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Matthew Arnold, Civilization in the United States: First and Last Impressions of America., III: a word more about America. (search)
rs. But the more I saw of America, the more I found myself led to treat institutions with increased respect. Until I went to the United States I had never seen a people with institutions which seemed expressly and thoroughly suited to it. I had not properly appreciated the benefits proceeding from this cause. Sir Henry Maine, in an admirable essay which, though not signed, betrays him for its author by its rare and characteristic qualities of mind and style--Sir Henry Maine, in the Quarterly Review, adopts and often reiterates a phrase of M. Scherer, to the effect that Democracy is only a form of government. He holds up to ridicule a sentence of Mr. Bancroft's History, in which the American democracy is told that its ascent to power proceeded as uniformly and majestically as the laws of being, and was as certain as the decrees of eternity. Let us be willing to give Sir Henry Maine his way, and to allow no magnificent claim of this kind on behalf of the American democracy. Let u
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 3: Holmes (search)
orded how Holmes was affected by Coleridge's Christabel, which emancipated English poetry from the shadow of Pope; but it is pretty certain that he would not have approved of it. Lyrical and lilting measures did not ordinarily appeal to him, except in the case of Moore, whose lilt has a definite beat, and whose verses he used in later life to read to young people who had almost forgotten the Irish poet's name. It was perhaps partly a result of all this that Holmes was, according to the Quarterly Review, at one time in disrepute with the more advanced of his countrymen. He was accused of attaching excessive importance to conventionalities of dress, manners, and speech. He was charged with using his influence to starve and paralyze literary originality. I do not clearly know what was meant by the first of these charges, but it might, doubtless, be said that Dr. Holmes was always conventional, though never in any sense a fop or an exquisite — to revert to the phrase of that day. Wi
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 9: a literary club and its organ. (search)
uivalents — were already on the spot, waiting for some one of sufficient literary talent to tell their tale. Margaret Fuller grew up at a time when our literature was still essentially colonial; not for want of material, but for want of self-confidence. As Theodore Parker said in his vigorous vernacular, somewhat later, the cultivated American literature was exotic, and the native literature was rowdy, consisting mainly of campaign squibs, coarse satire, and frontier jokes. Mass. Quarterly Review, II. 206. Children were reared, from the time they learned their letters, on Miss Edgeworth and Mrs. Trimmer, whose books, otherwise excellent, were unconsciously saturated with social conventionalisms and distinctions quite foreign to our society. Mrs. Lydia Maria Child, the leader in the now vast field of American literature for children,--and afterwards one of the leaders in that other experiment of the American novel,--was then a young woman, and the fellow-student of Margaret Full
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 10: the Dial. (search)
erson. It measures not the meridian but the morning ray; the nations wait for the gnomon that shall mark the broad noon. Alcott's Ms. Diary, XIV. 65, 146, 150, 157. These remarks are of value as illustrating the difficulty that Margaret Fuller had to encounter in endeavoring to keep her magazine somewhere midway between the demands of Theodore Parker on the one side and those of Alcott on the other. What Theodore Parker alone would have made it may be judged by his Massachusetts Quarterly Review, which followed it; which, as he said, was to be the Dial with a beard, but which turned out to be the beard without the Dial. What Mr. Alcott alone would have made of it may be judged by Heraud's Monthly Magazine, which did not, any more than Parker's Quarterly, bear comparison in real worth and suggestiveness with the Dial itself. That on Alcott, at least, some gentle restrictive pressure had to be exercised may be seen by his rather indignant introduction to Days from a diary, in t
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 2, Chapter 7: the World's Convention.—1840. (search)
Hotel for Melrose, where the Abbey was explored in the twilight. On the following day they arrived at Thompson's door in Edinburgh. 8 Duncan Street, Newington. So far from being allowed to rest, they were at once drawn into a fresh round of private entertainment and public meetings. In the afternoon of July 21, they dined with Dr. Beilby, a leading physician of the town, having as fellow-guests his more distinguished medical brother Dr. John Abercrombie, and Adam Black, of the Quarterly Review. In the evening they were impressed both as spectators and as speakers for a Rechabite teetotal festival in Dun Edin Hall: W. L. Garrison to his wife. Edinburgh, July 23, 1840. Ms. I am now in the capital city of world-famous Scotland, having arrived from London the day before yesterday, in company with Geo. Thompson, N. P. Rogers, and C. L. Remond. . . . Much do I regret—and in this regret there are thousands in England, Scotland and Ireland who deeply participate—tha
ation for President, 319; circular to A. S. agents, 320; in Connecticut, 334; Third Party efforts, 339; renominated for President, 342; proposed amendments to A. S. Constitution, 344; opposes female delegates at World's Convention, 372, favors anti-pro-slavery-church resolutions, 380; speaks at meeting of British and Foreign A. S. S., 382, 383, at S. Gurney's, 387; discredits G. in England, 431; return to U. S., 431; vote for President, 428, 436. Black, Adam [1784-1874], publisher of Quarterly Review, 2.395, at breakfast to G., 397. Blagden, George Washington, Rev. [d. 1884, aged 83], pro-slavery, 2.105, succeeded by Fitch, 136, charged with slaveholding, 137, 163. Blair, James [d. 1834], 1.303. Blake, George, 2.103. Blanchard, Abijah, Rev., 1.278. Blanchard, Joshua P. [d. 1868, aged 86], conservative peace man, 2.226, on business com. of Peace Convention, 227; repudiates Non-Resistance Soc., 242. Bond, George, 2.189. Borden, Nathaniel B. [b. Fall River, Mass., Apr.
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 1, Chapter 9: organization: New-England Anti-slavery Society.—Thoughts on colonization.—1832. (search)
iniquitous system had concealed itself behind a hypocritic bulwark of charity and piety, to carry which by assault was the instinct of true generalship; and this assault, conducted for a year and a half in the Liberator, reached in the Thoughts the climax of weight and destructiveness. So that, although the debate still raged for years, and though the Thoughts was promptly riddled by the reviewers For example, in the African Respository for November, 1832, the Methodist Magazine and Quarterly Review for January, 1833, and the Quarterly Christian Spectator for March, 1833. The two latter articles were also published separately; the last—written by the Rev. Leonard Bacon—by A. H. Maltby, New Haven. (See |Lib.|| 3.27, 39, 43, 201.) Your Thoughts on Colonization have arrived, writes S. S. Jocelyn to Mr. Garrison, July 12. Bacon is reading one. Prof. Silliman had read Mr. Tappan's previous to his delivering his colonization address on the 4th. I handed him everything which I thought
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Index. (search)
rs, Cooper's, 239. Pit, Norris's, 255. Poe, Edgar Allan, 90, 118, 143, 165, 190, 206-215, 231. Poor Richard's Aimanac, Franklin's, 58, 59. Pope, Alexander, 9, 40, 108, 158, 166, 219. Portfolio, 65-69. Power of Dullness, Trumbull's, 40. Prairie, Cooper's, 236. Prescott, William Hickling, 71, 73, 74, 87, 117. Prince of the house of David, Ingraham's, 129, 262. Problem, Emerson's, 229. Proud music of the storm, Whitman's, 232. Puritanism, 15, 186, 266-268. Quarterly Review, 164. Quebec, Capture of, 121. Quincy, Edmund, 88. Quincy, Josiah, 169. Quincy, Mrs., Josiah, 90. Radcliffe, Mrs., 72. Ramona, Mrs. Jackson's, 127, 128. Raven, Poe's, 211. Reid, Mayne, 262. Republican Court, Griswold's, 54. Rhode Island almanac, a, Franklin's, 58. Richardson, James, 48. Ricketson, Daniel, 103, 196. Robinson, Dr. J. H., 262. Rochambeau, Comte de, 52. Roseboro, Viola, 253. Rowson, Mrs., Susanna, 92. Sacken, Baron, Osten, 275. Salem Lyceum, 170.
tom. For 1832 read 1831. Pages 236, 237. Both letters are from the Mss. Page 247. last sentence of first paragraph. Senator Davis denied having heard Preston's threat (being either engaged or absent). See Lib. 12: 177. Page 315. The writer of the letter of Nov. 14, 1839, was the Rev. L. D. Butts (Lib. 17: 24). Page 360, line 4 from bottom. The denial concerning Mr. Child is not quite accurate. See post, 3: 20, note 2, and 49, 83, 101. Page 395, second paragraph. For Quarterly Review read Edinburgh Review. Volume III. Page 354, note 2. To show the difficulty of attempting to write history with entire accuracy, we remark that Mr. Phillips, in 1851, called the West India interest in Parliament some fifty or sixty strong. To keep within bounds, he would claim no more than fifty votes. In 1879 (?) he wrote to F. J. G. of this incident: Yes, Buxton told me the story, and O'Connell has himself told it in one of his later speeches. But it was twenty-seven votes
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 13: England.—June, 1838, to March, 1839.—Age, 27-28. (search)
s to show him which he had not yet seen, what great house that he had not yet visited. Autobiography, Memoir, and Letters of Henry Fothergill Chorley, Vol. I. p. 180. A few months after his return home, Mr. Hayward referred to him in the Quarterly Review, Dec., 1840, Vol. LXVII. pp 33, 34. Article on American Orators and Statesmen. This reference to Sumner was copied by the Law Reporter in a notice of the third volume of his Reports. Feb., 1841, Vol. III. p. 403. as the reporter of Jh account for his success, I most frankly own that it was and is to me as much a puzzle as the eminent and widespread success of your countryman and townsman, George Ticknor. Mr. Hayward contributed an article on Mr. Ticknor's Life to the Quarterly Review for July, 1876; pp. 160-201. At the same time, I feel satisfied that, in each instance, the success was indisputable and well deserved. Lady Monteagle, daughter of Mr. John Marshall, writes:— I have a distinct recollection of the p
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