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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 1: Cambridge and Newburyport (search)
-puddings. However, Dr. Dewey was not there and country ministers have good digestions. . .. I sat with Edward Hale, Sam Longfellow, and [James] Richardson, perhaps the three pleasantest persons in the room. The latter I am going to send you to prey cordial to us, and I feel sure we shall know more of them. He is, perhaps, the most attractive poet I have known. Mr. Longfellow's polished gentlemanliness can be spared; and though he has not James Lowell's easy brilliancy, he yet makes himself ate last Thursday evening at James Lowell's where a select circle was invited to see him. Mrs. Putnam was there . . . Mr. Longfellow, Mr. Weiss, Mr. Owen (not of Lanark, but our publisher ), and one or two others scraped extempermently together. Thenatural and fresh. . . . Nevertheless it was a pleasant evening. I wanted to become acquainted with Mrs. Putnam, but Mr. Longfellow stood in the way — between two such linguists one yet imperfect in his Swedish has no chance. Maria Lowell is not le
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 2: the Worcester period (search)
trip to Brooklyn, Higginson wrote: I stayed with Sam Longfellow from Thursday night to Monday night. The former night and speak as earnestly of the importance of retaining Mr. Longfellow in Brooklyn as the Beecherites might of Beecher. The part of Plymouth. He . . . was classmate and crony of Sam Longfellow; and is certainly the finest specimen I have met of thher generation for me to have sat at the same table with Longfellow or Emerson, as it now seems that men should have sat at g a sort of luncheon before our dinner; viz., Holmes and Longfellow in half length and very admirable, by Buchanan Read (I d rate); also, by the same, a delicious painting of three Longfellow children-girls with their mother's eyes and Mary Greenlesing-room, and I found in another parlor Holmes, Lowell, Longfellow, Whipple, Edmund Quincy, Professor Stowe, Stillman the ahe bon mots privately circulated thereupon, the best was Longfellow's proposition that Miss Prescott should send down into h
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 3: Journeys (search)
ack Club (or Amperzanders as the boatmen call them) come and go. This summer there have been James Lowell, Estes Howe, Judge Hoar, Horace Gray; and Emerson and Longfellow and others are now coming. John Holmes came, carried in an armchair through the forest by four men; they said it was hard, but he was so funny. They are just s and have Darley's sketches passed about: some fine figures of guides and Indians at Moosehead. . . . Kensett came for a day with Tom Appleton, the renowned, Mrs. Longfellow's brother; Curtis, Mot Natelpha, a famous wit and connoisseur; he it was who said, Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris. August, 1860 The [boarding] house was further enlivened last night by the presence of Mr. Longfellow's son and heir . . . who with a companion sailed round from Nahant. Late in the evening — that is, probably so near the small hours as half-past 9--he was heard in the entry, rousing the echoes with the unwonted cry of Landlord! and when at last Mary Moo
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 7: Cambridge in later life (search)
er 7: Cambridge in later life These letters, when not otherwise specified, were written to Mr. Higginson's sister. The first one refers to the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the settlement of Cambridge when a reception was given to Longfellow by grammar-school children. December 31, 1880 ... The morning celebration was a charming scene; the way the eleven hundred children received Holmes and Longfellow was delightful, and L. looked infinitely picturesque in a richly furred wrappLongfellow was delightful, and L. looked infinitely picturesque in a richly furred wrapper, with his long white hair and beard. October 30, 1881 ... I had called on the Freemans at Tremont House; he is an ordinary-looking little squat Englishman with bushy beard; she is cheery and jolly. The thing that strikes them as strange in America is to see black women in the streets; they had hardly seen even black men before. She yearns to see a black baby, but they go soon to a son married in Virginia and will see plenty. I heard a good answer at Sunday-School from a little Irish
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, VI: in and out of the pulpit (search)
placed in a lawyer's office in Court Square. Great pains were taken to keep the plan a secret and I well remember the sinking of the heart with which I saw, on walking through Court Square on the evening planned for the enterprise, that masons were at work putting iron bars in the window of Sims' cell. The whole plan was thus frustrated. In this despairing mood the ardent young Abolitionist found some comfort in the attitude of his fellow clergymen, for he wrote:— I heard from Sam Longfellow a few weeks since that he was thinking of leaving Fall River. Among settled divines the game of Puss-in-the-corner seems growing harder and hotter. The Fugitive Slave Law has mightily stimulated it. But how finely our Unitarian brethren have done and are doing, on that point. It shows the clergy to be a grade above politicians, after all, that the capitalists have less power to muzzle the Reverends than the Honorables. Perhaps you read an editorial of mine in the Commonwealth, some 2
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 13: the Boston Radical Club: Dr. F. H. Hedge (search)
d Everett Hale, who had attended, and possibly taken part in, the services. The poet Longfellow had written a lovely hymn for the occasion, beginning with this line:— Christ to the young man said, Give me thy heart. Mr. Hale spoke of Sam Longfellow as a valued friend, and remarked upon the modesty and sweetness of his disposition. I saw him the other day, said Mr. Hale. He showed me a box of colors which he had long desired to possess, and which he had just purchased. 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 of the Spirit, and