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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 10: forecast (search)
ackeray's Warrington of Pendennis, to have been the author of Hayley's verses? Yet Hayley was, in his day, as Southey testifies, by popular election the king of the English poets; and he was held so important a personage that he received, what probably no other author ever has won, a large income for the last twelve years of his life in return for the prospective copyright of his posthumous memoirs. Miss Anna Seward, writing to Sir Walter Scott in 1786, ranks him and the equally forgotten Mason as the two foremost poets of the day; she calls Hayley's poems magnolias, roses, and amaranths, and pronounces his esteem a distinction greater than monarchs hold it in their power to bestow. Yet probably nine out of ten who shall read these lines will have to consult a biographical dictionary to find out who Hayley was; while his odd protege, William Blake, whom the fine ladies of his day wondered at Hayley for patronizing, is now a favorite with lovers of literature and art. It makes i
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, English men of letters. (search)
English men of letters. Edited by John Morley. Cloth. 12mo. Price, 40 cents, each Addison. By W. J. Courthope. Bacon. By R. W. Church. Bentley. By Prof. Jebb. Bunyan. By J. A. Froude. Burke. By John Morley. Burns. By Principal Shairp. Byron. By Prof. Nichol. Carlyle. By Prof. Nichol. Chaucer. By Prof. A. W. Ward. Coleridge. By H. D. Traill. Cowper. By Goldwin Smith. Defoe. By W. Minto. de Quincey. By Prof. Mason. Dickens. By A. W. Ward. Dryden. By G. Sainksbury. Fielding. By Austin Dobson. Gibbon. By J. Cotter Morison. Goldsmith.. By William Black. gray. By Edmund Gosse. Hume.. By T. H. Huxley. Johnson. By Leslie Stephen. Keats. By Sidney Colvin. Lamb. By Alfred Ainger. Landor. By Sidney Colvin. Locke. By Prof. Fowler. MacAULAYulay. By J. Cotter Morison. Milton. By Mark Pattison. Pope. By Leslie Stephen. SCOlTT. By R. H. Hutton. Skelley. By J. A. Symonds. Sheridan. By Mrs. Oliphant.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, XXIV. a half-century of American literature (1857-1907) (search)
rld — for solidity of reasoning, force of sagacity, and wisdom of conclusion, under such a complication of difficult circumstances, no nation, or body of men, can stand in preference to the general Congress of Philadelphia. Yet it is to be noticed further that here, as in other instances, the literary foresight in British criticism had already gone in advance of even the statesman's judgment, for Horace Walpole, the most brilliant of the literary men of his time, had predicted to his friend Mason, two years before the Declaration of Independence, that there would one day be a Thucydides in Boston and a Xenophon in New York. It is interesting to know that such predictions were by degrees shadowed forth even among children in America, as they certainly were among those of us who, living in Cambridge as boys, were permitted the privilege of looking over whole boxes of Washington's yet unprinted letters in the hands of our kind neighbor, Jared Sparks (1834-37); manuscripts whose curv
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 44: Secession.—schemes of compromise.—Civil War.—Chairman of foreign relations Committee.—Dr. Lieber.—November, 1860April, 1861. (search)
Very soon all slavedom will be in a blaze,—Virginia as much as any other State, embittered by the teachings of Wise and Mason. General Scott says: Since the 2d of January,—yes, sir, since the 2d of January, the President has done well. Jeff.ates, or their refusal to vote. It was supported by Douglas, and by the Democratic and Southern Whig senators, including Mason, Hunter, and Wigfall, who had not yet left the Senate. It was this scheme which received the approval of the city counciily, preferring his place in the Senate to any other. The Senate listened to the disunion speeches of Clingman, Wigfall, Mason, and Breckinridge, and to speeches hardly less mischievous from Douglas and Bayard. Douglas was bitter in the extreme toon which the two parties had agreed. Sumner was made chairman of the committee on foreign relations, taking the place of Mason, who had held the post since 1851. His associates were Collamer, Doolittle, Harris, Douglas, Polk, and Breckinridge. He
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 45: an antislavery policy.—the Trent case.—Theories of reconstruction.—confiscation.—the session of 1861-1862. (search)
Nassau, two neutral ports,—and having among its passengers Mason and Slidell, Confederate envoys accredited to England and F Sumner was in Boston when the tidings of the seizure of Mason and Slidell arrived. When others were exulting he said at Senate to denounce in advance any proposition to surrender Mason and Slidell as a national humiliation. His ill-timed outbuhe Senate, December 26, Mr. Seward notified Lord Lyons that Mason and Slidell would be delivered up. The decision was right, e scene in the Springfield Republican. He did not once name Mason and Slidell, but spoke of them as the two old men, citizensbed our national peace. His main position was that neither Mason and Slidell, not being persons in military service, nor thet my anxious desire is to associate with our decision about Mason and Slidell some triumph of our traditional policy with regaid he had no memory for injuries, and that in surrendering Mason and Slidell he did it in good faith,—laying up nothing for
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 48: Seward.—emancipation.—peace with France.—letters of marque and reprisal.—foreign mediation.—action on certain military appointments.—personal relations with foreigners at Washington.—letters to Bright, Cobden, and the Duchess of Argyll.—English opinion on the Civil War.—Earl Russell and Gladstone.—foreign relations.—1862-1863. (search)
duke firmly resisted Sumner's contention that the British proclamation of neutrality and the demand for the surrender of Mason and Slidell were unfriendly acts. He rejected also Sumner's contention that the pro-slavery basis of the Confederacy sho to their distinguished contemporary. Bright at the very hour when the English temper was most excited by the seizure of Mason and Slidell, not then surrendered, appealed to his country in a speech at Rochdale, Dec. 4, 1861:— Now, whether theneutrality, which had called out passionate complaints from the Confederates and led to the withdrawal of their emissary, Mason, from London; Mason took leave in a farewell, which was printed contemporaneously with these reviews. that he laid undMason took leave in a farewell, which was printed contemporaneously with these reviews. that he laid undue stress on the time of the issue of the queen's proclamation of belligerency, which must at any rate have shortly come, and which had the sanction of our own treatment of the rebels as belligerents. As soon as the Address came to hand, Earl Russe
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 58: the battle-flag resolution.—the censure by the Massachusetts Legislature.—the return of the angina pectoris. —absence from the senate.—proofs of popular favor.— last meetings with friends and constituents.—the Virginius case.—European friends recalled.—1872-1873. (search)
new republic with some hope of perpetuity, was altogether suited to the genius of the two heads of the war bureaus, Robeson and Belknap. The former spent five millions of dollars in his unseemly preparations of a naval armament against a friendly power, and the latter's subsequent career is well remembered. Behind all was the greed for Cuba and the watching of an opportunity to seize that possession of Spain. The whole transaction, reviving the memory of the Ostend manifesto of Buchanan, Mason, and Slidell, ended in a fiasco. The Virginius was delivered up by the Spanish government; and while being towed as a trophy by one of our war ships to New York, she went to the bottom off Cape Fear. I left Boston for Europe, May 20, and was absent till November 13. For the few days after my arrival home Sumner remained in the city. I sought his rooms at the Coolidge House as often as each alternate morning, reaching his door before he had completed his dressing, and remaining till aft
James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 6: apprenticeship. (search)
t had, at least, a serious side. It was believed among the anti-Masons that the Masons were bound to protect one another in doing injustice; even the commission of treason and murder did not, it was said, exclude a man from the shelter of his Lodge. It was alleged that a Masonic jury dared not, or would not, condemn a prisoner who, after the fullest proof of his guilt had been obtained, made the Masonic sign of distress. It was asserted that a judge regarded the oath which made him a Free Mason as more sacred and more binding than that which admitted him to the bench. It is in vain, said the anti-Masons, for one of us to seek justice against a Mason, for a jury cannot be obtained without its share of Masonic members, and a court cannot be found without its Masonic judge. Our apprentice embraced the anti-Masonic side of this controversy, and embraced it warmly. It was natural that he should. It was inevitable that he should. And for the next two or three years he expended mor
Cambridge sketches (ed. Estelle M. H. Merrill), A chapter of Radcliffe College. (search)
mal organization was effected, and the voluntary association became a corporation under the general laws of Massachusetts with the name The Society for the Collegiate Instruction for Women. This was in August, 1882, and several new members were added at the time who greatly increased the strength of the body. These were Professor Charles Eliot Norton, Professor Goodwin, Professor Smith, at the time Dean of Harvard College, Professor Child, Professor Byerly, Professor James Mills Peirce, Miss Mason and Henry Lee Higginson, Esq., of Boston, and Joseph B. Warner, Esq., of Cambridge, who had previously acted as Treasurer. There have been five other additions to the corporation since 1882. Mrs. Henry Whitman was chosen in 1886, Miss Agnes Invin in 1894, Professor John Chipman Gray, Miss Annie Leland Barber and Miss Mary Coes in 1895. The two members last mentioned were graduates and had been nominated by the alumnae. Miss Coes had been assistant to the Secretary for a number of years.
, 1836, Tremont street, 1654 Dock square to Mill Pond, north of Hanover, Green Dragon lane, 1708, Union street, 1828 Charter to Love lane; Ellitt's st., 1784, Unity street, 1795 East of Beacon hill, between Bowdoin and Somerset street, (Valley Acre,) 1777 North Russell to Bridge, to No. Grove; See Parkman street, Vine street, 1806 Beacon to Olive; East part Coventry, 1733, Walnut street, 1799 Washington to Elliot; Warren st,, 1795, Warrenton street, 1868 Temple place to Mason; built over, (Wash'n Gardens,) 1810 Roxbury to fortifications; many additions, 1824, Haymarket square to Dedham, 1879, Washington street, 1788 Cornhill to the Wharves, 1826, Water street, 1708 Cornhill to Savage's or Williams' court, (Webster's Arch,) 1732 From Custom House street to Wharf st., Well street, 1808 Wendell lane, 1796; Halfmoon place, extended 1870, Wendell street, 1824 South of Cambridge street, near Charles river; built over, (West Hill,) 1722 From Newbury
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