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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1858. (search)
an unusually short time, his preparation for college, at the Worcester High School. He entered college without conditions, and took at first a high place in his Class, ranking among the first eight scholars at the first Junior Exhibition. Mathematics proved to be his favorite study, though he was faithful and successful in all. But at the end of the first term of that year he began to suffer from disease of the eyes, and he could only remain a fortnight during the second term. A voyage to Fayal did no good; and though he rejoined his Class, he was compelled to continue his studies with the aid of a reader. This deprived him of rank, although he was chosen by his classmates a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, for which rank is usually held to be essential. After graduation he remained at home for a time in ill health; then entered on his law studies, at first with the help of a reader, and afterwards unaided, as his eyes grew better. He studied for a year in the office of M
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1864. (search)
re be required of him. In the spring of 1862, suffering from an affection of the eyes, which rendered it necessary for him to refrain for a time from their use, he obtained leave of absence from College, and sailed about the 1st of May for Fayal, Azores. This little journey was agreeable and useful. Thrown among entire strangers and left to his own resources, his character was developed, his bodily strength increased; and he returned about the 1st of September, much better fitted either four absence, and the various motives from which I have acted. It is very hard to do this satisfactorily and completely without a personal interview, which, for a thousand reasons, I hope may take place before long. On the 10 of August I left Fayal to return home. I had heard no news later than that of the long-continued and fiercely-contested battles of the last week in June, which resulted in a change in the position of our army before Richmond, and the adoption of a new base of operatio
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, chapter 37 (search)
ir. During two years of this time he remained at his own home, but was removed, during the summer of 1865, to the shores of Buzzard's Bay, in hopes of benefit from sea air. This failing, he embarked with his father on board the bark Fredonia for Fayal, October 20, 1865, and remained on that island till May 1, 1867, with one short visit to St. Michael's. He then returned to Boston, and continued to improve in strength until he could walk without crutches. In November, however, he took a very od all the intense hardships of his first campaign heroically. But his career after his withdrawal from military service won yet higher praise. It is best described, perhaps, in the words of one of that bounteous household who have so long made Fayal such a haven of blessedness to the many invalids who have sought its repose. Miss Clara Dabney writes of him:— His character was so round and full that it was some time before I found out what a rare person he was. I always expected him to