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Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 4: home life: my father (search)
yself like a young damsel of olden time, shut up within an enchanted castle. And I must say that my dear father, with all his noble generosity and overweening affection, sometimes appeared to me as my jailer. My brother's return from Europe and subsequent marriage opened the door a little for me. It was through his intervention that Mr. Longfellow first visited us, to become a valued and lasting friend. Through him in turn we became acquainted with Professor Felton, Charles Sumner, and Dr. Howe. My brother was very fond of music, of which he had heard the best in Paris and in Germany. He often arranged musical parties at our house, at which trios of Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert were given. His wit, social talent, and literary taste opened a new world to me, and enabled me to share some of the best results of his long residence in Europe. My father's jealous care of us was by no means the result of a disposition tending to social exclusiveness. It proceeded, on the contra
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 10: a chapter about myself (search)
Chapter 10: a chapter about myself If I may sum up in one term the leading bent of my life, I will simply call myself a student. Dr. Howe used to say of me: Mrs. Howe is not a great reader, but she always studies. Albeit my intellectual pursuits have always been such as to task my mind, I cannot boast that I have acquireMrs. Howe is not a great reader, but she always studies. Albeit my intellectual pursuits have always been such as to task my mind, I cannot boast that I have acquired much in the way of technical erudition. I have only drawn from history and philosophy some understanding of human life, some lessons in the value of thought for thought's sake, and, above all, a sense of the dignity of character above every other dignity. Goethe chose well for his motto the words:— Die Zeit ist mein Vormachtipline and instruction which I, never having received, was quite unable to give them. During the first years of my residence at the Institution for the Blind, Dr. Howe delighted in inviting his friends to weekly dinners, which cost me many unhappy hours. My want of training and of forethought often caused me to forget some ver
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 11: anti-slavery attitude: literary work: trip to Cuba (search)
which visited Charles Sumner never fell upon Dr. Howe. This may have been because the active life th her Mr. Eames entered the room, and said, Mrs. Howe, my wife has always had a menagerie here in e had planned a journey in South America, and Dr. Howe had promised to accompany him. The sudden faiHavana, he was able to go about somewhat with Dr. Howe. He had, however, a longer voyage before himou the Mrs. Hampton? She asked, Are you the Mrs. Howe? We became friends at once. The Hamptons wtanzas, where we passed a few pleasant days. Dr. Howe was very helpful to the beautiful invalid. Smean to fight for it, said Wade Hampton. But Dr. Howe afterwards said to me: They cannot be in earn now spoken of that I first saw Edwin Booth. Dr. Howe and I betook ourselves to the Boston Theatre ecame one of his victims. I say this because Dr. Howe made the purchase without much deliberation. ook which ran much out of its proper course. Dr. Howe converted it into a most charming outof-door [4 more...]
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 12: the Church of the Disciples: in war time (search)
near at hand. Parker was soon made aware of Dr. Howe's views, but no estrangement ensued between t. It may have been a year or more later that Dr. Howe said to me: Do you remember that man of whom body of men on the arsenal at Harper's Ferry. Dr. Howe presently came in, and I told him what I had man Clarke, Governor Andrew, and my husband. Dr. Howe had already passed beyond the age of militaryerests of the newly freed slaves. Although Dr. Howe had won his spurs many years before this time armed men seated on the ground near a fire. Dr. Howe explained to me that these were the pickets dswered back, Good for you! Mr. Clarke said, Mrs. Howe, why do you not write some good words for tof its success, one of my good friends said, Mrs. Howe ought to die now, for she has done the best seated ourselves in the car, he said to me, Mrs. Howe, I will sit beside you, but you must not expctor gave me the nickname of Madame Comment (Mrs. Howe), and I told him that he was the most perfec[7 more...]
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 13: the Boston Radical Club: Dr. F. H. Hedge (search)
Sam said to me, I thought I might have this now. He was fond of sketching from nature. Years after this time, I heard Mr. Longfellow preach at the Hawes Church in South Boston. After the service I invited him to take a Sunday dinner with Dr. Howe and myself. He consented, and I remember that in the course of our conversation he said, Theodore Parker has made things easier for us young ministers. He has demolished so much which it was necessary to remove. The collection entitled Hymns st. To speak of my first impressions of Dr. F. H. Hedge, I must turn back to the autumn of 1841, when he delivered his first Phi Beta address at Harvard College. This was the summer already mentioned as having brought my first meeting with Dr. Howe. Commencement and Phi Beta in those days were held in the early autumn, and my sisters and I were staying at a cottage in Dorchester when we received an invitation from Mrs. Farrar, of hospitable memory, to pass the day at her house, with other
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 14: men and movements in the sixties (search)
rers, and that one who was reported to have wondered what Mrs. Howe was driving at had spoken the mind of many of those preseof the Cretans to the sympathy of the civilized world. Dr. Howe's appearance did not indicate his age. His eye was brighte in a very destitute condition. In the spring of 1867 Dr. Howe determined to visit Greece, in order to have a nearer vieafter some years of widowhood, the wife of Luther Terry. Dr. Howe hastened on to Athens, taking with him our eldest daughtethe Piraeus, we were met by a messenger, who told us that Dr. Howe had just escaped a serious danger at sea, and was too mucof anxious uncertainty, a favorable breeze sprang up, and Dr. Howe tore down the canvas canopy which had shielded the deck fen set upon his head by the Turkish authorities in Crete, Dr. Howe persisted in his determination to visit the island. His am ugly, but am I the ugliest person that you ever saw? Maud Howe said the other day that she had never seen any one so ugl
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 15: a woman's peace crusade (search)
owing, David Dudley Field, an eminent member of the New York bar, and a lifelong advocate; of international arbitration, made a very eloquent and convincing address. In the spring of the year 1872 I visited England, hoping by my personal presence to effect the holding of a Woman's Peace Congress in the great metropolis of the civilized world. In Liverpool, I called upon Mrs. Josephine Butler, whose labors in behalf of her sex were already well known in America. Mrs. Butler said to me, Mrs. Howe, you have come at a fortunate moment. The cruel immorality of our army regulations, separating so great a number of our men from family life, is much in the public mind just at present. This is a good time in which to present the merits and the bearings of peace. Mrs. Butler suggested that I might easily find opportunities of speaking in various parts of England, and added some names to the list of friends of peace with which I had already provided myself. Among these were Mr. and Mrs
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 17: the woman suffrage movement (search)
e goose is sauce for the gander; and I could not help asking permission to suggest a single question, upon which a prominent Boston lawyer instantly replied: No, Mrs. Howe, you may not [speak]. We wish to use all our time. The chairman of the committee here interposed, saying: Mr. Blank, it does not belong to you to say who shall On the opening day of the fair General Butler, who was then governor of Massachusetts, presided. In introducing me, he said, in a playfully apologetic manner, Mrs. Howe may say some things which we might not wish to hear, but it is my office to present her to this audience. He probably thought that I was about to speak of womaunding a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. A choir of melodious voices sang my Battle Hymn, and all listened while I spoke of Garrison, Sumner, Andrew, Phillips, and Dr. Howe. A New Orleans lady who was present, Mrs. Merritt, also made a brief address, bidding the colored people remember that they had good friends at the South also,
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 18: certain clubs (search)
Chapter 18: certain clubs At a tea-party which took place quite early in my club career, Dr. Holmes expatiated at some length upon his own unfitness for club association of any kind. He then turned to me and said, Mrs. Howe, I consider you eminently clubable. The hostess of the occasion was Mrs. Josiah Quincy, Jr., a lady of much mark in her day, interested in all matters of public importance, and much given to hospitality. I shall make the doctor's remark the text for a chapter giving some account of various clubs in which I have had membership and office. The first of these was formed in the early days of my residence in Boston. It was purely social in design, and I mention it here only because it possessed one feature which I have never seen repeated. It consisted of ten or more young women, mostly married, and all well acquainted with one another. Our meetings took place fortnightly, and on the following plan. Each of us was allowed to invite one or two gentlemen
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 19: another European trip (search)
was one, of whom I was told that she possessed every advantage of wealth and social position. She was attired like a woman of fashion, and yet she proved to be an ardent suffragist. Somewhat in contrast with these sober doings was a ball given by the artist Healy at his residence. In accepting the invitation to attend this party, I told Mrs. Healy in jest that I should insist upon dancing with her husband, whom I had known for many years. Soon after my entrance Mrs. Healy said to me, Mrs. Howe, your quadrille is ready for you. See what company you are to have. I looked and beheld General Grant and M. Gambetta, who led out Mrs. Grant, while her husband had Mrs. Healy for his partner. At this ball I met Mrs. Evans, wife of the wellknown dentist, who, in 1870, aided the escape of the Empress Eugenie. Mrs. Evans wore in her hair a diamond necklace, said to have been given to her by the Empress. I found in Paris a number of young women, students of art and medicine, who appea
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