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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 52: Tenure-of-office act.—equal suffrage in the District of Columbia, in new states, in territories, and in reconstructed states.—schools and homesteads for the Freedmen.—purchase of Alaska and of St. Thomas.—death of Sir Frederick Bruce.—Sumner on Fessenden and Edmunds.—the prophetic voices.—lecture tour in the West.—are we a nation?1866-1867. (search)
ss. In the side-pocket of his coat which he had worn for the day was found the conclusion as it appeared in the magazine, Works, vol. XII. pp. 179-183. with one or two verbal changes, but without the amplification which he had probably intended to give it. He wrote to Lieber, September, 1867:— I am glad that you are interested in my article. Some of these voices' are curious enough. I did not introduce the Greenlanders, because their record is of discovery and not prophecy. Humboldt, in his first volume on the Discovery of America, discusses at great length the verses of Seneca, which had an influence on Columbus. The Italian verses of Pulci are remarkable. I am most interested by the later voices, where statesmanship is the inspiration. Aranda's counsels are memorable; so is the prophetic humor of that rare character the Abbe Galiani. I know nothing in all history more touching than that page from Alaman, the Mexican historian, pronouncing the doom of his own coun
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 20: (search)
r. A. v. Humboldt. Berlin, 9 May, 1858. Since so many benevolent persons, colored as well as white, in the United States, take an interest in me, it would be agreeable to me, my dear friend, if this letter, translated into English by you, could be printed, without omitting what relates to our mutual friendship. If you think it necessary you can add that I have myself begged of you this publication, because I leave unanswered so many letters that are addressed to me. To Baron Alexander Von Humboldt. Boston, U. S. A., July 8, 1858. my dear and Venerated friend,—I was much surprised to receive your letter of May 9. I was still more gratified. Indeed, I cannot tell you how much I was gratified by it. It contained such excellent news of yourself; it was so flattering to me that you should write to me at all. You are quite right in supposing that Agassiz will remain in the United States. In fact, he has never doubted. He is happily married. His social position is as a
Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, Louis Agassiz: his life and correspondence, third edition, Chapter 6: 1832: Aet. 25. (search)
de in the closest confidence,— in short, a transaction as between two friends of unequal age,—be disagreeable to you. I should wish to be pleasantly remembered by a young man of your character. Yours, with the most affectionate respect, Alexander Humboldt. With this letter was found the following note of acknowledgment, scrawled in almost illegible pencil marks. Whether sent exactly as it stands or not, it is evidently the first outburst of Agassiz's gratitude. My benefactor and fis own country was ripening into a definite project. His first letter on this subject to M. Louis Coulon, himself a well-known naturalist, and afterward one of his warmest friends in Nechatel, must have been written just before he received from Humboldt the note of the same date, which extricated him from his pecuniary embarrassment. Agassiz to Louis Coulon. Paris, March 27, 1832. . . . When I had the pleasure of seeing you last summer I several times expressed my strong desire to establ
Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, Louis Agassiz: his life and correspondence, third edition, Chapter 12: 1843-1846: Aet. 36-39. (search)
here is no room for picturesque description, and little is told of the wonderful scenes they witnessed by day and night, nothing of personal peril and adventure. This task concluded, he went to England, where he was to spend the few remaining days previous to his departure. Among the last words of farewell which reached him just as he was leaving the Old World, little thinking then that he was to make a permanent home in America, were these lines from Humboldt, written at Sans Souci: Be happy in this new undertaking, and preserve for me the first place under the head of friendship in your heart. When you return I shall be here no more, but the king and queen will receive you on this historic hill with the affection which, for so many reasons, you merit. . . . Your illegible but much attached friend, A. Humboldt. So closed this period of Agassiz's life. The next was to open in new scenes, under wholly different conditions. He sailed for America in September, 1846.
Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, Louis Agassiz: his life and correspondence, third edition, Chapter 16: 1850-1852: Aet. 43-45. (search)
e to Agassiz's collections, and to the embryo museum in Cambridge. It laid the foundation of a very complete collection of corals of all varieties and in all stages of growth. All the specimens, from huge coral heads and branching fans down to the most minute single corals, were given up to him, the value of the whole being greatly enhanced by the drawings taken on the spot from the living animals. To this period belongs also the following fragment of a letter to Humboldt. To Alexander Von Humboldt. [Probably 1852,—date not given.] . . . What a time has passed since my last letter! Had you not been constantly in my thoughts, and your counsels always before me as my guide, I should reproach myself for my silence. I hope my two papers on the medusae, forwarded this year, have reached you, and also one upon the classification of insects, as based upon their development. I have devoted myself especially to the organization of the invertebrate animals, and to the facts bearin
of the unequal contest inspires a compassion that is honorable to humanity. A. Humboldt, Nouv. Esp. i. 380. The weak demand sympathy. If a melancholy interest attaaws to language: the forms of grammar, the power of combinations, the pos- Alex. Humboldt, Voyage III 305. sibility of inversions, spring from within us, and are a coco, and from the, burning climes on the borders of that stream to the ice of Humboldt, Voyage, III. 306. the Straits of Magellan, the primitive American languages, he Pyrenees, the black man of Congo, and the copper-colored tribes of North A. Humboldt, Voy. III. 307; Researches, i. 19. America. Now, a characteristic so extens year, and, at the end of one hundred and four years, made their Interca- A von Humboldt. lation more accurately than the Greeks, the Romans, or the Egyptians. The d two hundred geographical miles, and at no moment need the mariner be more A. Humboldt's N. E. II. 501, &c. than forty leagues distant from land: and a chain of th
Death of the King of Prussia. Frederick William II., King of Prussia, whose death is announced by the Teutonic, off Cape Race, was born Oct. 15, 1795. In his early youth he became acquainted with the many learned men who have always abounded in Prussia, prominent among whom was Alexander Von Humboldt, who remained attached to him throughout his life. Frederick William succeeded to the throne of Prussia, June 7, 1840. Shortly after his access to power he terminated in a most successful manner a long-standing difficulty between the State and the Roman Catholics. Soon, however, the liberal Prussians began to lose confidence in him, when it became plainly discernible that his close alliance with his brother- in-law, Nicholas of Russia, caused him to take measures entirely at war with the progressive principles of constitutional reform. Much was done, nevertheless, for the internal improvement of Prussia, and the commercial union with North Germany, known until this day as the Zoll