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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 5 (search)
ought and advanced independence of opinion, Theodore Parker was my teacher. To this day I sometimes dream of going to hear him preach,--the great, free, eager congregation; the strong, serious, commanding presence of the preacher; his reverent and earnest prayer; his comprehensive hour-long sermon full of sense, knowledge, feeling, courage, he being not afraid even of his own learning, absolutely holding his audience in the hollow of his hand. Once in New York a few years ago I went to Dr. Rainsford's church and felt for a moment or two-not, indeed, while the surpliced choir was singing --that I was again in the hands of Theodore Parker. Under the potent influences of Parker and Clarke I found myself gravitating toward what was then called the liberal ministry; one very much secularized it must be, I foresaw, to satisfy me. Even in this point of view my * action was regarded rather askance by some of my more strenuous transcendental friends, even George William Curtis expressing
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
, I, 5. Pottawatomie Massacre, The, approved in Kansas, 207. Poverty, compensations of, 359. Pratt, Dexter, 12. Pratt, Rowena, 12. Precocity, perils of, 68. Preston, Colonel, 206. Prescott, W. H., 82. Prohibitory Laws, 120 Proudhon, P. J., 364. Provincialism, advantages of, for children, 3. Putnam, Mary Lowell, 173. Puttenham, George, 95. Pythagoras, 158. Quincy, Edmund, 178, 179, 244. Quincy; Josiah, 56, 71. Quintilian, 360. Rabelais, Francis, 18r. Rainsford, W. S., 98. Raynal, W. T. F., 15. Redpath, James, 206, 226. Rees, Abraham, 31. reformer, the rearing of A, 100-131. Remond, C. L., 174, 327. Retzsch, Moritz, 79. Revere, John, 54. Reynolds, Sir, Joshua, 79. Ribera, Jose, 295. Rice, Mr., 233. Rice, W. W., 164. Richard, King, 60. Richardson, James, 106. Richter, J. P., 87, 90. Rigual, Magin, 22. Ripley, George, 189. Ripley, Mrs., Sophia, 84. Ritchie, Anne Thackeray, 292. Ritter, J. W., 92. Rivers, Prince, 255. Rob Roy, 36,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, IX (search)
cy. But apart from these suggestions as to London, Mr. Lowell has urged and urged strongly the need of a national capital. He has expressed the wish for a focus of intellectual, moral, and material activity, a common head, as well as a common body. In this he errs only, as it seems to me, in applying too readily to our vaster conditions the standards and traditions of much smaller countries. If it be true, as was said the other day by our eloquent English-born clergyman in New York, Dr. Rainsford, that America is a branch which is rapidly becoming the main stem, then the fact may as well be recognized. As in our political system, so in literature, we may need a new plan of structure for that which is to embrace a continent—a system of coordi-nate states instead of a centralized empire. Our literature, like our laws, will probably proceed not from one focus, but from many. To one looking across from London or Paris this would seem impossible, for while living in a great city yo
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, Index (search)
Cabot, 219, Petrarch, Francesco, 172, 179, 185, 186, 187. Philip of Burgundy, 6. Phillips, Wendell, 7, 49, 62, 221, 222. Plato, 48, 114. Plot, the proposed abolition of, 135. Plutarch, 4, 174. Poe, E. A., 66, 155, 190, 219. Popkin, J. S., 117, 169, 171, 172, 174. Posterity, a contemporaneous, 51. Precision, weapons of, 192. Prescott, W. H., 59. Q. Quincy, Edmund, 22. Quintilian, 232. R. Racine, Jean, 92. Ramler, C. W., 90. Raphael da Urbino, 188. Rainsford, W. S., 79. Richter, J. P. F., 182. Rollo Books, the, 180. Roscoe, William, 216. Russell, W. Clark, 202. Ruskin, John, 53, 97, 114, 187 197, 206. Rousseau, J. J., 179. S. Sala, G. A., 203. Sand, George, 56. Scherer, Edmond, 5. Schiller, J. C. F. von, 90, 179, 189. Scott. Sir Walter, 10, 15, 46, 94. Scudder, S. H., 73. Self-depreciation, the trick of, 206. Sentimental, decline of the, 178. Seward, Anna, 218. Shadow of Europe, the, 27. Shakespeare, William, 16, 21