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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, Literature as an art. (search)
pure literature. It is said that some high legal authority on copyright thus cites a case: One Moore had written a book which he called Irish Melodies, and so on. Now, as Aristotle defined the shipbuilder's art to be all of the ship but the wood, so the literary art displayed in Moore's Melodies was precisely the thing ignored in this citation. To pursue literature as an art is not therefore to be a mathematician nor a political economist; still less to be a successful journalist, like Greeley, or a lecturer with a thousand annual invitations, like Gough. These careers have really no more to do with literature than has the stage or the bar. Indeed, a man may earn twenty thousand dollars a year by writing sensation stories, and have nothing to do with literature in any high sense. But to devote one's life to perfecting the manner, as well as the matter, of one's work; to expatriate one's self long years for it, like Motley; to overcome vast physical obstacles for it, like Presco
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, V. James Fenimore Cooper (search)
s of both countries. The English, he thought, had a national propensity to blackguardism, and certainly the remarks he drew from them did something to vindicate the charge. When the London Times called him affected, offensive, curious, and ill-conditioned, and Fraser's magazine, a liar, a bilious braggart, a full jackass, an insect, a grub, and a reptile, they clearly left little for America to say in that direction. Yet Park Benjamin did his best, or his worst, when he called Cooper (in Greeley's New Yorker ) a superlative dolt and the common mark of scorn and contempt of every well-informed American ; and so did Webb, when he pronounced the novelist a base-minded caitiff who had traduced his country. Not being able to reach his English opponents, Cooper turned on these Americans, and spent years in attacking Webb and others through the courts, gaining little and losing much through the long vicissitudes of petty local lawsuits. The fact has kept alive their memory; but for Lowe
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, VIII: Emerson's foot-note person, --Alcott (search)
ned, with a sense of grateful relief, from this sally into the Kingdom of Mammon, back to my domicile in the Soul. There was, however, strangely developed in Alcott's later life an epoch of positively earning money. His first efforts at Western lectures began in the winter of 1853-54, and he returned in February, 1854. He was to give a series of talks on the representative minds of New England, with the circle of followers surrounding each; the subjects of his discourse being Webster, Greeley, Garrison, Margaret Fuller, Theodore Parker, Greenough, and Emerson; the separate themes being thus stated as seven, and the number of conversations as only six. Terms for the course were three dollars. By his daughter Louisa's testimony he returned late at night with a single dollar in his pocket, this fact being thus explained in his own language : Many promises were not kept and travelling is costly; but I have opened the way, and another year shall do better. Sanborn and Harris's A
etailing officers to take possession of the boat at Havre-de-Grace (meaning Perryville); Letter in Schouler, I, 99. and Capt. F. T. Newhall says the steamer was instantly taken without firing a shot. See letter in Schouler, I, 103. But Greeley, in his American Conflict, goes far beyond this. After describing the burnt bridges and the lack of cars, he proceeds: But General Butler was not a man to be stopped by such impediments. Seizing the spacious and commodious ferry steamer Maryland, he embarked his men thereon. Greeley, I, 468, 469. So the New York Commercial Advertiser (April 29, 1861) spoke of the Maryland, which had been seized by General Butler. (Rebellion Record, I, 49.) Nobody took the pains to point out that the steamer had on the preceding day (April 19) been retained for that precise purpose by the president of the road, Mr. Felton, who had also provided it with coal and a pilot for Annapolis; Mr. S. M. Felton's statement will be found in full in Schou
., where he began skirmishing with the enemy, but dared not make a serious attack until joined by the Third Corps. But, unfortunately, this body was doomed to be a further stumbling-block, for after crossing the river, Gen. French took the wrong road, which, carrying him too far to the right, involved him in serious trouble with Johnson's Division of Ewell's Corps, and by the time he had finished the brush the afternoon was far spent and the golden opportunity had passed. According to Mr. Greeley, he seems to have played at cross purposes with the implicit commands of his superior. See American Conflict, p. 400, Vol. II. Hill's Corps now coming up, the Rebel army fell back and took position along the left bank of Mine Run. Little remains to be said not already given. On the 28th Warren was sent to find the enemy's right, and, if he deemed it feasible, to flank and turn it. He completed his observations on the 29th, and reported the situation favorable for an attack. At the sa
ailed, but each had suffered too severely to assume the offensive. During the day the Battery was separated, the left section resuming position in the ploughed field, near an Irishman's cabin. At night the sections came together again and went down on the flat, back of the ridge to pass the night. The losses of the Union army in this battle are put at 20,000, including killed, wounded, and missing, and those of the enemy, by their own statements, as at least 8,000. American Conflict. Greeley. Morning of the 8th dawned warm and smoky. It was the Sabbath, but its holy associations were lost sight of in the unceasing activities of war, and an- Where the Battery stood in the Wilderness as it looked in 1890. other movement was projected, having for its object the passing around Lee's right flank by a march to the left, and placing our army at Spottsylvania Court House between him and Richmond. This was the first in that continued series of moves by the left flank which did n
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Last days of the army of Northern Virginia. (search)
ays of the army of Northern Virginia. An address delivered by Hon. Thomas G. Jones, Governor of Alabama, before the Virginia division of the Association of the army of Northern Virginia at the Annual meeting, Richmond, Va., October 12th, 1893. The President, Hon. George L. Christian, having called the meeting to order, in glowing terms, introduced the orator. Governor Jones, after appropriately acknowledging the kind introduction of the chairman, said: Posterity will admit, as Greeley does in his American Conflict, that the Confederacy had no alternative to staying its arm at Sumter but its own dissolution. The smoke in Charleston harbor had hardly cleared away before there arose in sight of the world the heroic figure of the Army of Northern Virginia. Many have questioned its cause, but none have ever doubted it. Washington and Richmond are about 120 miles apart; and in assault or defence of these cities each section put forth its mightiest effort. The first army
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.6 (search)
mber 8, 1860, and the next morning, November 9th, Mr. Greeley's New York Tribune contained the following: e of his widely-circulated and influential paper, Mr. Greeley said: We must ever resist the asserted right oubted by many whether such action would be taken, Mr. Greeley said: If it (the Declaration of Independence) h them by military force. In the same issue of Mr. Greeley's paper we read the following: If seven or eig. This conservative view of the question which Mr. Greeley gave to the world with such emphasis, and in whicharacteristic persistence of that able leader. Mr. Greeley also said: Any attempt to compel them by forcee of the nations of the earth. After all this, Mr. Greeley's paper continued to indorse the action of all so was possible for language to enable it to do so. Mr. Greeley said: We have repeatedly said, and we once mort, we will do our best to forward their views. Mr. Greeley was earnestly and ably supported in his views by
— Seward Yielding, but Greeley Valiant — Another rumored &c. Washington, Dec. 3, --The President's plan South Carolina to postpone secession on the 4th of March next will hardly avail.-- As South Carolina member said to me this evening, "We have spiked that gun." Senator Seward is willing to grant the South Almost anything, but the Tribune of this morning says, "Let the winds howl on; the free States will not surrender their principles on account of threatened disunion." Greeley's own article states the case, but takes no decided ground, so there is no day light yet. All that money, beauty, place and power, can do, will be brought to bear in favor of Union. We shall see Southerners, heretofore fiery, backing down. Messrs Cobb, Thompson, Jeff, Davis, and Fitzpatrick of Alabama, have, it is rumored, yielded to the President's pious appeal for staving off secession. If so, the South will be paralyzed, and the Union saved for a time.--Mississippi is reporte
The Daily Dispatch: January 22, 1861., [Electronic resource], The Shipping at the Gosport (Va.) Navy yard. (search)
Then we shall have it. The agrarianism which has remained for a quarter of a century in abeyance is to be again unchained. Abolition having produced its fullest extent of evil, proletarianise is to become its substitute. Capital and free labor are to be arrayed in opposition, just as slave property and ownership have been made the basis hitherto of an 'irrepressible conflict.' Anarchy is to be preached in the shop, anarchy on the farm, anarchy on shipboard, and from the verge of Maine to the distant prairies and to the Pacific, the rights of property are to be discussed as a religious question, involving sin in the capitalist and dire oppression, to be resisted to the blood by those whom accumulated wealth employs." This result, the Herald adds, may not come for five, ten or twenty years, but it is the inevitable tendency of the teaching of the Beecher, Greeley, &c., school. It required a quarter of a century to bring abolitionism to its climax. But it has come at last.
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