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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, C. P. Cranch. (search)
e, but the effect is like a chilly spring day when one requires a winter overcoat. An allegorical piece, illustrating Heine's fir-tree dreaming of the palm, has a much pleasanter effect, although it represents a wintry scene. His art improved greatly in Paris, and he also wrote a number of short poems which his friend, James Russell Lowell, published in the Atlantic Monthly. In 1856 George L. Stearns sent him an order for a painting, which Cranch executed the following year, and wrote Mr. Stearns this explanation concerning it, in a very interesting letter dated Paris, March 18, 1857: Your picture is done and is quite a favorite with those who have seen it. In fact, I think so well of it that I shall probably send it to the Exposition, which opens soon. After that it shall be sent to you. It is an oak and a sunset — a warm and low-toned picture — and I am sure you will like it. This landscape represents two vigorous oak trees by the bank of a river, with a sunset seen t
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Frank W. Bird, and the Bird Club. (search)
the club had from thirty to forty members, and during the whole course of its existence it had more than sixty members; but it never had any regular organization. A member could bring a friend with him, and if the friend was liked, Mr. Bird would invite him to come again. No vote ever appears to have been taken. Mr. Bird sat at the head of the table, and if he was late or absent his place would be supplied by George L. Stearns. At his right hand sat Governor Andrew, and either Sumner or Stearns on his left. Doctor Howe and Wilson sat next to them, and were balanced on the opposite side by Sanborn, Governor Washburn, and two or three members of Congress. However, there was no systematic arrangement of the guests at this feast, although the more important members of the club naturally clustered about Mr. Bird. N. P. Banks never appeared there, either as Governor or General; and from this it was argued that he was ambitious to become Senator; or it may have been owing to his dif
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Chevalier Howe. (search)
last stanza she wishes to construct a dam at the foot of Beacon Hill and cause a flood that would sweep the rebel sympathizers out of Boston. The office of the Blind Asylum was formerly near the middle of Bromfield Street on the southern side. This is now historic ground. Between 1850 and 1870 some of the most important national councils were held there in Dr. Howe's private office. It was the first place that Sumner went to in the morning and the last place that Governor Andrew stopped before returning to his home at night. There Dr. Howe and George L. Stearns consulted with John Brown concerning measures for the defence of Kansas; and there Howe, Stearns, and Bird concerted plans for the election of Andrew in 1860, and for the re-election of Sumner in 1862. It was a quiet, retired spot in the midst of a bustling city, where a celebrated man could go without attracting public attention. Chevalier Howe outlived Sumner just one year, and Wilson followed him not long after.
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The War Governor. (search)
Andrew was easily nominated; but he owed this to Frank W. Bird more than to any other supporter. In the New York Herald of December 20, 1860, there was the following item: Governor-elect Andrew, of Massachusetts, and George L. Stearns have gone to Washington together, and it is said that the object of their visit is to brace up weak-kneed Republicans. This was one object of their journey, but they also went to survey the ground and see what was the true state of affairs at the Capital. Stearns wrote from Washington to the Bird Club: The watchword here is keep quiet, a sentence full of significance for the interpretation of the policy pursued by the Republican leaders that winter. Andrew returned with the conviction that war was imminent and could not be prevented. His celebrated order in regard to the equipment of the State militia followed immediately, and after the bombardment of Fort Sumter this was looked upon as a true prophecy. He foresaw the difficulty at Baltimore, an
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The colored regiments. (search)
and returned with the desired permission. Mr. Stearns went with him and obtained a commission formatter that evening. The following evening Mr. Stearns called a meeting of the colored residents oor it. I will look after your family, said Mr. Stearns, and see that they want for nothing; but ite Dr. Browne for duty at Buffalo to examine Mr. Stearns's recruits, and if found fit for service bywas to be reimbursed. Finally, on May 8, Mr. Stearns made a remonstrance against this abuse to Gn. John A. Andrew. Shortly after this Mr. Stearns returned to Boston for a brief visit, and wcruit colored regiments all over the country. Stearns thanked him, and replied that there was nothialone on the street again, the latter said: Mr. Stearns, go to your room and sleep if you can. Hromised a vigorous prosecution of the war. Major Stearns was at once enrolled among the members of erfectly competent to run the machine which Mr. Stearns had constructed. The importance of his w[31 more...]
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Emerson's tribute to George L. Stearns. (search)
Emerson's tribute to George L. Stearns. Delivered in the First Parish Church of Medford on the Sunday following Major Stearns's death, April 9, 1867. We do not know how to prize good men until they depart. High virtue has such an air of nature and necessity that to thank its possessor would be to praise the water for flis to replace them. There will be other good men, but not these again. And the painful surprise which the last week brought us, in the tidings of the death of Mr. Stearns, opened all eyes to the just consideration of the singular merits of the citizen, the neighbor, the friend, the father, and the husband, whom this assembly mournary man, but one who had a rare magnetism for men of character, and attached some of the best and noblest to him, on very short acquaintance, by lasting ties. Mr. Stearns made himself at once necessary to Captain Brown as one who respected his inspirations, and had the magnanimity to trust him entirely, and to arm his hands with