleep. When he was editing the Chronotype, and waiting for the telegraphic news to arrive, he would sometimes lie down on a pile of newspapers and go to sleep in less than half a minute. For mental relaxation he studied the higher mathematics and wrote poetry-much of it very good. His faith in Divine Providence was absolute. He had the soul of a hero. During his first years in Boston, Elizur Wright translated La Fontaine's Fables into English verse,--one of the best metrical versions of a foreign poet,--and it is much to be regretted that the book is out of print. It did not sell, of course, and Elizur Wright, determined that neither he nor the publisher should lose money on it, undertook to sell it himself. In carrying out this plan he met with some curious experiences. He called on Professor Ticknor, who received him kindly, spoke well of his translation, offered to dispose of a number of copies, but
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 2, Chapter 3: the Clerical appeal.—1837. (search)
ration of Sentiments—without broaching sentiments which are novel and shocking to the community, and which seem to me to have no logical sequence from the principles on which we are associated as abolitionists. I cannot but regard the taking hold of one great moral enterprise while another is in hand and but half achieved, as an outrage upon common sense, somewhat like that of the dog crossing the river with his meat. It was about this time that Mr. Wright first made acquaintance with La Fontaine's Fables, and began the metrical version of them which is today the best in the language (see the advertisement to the first edition, 1841). But you have seen fit to introduce to the public some novel views—I refer especially to your sentiments on government and religious perfection—and they have produced the effect which was to have been expected. And now, considering what stuff human nature is made of, is it to be wondered at that some honest-hearted, thoroughgoing abolitionists should<
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 3, Chapter 1: re-formation and Reanimation.—1841. (search)
begin the practice in Boston the following year (Stanton's Random Recollections, 2d ed., p. 58). He was supposed to be aiming at a seat in Congress (Lib. 12: 127), and though he never attained it, in spite of a Liberty Party nomination (Lib. 14: 174), he remained a politician to the end of his days. Wright is—we scarcely know Elizur Wright. A. A. Phelps. where; and doing—we know not what. Beriah Green knew, though he put the question to Mr. Wright (Lib. 11: 82), What are you at? Has La Fontaine led you off altogether from the field of battle? The preface to Wright's translation bears date September, 1841. Meantime the apologetic, pro-slavery conduct of the Free American by a clerical successor of Torrey (Lib. 11: 82, 91), whom even he had to denounce, forced the Mass. Abolition Society to make a shift of securing Mr. Wright's services as editor once more in June, 1841 (Lib. 11.99). He was succeeded by Leavitt as above, and the paper became the Emancipator and Free American (L
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 12: Whittier the poet (search)
bove the perils and temptations of a merely literary career. Though always careful in his work, and a good critic of the work of others, he usually talked by preference upon subjects not literary-politics, social science, the rights of labour. He would speak at times, if skilfully led up to it, about his poems, and was sometimes, though rarely, known to repeat them aloud; but his own personality was never a favourite theme with him, and one could easily fancy him as going to sleep, like La Fontaine, at the performance of his own opera. In his antislavery poetry he was always simple, always free from that excess or over-elaborateness of metaphor to be seen sometimes in Lowell. On the other hand he does not equal Lowell in the occasional condensation of vigorous thought into great general maxims. Lowell's Verses suggested by the present Crisis followed not long after Whittier's Massachusetts to Virginia, and, being printed anonymously, was at first attributed to the same author.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Index. (search)
yd Garrison and his Times, mentioned, 72; introduction to, quoted, 73-75. Johnson, Samuel 162. Johnson, the Misses, 180. Journal of the Times, the, quoted, 25; mentioned, 73. Julian Hall, Boston, 59. K. Kansas, 64, 78. Keats, John, 50, 142. Kelley, Abby, 81. Kellogg, F. W., 108. Kennebec River, 36. Kennedy, William S., his Whittier, quoted, 84-86. Kent, Colonel, 58. Kent, George, 58, 59. Kittery , Me., 142. Kittredge, Mr., 41, 42. Knapp, Isaac, 76. L. La Fontaine, de, Jean, 160. Lamb, Charles, 105, 126, 128. Latimer, George, case of, 94. Law, Jonathan, 38. Law, Mrs., Jonathan, 39. Leverett Street, Boston, 74. Liberator, the, established, 48; mentioned, 66, 76, 78. Liberty Party, the, 68. Linton, W. J., 145, 165; his Whittier, quoted, 64; cited, 166 n. Lippincott, Mrs. Sarah J., Whittier's letter to, 45, 46. Literary World, the, quoted, 98, 99; mentioned, 176, 177. Little Pilgrim, the, mentioned, 6. Livermore, Harriet,
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 5: (search)
almost any man of his time. . . . . I dined with Prof. Sprengel. The dinner was poor,—such an one, perhaps, as few German professors would have been humble enough to have asked a stranger to; but, what I have not found before in a single instance, he made no apologies. The consequence was, that I was well contented, and had leisure to admire the extent of his literary knowledge, which, without the least show, was gradually opened to me. After dinner he carried me to his neighbor, La Fontaine's, author of a great number of romances, one of which, The Village Curate, has been republished in America. He is sixty or sixty-five, lives very pleasantly just outside the town, on the beautiful banks of the Saal. His mode of life is rather curious. He is in the church, but his place is merely nominal, and to support himself in living as he likes he writes. This he does not find pleasant, and therefore writes no more than is necessary. Twice in the year he labors night and day, pro
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), chapter 26 (search)
s., John, 456. Kestner, Charlotte Buff, 78. King, Rufus, 350, 351. Kingsley, Professor, 14. Kirkland, President of Harvard College, letters to, 321-323, 332, 355, 360, 368. Klopstock, F. G., 125. Knapp, Professor, 112, 113. Krause of Weisstropp, 476. L Laboucheri, Henry (Lord Taunton), 408, 411. La Carolina, 223. Lacerda, 246, 247, 249. Lacretelle, Charles, 133-135, 139. Lafayette, General Marquis de, 139, 143, 161, 152, 155, 257, 263, 344 and note, 350, 351. La Fontaine, Auguste, 112. Lagrange, visits, 151, 152. La Granja. See St. Ildefonso. Lamartine, A. de, 470 note. Lamb, Charles, 294. Lansdowne, Marchioness of, 413, 415. Lansdowne, Marquess of, 263, 264, 430. La Place, Marquis de, 255. Lardner, Dr., Dionysius, 425 and note. Lauderdale, Lord, 264. Lausanne, visits, 152, 155. Laval, Montmorency, Duc Adrien de, 128, 137, 188, 189, 193, 194 note, 204 note, 209, 210, 212-214, 218, 258, 295, 309, 311; letters from, 303, 305; d
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 6: (search)
nge's book-shop and two or three other similar establishments to-day. They are less ample and less well supplied with classical books of all kinds than they used to be. The living literature, too, does not much figure in them, and from what I could judge and learn, especially in a long and somewhat curious conversation with the elder Bossange, I suppose the booksellers now are driven for a good deal of their profits to reprinting popular authors with extravagant ornaments, like Gil Blas, La Fontaine, and Paul and Virginia, which have recently been published with engravings on every page . . . . September 20.—I had a visit from Von Raumer this morning. He is in Paris to consult and make extracts from the Archives of the Foreign Affairs, and is now near the end of a two-months' labor for his great historical work, like that which he gave to it, last year and the year before, in London. He says he has found an immense mass of materials, and that he is permitted to search where he l
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), chapter 30 (search)
stropp, I. 476, II. 10. Kremsmunster Monastery, II 27-30. Kurta of St. Florian, H. 25, 26, 27. L Ladouchefe, Henry (Lord Taunton) I. 408, 411, II. 822, 871, 372, 886, 482. Labouchere, Lady, Mary, II. 872, 385, 386. La Cajeta, II. 385. La Carolina, I. 223. Lacerda, I. 246, 247, 249. Lacretelle, Charles, I. 133-135, 139. Lafayette, General Marquis de, I. 139, 148, 151, 152, 155, 257, 263, 44 and note, 360, 351, II. 106, 494. Lafayette, Madame de, II. 106. La Fontaine, Auguste, I. 112. Lagrange, visits, I. 151, 152. La Granja. See St. Ildefonso. Laharpe, General, II. 35, 36. Lake George, visits, II. 281 and note, 289. Lallemand, General, II. 113. Lamartine, A. de, I. 470 note, II. 116, 117, 119, 128, 136, 137, 141. Lamb, Charles, I. 294. Lamb, Sir, Frederic, II. 1. Lansdowne, Marchioness of, I. 418, 415, II. 151. Lansdowne, Marquess of, I. 263, 264, 430, II. 145, 146, 151, 259, 323, 324, 325, 363, 366, 371, 380. La Place
1 2