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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Contents. (search)
Contents. The close of the war13 Francis J. Child40 Longfellow55 Lowell83 C. P. Cranch113 T. G. Appleton132 Doctor Holmes142 Frank Bird and the Bird Club162 Sumner180 Chevalier Howe218 The War Governor242 The Colored Regiments262 Emerson's tribute to George L. Stearns279 Elizur W. Right286 Dr. W . T. G. Morton309 Leaves from a Roman Diary332 Centennial Contributions355
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Francis J. Child (search)
of the best judges of oratory, and it was always interesting to listen to him on that subject. He considered Wendell Phillips the perfection of form and delivery, and sometimes very brilliant, but much too rash in his statements. Everett was also good, but lacked warmth and earnestness. Choate was purely a legal pleader, and outside of the court-room not very effective. He thought Webster one of the greatest of orators, fully equal to Cicero; but they both lacked the poetical element. Sumner's sentences were florid and his delivery rather mechanical, but he made a strong impression owing to the evident purity of his motives. The general public, however, had become suspicious of oratory, so that it was no longer as serviceable as formerly. After all, he would say, the main point for a speaker is to have a good cause. Then, if he is thoroughly in earnest, we enjoy hearing him. He once illustrated his subject by the story of a Union general who tried to rally the fugitives at
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Longfellow (search)
merson and Carlyle had differences of opinion, Sumner and Longfellow were always of one mind. When supporting Sumner was a great deal worse, for Sumner was an orator who wielded a power only inferiotion with the university ceased not long after Sumner's election to the Senate; and the unpleasantnegfellow, for they never became very intimate. Sumner, on the contrary, had always a large stock of the poet and statesman together. As soon as Sumner returned from Washington, in spring or summer,ough Longfellow was nearly a head shorter than Sumner, his broad shoulders gave him an appearance ofking on great subjects, and the earnestness on Sumner's face was reflected on Longfellow's as in a mo John Brown, and with Longfellow in regard to Sumner. Holmes was still more conservative; and Agashes strongly tinged with secession doctrines. Sumner, of course, could not let this pass without ma that there was applause as well as hisses for Sumner. Longfellow had a leonine face, but it was [9 more...]
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Lowell (search)
concerning it has not yet been written. It was as heroic to the South as to the North, for, as Sumner said, the slaveholders would never have made their desperate attack on the Government of this cos who fought their way from the Rapidan to Richmond. With the help of country lawyers they sent Sumner and Wilson to the Senate, and knew what they were about when they did this. For wit, humor, and that Lowell took any share in the opposition to the Fugitive Slave bill, or in the election of Sumner, which was the signal event that followed it. In his whole life Lowell never made the acquaintanr was in constant communication with prominent members of the Free-soil and Republican parties. Sumner went to hear Lowell's lecture on Milton, and praised it as a work of genius. I have heard the too much on information derived at dinner-parties, or similar occasions. During the war period Sumner, Wilson, and Andrew were almost omnipotent in Massachusetts, for the three worked together in a
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, T. G. Appleton. (search)
ion in Boston. At the end of the first year, happening to meet Wendell Phillips on the sidewalk, the latter inquired if he had any clients. He had not; neither had Phillips, and they both agreed that waiting for fortune in the legal profession was wearisome business. They were both well adapted to it, and the only reason for their ill success would seem to have been that they belonged to wealthy and rather aristocratic families, amongst whom there is little litigation. At the same time Sumner was laying the foundation by hard study for his future distinction as a legal authority, and Motley was discussing Goethe and Kant with the youthful Bismarck in Berlin. Wendell Phillips soon gave up his profession to become an orator in the antislavery cause; and Tom Appleton went to Rome and took lessons in oil painting. Nothing can be more superficial than to presume that young men who write verses or study painting think themselves geniuses. A man may have a genius for mechanics; an
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Doctor Holmes. (search)
accusing it of vulgarity; but we regret to find Doctor Holmes falling into line in this particular. He always speaks of Sumner in his letters with something like a slur — not to Motley, for Motley was Sumner's friend, but to others who might be morSumner's friend, but to others who might be more sympathetic. This did not, however, prevent him from going to Sumner in 1868 to ask a favor for his second son, who wanted to be private secretary to the Senator and learn something of foreign affairs. Sumner granted the request, although he musSumner in 1868 to ask a favor for his second son, who wanted to be private secretary to the Senator and learn something of foreign affairs. Sumner granted the request, although he must have been aware that the Doctor was not overfriendly to him; but it proved an unfortunate circumstance for Edward J. Holmes, who contracted malaria in Washington, and this finally resulted in an early death. Why is it that members of the medicalSumner granted the request, although he must have been aware that the Doctor was not overfriendly to him; but it proved an unfortunate circumstance for Edward J. Holmes, who contracted malaria in Washington, and this finally resulted in an early death. Why is it that members of the medical profession should take an exceptional interest in poisonous reptiles? Professor Reichert and Dr. S. Weir Mitchell spent a large portion of their leisure hours for several years in experimenting with the virus of rattlesnakes, and of the Gila monste
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Frank W. Bird, and the Bird Club. (search)
support and encouragement. In 1850 Bird was elected to the State Legislature and worked vigorously for the election of Sumner the ensuing winter. His chief associates during the past two years had been Charles Francis Adams, the most distinguishew, then a struggling lawyer, and Henry L. Pierce, afterwards Mayor of Boston. Now a greater name was added to them; for Sumner was not only an eloquent orator, perhaps second to Webster, but he had a worldwide reputation as a legal authority. Adn the State,--what his opinions were, and how far he could be depended on. In this way he also became of great service to Sumner and Wilson, who wished to know what was taking place behind their backs while they were absent at Washington. Sumner didSumner did not trouble himself much as to public opinion, but this was of great importance to Wilson, who depended on politics for his daily bread. Both, however, wanted to know the condition of affairs in their own State, and they found that Frank Bird's in
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Sumner. (search)
llips was studying as a means to an end, while Sumner's interest in the law was like that of a greatm: he could not see over their heads. In 1837 Sumner went to Europe and we find from his letters to Longfellow came to live in Cambridge he found Sumner delivering lectures at the Harvard Law-School new poem without first subjecting his work to Sumner's criticism. Those who admired Sumner at th to this as much as Dr. Brown-Sequard. When Sumner returned to Boston, early in 1860, all his fris. Lincoln was at the Parker House in Boston. Sumner called on her in the forenoon, and she said atre that the true difficulty between Mr. and Mrs. Sumner was owing to the company which he invited tlfax behind him saying, This is all very good, Sumner, but here I have the Appropriation bills from he settlement of the Northeastern boundary. Sumner died the death of a hero. The administration taking. At the same time, he spoke sadly. Sumner resembled Lord Chatham more closely than any s[117 more...]
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Chevalier Howe. (search)
seen Doctor Howe sitting at the table with his indifferent, nonchalant air, head leaning slightly forward and his grayish-black hair almost falling into his eyes, he would never have imagined that he was the man who had fought the Turks hand-to-hand like Cervantes and Sir John Smith; who had been imprisoned in a Prussian dungeon; who had risked his life in the July Revolution at Paris; and who had taken the lead in an equally important philanthropic revolution in his own country. Next to Sumner he is the most distinguished member of the club, even more so than Andrew and Wilson; a man with a most enviable record. He does not talk much where many are gathered together, but if he hears an imprudent statement, especially an unjust estimate of character, his eyes flash out from beneath the bushy brows, and he makes a correction which just hits the nail on the head. He is fond of his own home and is with difficulty enticed away from it. Once in awhile he will dash out to Cambridge on
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The War Governor. (search)
eserves to be commemorated. Sumner Paine (named after Charles Sumner), the finest scholar in his class at Harvard, was susp this over the plan that was afterwards adopted — that is, Sumner's plan — but it included the danger that the Southern Stata firm believer in the other. The movement to supersede Sumner with Andrew as United States Senator, in 1869, originated ot because they loved Andrew there, but because they hated Sumner, who represented to their minds the loss of political powedy opponent in Senator Wilson. It was Wilson who had made Sumner a Senator, and for fifteen years they had fought side by s Wilson would have been influenced by interested motives. Sumner cared nothing for the minor Government offices — the classbe divided between them. Andrew could not have replaced Sumner in the Senate. He lacked the physical strength as well aslegal and historical knowledge which so often disconcerted Sumner's opponents. He had a genius for the executive, and the r<
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