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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, Mademoiselle's campaigns. (search)
government; then went forth to her own small army, by this time drawn near, and held another council. The next day she received a letter from her father (whose health was now decidedly restored), declaring that she had saved Orleans and secured Paris, and shown yet more judgment than courage. The next day Conde came up with his forces, compared his fair cousin to Gustavus Adolphus, and wrote to her that her exploit was such as she only could have performed, and was of the greatest importanceher health on their knees, when she dined with them, while the trumpets sounded and the cannons roared; Conde, when absent, left instructions to his officers, Obey the commands of Mademoiselle, as my own ; and her father addressed a despatch from Paris to her ladies of honor, as Field-Marshals in her army: À Mesdames les Comtesses Marechales de Camp dans l'armee de ma Fille contre le Mazarin. III. campaign the second. Mademoiselle went back to Paris. Half the population met her outsi
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 50: last months of the Civil War.—Chase and Taney, chief-justices.—the first colored attorney in the supreme court —reciprocity with Canada.—the New Jersey monopoly.— retaliation in war.—reconstruction.—debate on Louisiana.—Lincoln and Sumner.—visit to Richmond.—the president's death by assassination.—Sumner's eulogy upon him. —President Johnson; his method of reconstruction.—Sumner's protests against race distinctions.—death of friends. —French visitors and correspondents.—1864-1865. (search)
The President left Washington by boat on the Potomac, Thursday, March 23, for City Point, the headquarters of the army of Virginia, and did not return to Washington till Sunday evening, April 9. Mrs. Lincoln, who went with him, expecting their return to be earlier than it proved to be, invited Sumner by note, as they were leaving, to accompany them the next Wednesday evening to the Italian opera—at the same time promising to send him her copy of Louis Napoleon's Caesar, just received from Paris. She reached Washington from the headquarters on Sunday, April 2, leaving, however, Mr. Lincoln behind, and as soon as she arrived invited Sumner to join her on her return to City Point. The next morning she sent him from the Executive Mansion the tidings of the evacuation of Richmond, just received from the Secretary of War. She left Washington again, Wednesday, April 5, accompanied by Sumner, the Marquis de Chambrun (who was invited at the senator's suggestion), Secretary Harlan, Sec
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, chapter 10 (search)
The gift ,f Sir William Molesworth. and books which had belonged to Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth, a doge of Venice, Ben Jonson, Wordsworth, Turgot, and Napoleon. With these were autographs of reformers, popes, kings, statesmen, poets; and choicest of all to Sumner was the Album kept at Geneva, 1608-1640, in which Milton had recorded his name, an extract from Comus, and a line of Horace. Ante, vol. II. pp. 124, note; p. 351, note. Quaritch and other dealers in curiosities in London and Paris, as well as Sypher in New York, found in him a customer who rarely questioned their prices. He bought a large number of oil paintings, chiefly in Washington and Boston,—some well done and others quite indifferent, paying extravagant prices, and being easily imposed upon as to value and artist. His paintings and engravings were bequeathed to the Art Museum of Boston. The latter are still in the Museum, but the paintings, except about a dozen, were sold. The experts, of whom the late Cha
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 57: attempts to reconcile the President and the senator.—ineligibility of the President for a second term.—the Civil-rights Bill.—sale of arms to France.—the liberal Republican party: Horace Greeley its candidate adopted by the Democrats.—Sumner's reserve.—his relations with Republican friends and his colleague.—speech against the President.—support of Greeley.—last journey to Europe.—a meeting with Motley.—a night with John Bright.—the President's re-election.—1871-1872. (search)
all filled up, so that I can always travel on dry ground. Though in constant peril of nausea and with very little comfort, I have had relief in my heart-pains and the cerebral pressure, and am looking forward to delight in pictures at London and Paris; but the thought of the return voyage in November haunts me. I am haunted more by the thought of the wrong and ingratitude erased. which I have received from individuals. I strike out the word ingratitude, for I have always acted on a sense of regretting when he left each place that he had not bought more, even at prices which repelled connoisseurs. W. H. H. in New York Tribune, Oct. 18, 1872, and G. W. S. in the same journal, March 9, 1881. His purchases of this kind in London and Paris involved an outlay of $6,000. It is perhaps needless to refer to a statement (wholly untrue) that the senator's friends made up a purse to pay the expenses of his journey. Mr. Story writes of him in these days of their last meeting with ea
James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 26: three months in Europe. (search)
liberty, but no class who could even comprehend the idea of the temperance pledge!! The poor of Paris seemed to suffer less than the poor of London; but in London there were ten philanthropic enterprises for one in Paris. In Paris he saw none of that abject servility in the bearing of the poor to the rich which had excited his disgust and commiseration in London. A hundred princes and dukes attract less attention in Paris than one in London; for Democracy triumphed in the drawing-rooms of Paris before it had erected its first barricade in the streets; and once more the traveler marvels at the obliquity of vision, whereby any one is enabled, standing in this metropolis, to anticipate the subversion of the Republic. And if, he adds, passing over the mob of generals and politicians-by-trade, the choice of candidates for the next presidential term should fall on some modest and unambitious citizen, who has earned a character by quiet probity and his bread by honest labor, I shall hop
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1845. (search)
ibilities of life. He entered Harvard University, in the Sophomore class, in 1842, graduating in 1845. After this, he spent several years in Europe, as a student at the Universities of Heidelberg, Berlin, and Breslau. On his return, in 1852, he married (March 30th) his cousin, Miss Mary C. Breckenridge, a lady greatly respected and beloved by all who knew her, but who was taken from him by death in the short space of two years. In 1855 he returned to Europe, spending the winter at Ems and Paris. In 1859 he married Miss Josephine M. Morris of New York,— who as his widow survives him,— and had but just entered upon that happy home-life which it was his greatest pleasure to cultivate and embellish, when the call came which was to devote him to his country. Colonel Porter left three children; namely, Peter Augustus, born in September, 1855; Letitia Elizabeth, born February, 1861, died October, 1864; George Morris, born July, 1863. In 1861 he was elected a member of the Assembly
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 8: (search)
k. . . . . But, as to engage a man to talk with me would be the surest way to stop all conversation, I have taken a professor of architecture, on condition he should explain to me the principles, theory, and history of his art in Italian. This will do something for me. . . . . I should be sorry to go out of Italy without being able to speak the language well. . . . . I shall probably go from Leghorn to Barcelona about May first, and from Portugal to England, uncertain whether by water or by Paris, about the middle of October. More of this hereafter. Geo. To Elisha Ticknor. January 15, 1818. . . . . Rome continues to be all to me that my imagination ever represented it, and all that it was when I first arrived here. This is saying a great deal after a residence of above two months; but in truth I find the resources of this wonderful city continually increasing upon me the longer I remain in it, and I am sure I shall leave it with more regret than I have yet left any spot in E
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 9: (search)
ction. On the restoration of the Bourbons he was of course displaced; but still his merits and his honesty were so notorious that he was excepted (and I believe alone) from the sweeping prosecution of all who had served under Joseph, and permitted to live unmolested in Madrid, where he is much respected. He is about fifty years old, extremely ignorant of the world, timid in disposition, awkward in manners, and of childlike simplicity and openness in his feelings. I had letters to him from Paris, and—not because he is poor, for he is not, but because he is solitary from the death of his wife, and unoccupied from the loss of his employments—he comes and reads Spanish poetry with me two or three hours every day. The pleasure he takes in it is evidently great; for he has no less enthusiasm than learning, and nothing gives him so much delight as to see that I share his feelings for his favorite authors, which I truly do; while, on the other hand, the information I get from him is such a
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 11: (search)
for me, and, in fact, did much; but Count Teba and the Bishop, who interested me and amused me much more, made it quite unnecessary. I knew Mad. de Teba in Madrid, when she was there on a visit last summer; and from what I saw of her then, and here where I saw her every day, I do not doubt she is the most cultivated and the most interesting woman in Spain. Young and beautiful, educated strictly and faithfully by her mother, a Scotchwoman,—who, for this purpose, carried her to London and Paris, and kept her there between six and seven years,—possessing extraordinary talents, and giving an air of originality to all she says and does, she unites, in a most bewitching manner, the Andalusian grace and frankness to a French facility in her manners, and a genuine English thoroughness in her knowledge and accomplishments. She knows the five chief modem languages well, and feels their different characters, and estimates their literatures aright; she has the foreign accomplishments of si
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 13: (search)
ys to the great cities of Andalusia, I should be at last obliged to come back to Paris, to find books and means neither Spain nor Portugal would afford me. But so it is, and I have at this moment on my table six volumes, and shall, before I leave Paris, have many more, which I sought in vain in the libraries of the capital, of Seville, and Granada; and yet, so unequally are the treasures of these languages distributed, that the better half is still wanting in Paris, where the rarest is to be foonversation. Lafayette, and two or three other persons, whom I was very glad to see before leaving Paris. It happened too to be Monday night, and therefore I passed the remainder of the evening in her salon, upon which my latest recollections of Paris rest, for I left her hotel about one o'clock, and a very short time afterwards was on the road to Calais. Among the smaller souvenirs of this visit in Paris are notes from the Duc de Broglie and from Humboldt to Mr. Ticknor, which have a pleas
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