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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life 261 5 Browse Search
Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1 47 1 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 36 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 2 36 18 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 22 2 Browse Search
The Cambridge of eighteen hundred and ninety-six: a picture of the city and its industries fifty years after its incorporation (ed. Arthur Gilman) 21 7 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment 21 1 Browse Search
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899 19 3 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises 18 0 Browse Search
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall) 12 0 Browse Search
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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, I: Inheritance (search)
I: Inheritance Thomas Wentworth Higginson came from a race of large-minded, free-handed men. Beginning with the Reverend Francis Higginson, of Puritan fame, and coming down through the line of his descendants, we see a striking repetition of certain traits and habits. Confining ourselves, for instance, to the successive Sten the old burying-ground on Boston Common, marked by the inscription, In works of Love he found his happiness. These family traits were bequeathed to Thomas Wentworth Higginson and were in no way weakened by the transmission. Combined with these was an ardent love of adventure, which may be traced in a degree to his sailor gragel! The first son born to the Storrows was Thomas Wentworth, for whom the subject of this memoir was named. The second daughter, Louisa, mother of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, inherited the strong character and sound common sense with the grace and charm of Anne Appleton. Left an orphan at an early age, she was received as a
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, III: the boy student (search)
s literary tendencies. The lifelong friendship between Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Edward Everett Hale also began while they were underg a month later his diary contained this caution:— Look out, Higginson, or your resolution, top of page 13, will go to grass! The college occasion on which this translation was presented to the public, Higginson wrote in later life:— There lies before me a printed prograid n't perceive it & thought it good. In order to save time, Mr. Higginson constantly used abbreviations as above. Such words are hencefospering frequently. At this age, as well as in maturer years, Higginson was easily lulled to sleep by monotonous lectures or sermons. His berth on the Norwich boat. At New York he was pleased to see Mr. Higginson's arrival announced in a newspaper; and while at the Astor Houscellaneous reading than most youths of eighteen. In 1906, Colonel Higginson wrote on the fly-leaf of one of his old textbooks (Professor
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, V: the call to preach (search)
livening. Oh it is the nicest room I know anywhere in its situation. . . the back part veiled into a bedroom by tall curtains a la Greque (secondhand—the gift of our liberal fellow citizen L. L. Thaxter, Esq.)— and the rest of the room filled up with superb furniture, among which shine pre-eminent two sulphur colored chairs, a contribution from Brattleboroa —white curtains veil the windows, ditto the bookcase. Over the floor spreads a many hued carpet, put down by the fair hands of Mr. T. W. Higginson. . . . Parker is the only person I see—there are only one or two others of my class here, and no others I care much about—though I have half a dozen visiting acquaintance. . . . I lead a nice oysterlike life with occasional trips to Brookline and Boston. . . . Commons I like very much. To his mother who was anxious about her son's frugal diet, he wrote:— As to commons you must be satisfied too, you rebellious little thing—don't I tell you that we have an unlimited s
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, VII: the free church (search)
departure of one from this community whose purity of life, earnestness of purpose, restless energy, and remarkable abilities are universally acknowledged, we suffer a severe and an irreparable loss, and that our regret at the removal of the Rev. T. W. Higginson to Worcester is relieved only by the consideration that wherever he may be he will not cease in his efforts for the elevation of mankind. Shortly before removing his household goods the faithful chronicler reported:— Here we arh my whole hand. . . . I have spent a large part of my life in trying to set men upon their legs who were constitutionally disqualified for standing there. Many years later, in 1882, Mr. Higginson received a most unexpected tribute to his public work in Worcester. This was a bequest of five hundred dollars from a former resident of that town. The donor in his will left this sum to Thos. Wentworth Higginson as a mark of my abiding appreciation of his noble labors in the city of Worcester.
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, VIII: Anthony Burns and the Underground railway (search)
fugitive slave question was seething, and Mr. Higginson wrote to a friend, George William Curtis, ery, the Anthony Burns affair occurred. Colonel Higginson was often called upon in his later yearsudden dismissal of the audience. Meantime Mr. Higginson went with a few others to Court Square to beam was procured and with this implement Mr. Higginson and one or two others proceeded to force a the court-house. When the door gave way, Mr. Higginson and a Negro sprang inside and were instantt, always on hand. Several years later, Mr. Higginson wrote to a friend, Did you ever see an extust be made. There are many letters to Mr. Higginson from Rev. Samuel May, Jr., in reference to In reference to this curious episode, Mr. Higginson's old Newburyport friend, Caroline Andrews (Leighton) writes:— Mr. Higginson was much moved at the situation of this lovely child. He e grim days; and in the midst of tragedies Mr. Higginson wrote to his mother:— One funny thin[16 more...]<
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, IX: the Atlantic Essays (search)
vember, 1853, Mr. F. H. Underwood wrote to Mr. Higginson, asking for aid from his pen for a new litded to insert it. In the diary of 1890, Mr. Higginson wrote, Much gratified at letter from Miss cle, and his would have been half lies. Mr. Higginson himself wrote to Harriet Prescott: .change of scene. One of his journeys took Mr. Higginson to Maine, and he wrote from Orono:— ascent of Mount Katahdin. This letter to Mrs. Higginson was written from Bangor:— I am writiings so many here from Worcester. One says, Higginson. He's the great abolitionist from Worcesterready to mount up with wings as eagles. Mr. Higginson wrote an account of this expedition for Pagain in the daily routine of parish work, Mr. Higginson felt the need of more leisure for thought nt from anything they had seen before. In Mr. Higginson's Atlantic paper, Fayal and the Portuguesery Society. The home-coming from Fayal Mr. Higginson described in this letter to his mother:— [10 more...
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, X: a ride through Kansas (search)
c meeting was held in Worcester to welcome Mr. Higginson home and promote emigration to Kansas, andrth Higginson Centre! On September 24, Mr. Higginson wrote home from Topeka:— I got here elating the suffering of the new settlers, Mr. Higginson quoted a man whom he had known at the Eastto the Tribune, dated Lawrence, October 4, Mr. Higginson said:— Last Sunday I preached in thitian Register of September 26, 1857, heard Mr. Higginson preach on that occasion and thus describeds return trip from the afflicted territory Mr. Higginson wrote:— Steamboat Cataract, agrounof the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, Mr. Higginson thus spoke of his western visit:— I aration between free and slave States, and Mr. Higginson's name led the signatures. This meeting wby Wendell Phillips, William Lloyd Garrison, Higginson, and 6400 others. This proposed convention,h slavery. While in St. Louis in 1856, Mr. Higginson attended the slave market, and wrote the f[12 more.
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XI: John Brown and the call to arms (search)
ho were interested in the Kansas struggle, Mr. Higginson's first interview with him was in the wintt important undertaking of my whole life. Mr. Higginson asked if this project was connected with tNew Hampshire. Not being able to do this, Mr. Higginson met Brown in Boston in March. The impress or guide them to Canada. In this project Mr. Higginson and his friends were willing to cooperate inter or spring. This proposed delay made Mr. Higginson very impatient, and he wrote to Brown, Mayurging them not to give up the ship. When Mr. Higginson talked this matter over with Brown, meetinion to delay, and said, to quote a letter of Higginson's describing the interview, If he [Brown] hanxious about future operations, and asked if Higginson could do anything for him before the followi859, and again in April, Sanborn appealed to Higginson for more funds; and May 1, the latter wrote urope to avoid threatened prosecution, but Mr. Higginson stood his ground, declaring it a duty to a[3 more...]
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XIII: Oldport Days (search)
time he received an invitation to become chancellor of the State University of Nebraska. Such things gratify me, he said, but I should give up my literary life very unwillingly. He was also urged to apply for the collectorship of Newport, which he declined to do. Some of the attentions which he received caused the recipient much amusement. For instance, he wrote in 1877:— I had such an odd letter from a New York pilot who has just built a fine vessel and wished to name it after T. W. Higginson as a Christian, philanthropist and a whole string of epithets which were quite intoxicating till they ended with and one of the most eminent bankers in New England. This not being my strong point I was convinced at last that he had jumbled George H. [the father of Henry Lee Higginson] and me hopelessly together, so I sent the letter to George H.—with the less reluctance as he [the pilot] delicately hinted at least that I should be expected to provide the maiden suit of colors at $75 in
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XVI: the crowning years (search)
the door opened, and in stepped Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson. I shall never forget his appeaspect which is its due . . . . Since I saw Mr. Higginson cast his vote, I have never failed to takef my hat when casting mine. In 1892, Colonel Higginson's devoted sister Anna died, and he wrote an oration will be delivered by Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson. The author's seventieth birtymns—an entire surprise and delight. Colonel Higginson's own physician was confident of his rec a similar meeting in Worcester at which Colonel Higginson presided, this extract is taken:— e monument Jan. 25, 1902. Several of Colonel Higginson's poems were set to music, Sixty and Sixund her well To Lionel. In 1899-1900 Colonel Higginson gave a course of lectures before the Lowicon. You have earned a fair repose, Thomas Wentworth Higginson! This poem Colonel Higginson called Colonel Higginson called one of the greatest laurels I ever won. He thus alluded in his diary to the celebration:— Dec. [2 more...
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