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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 1: Cambridge and Newburyport (search)
y and humility than a week in Philadelphia society or a day in Washington — so let fears be laid aside. [He] told us, as usual, many interesting things. He saw a good deal of the Hunt family, of Brattleboroa--Mrs. H. described to him her house-painting experiences. He thought highly of William Hunt [the artist] and told us something worth repeating. W. H. came to Florence in wretched health, dispirited, indolent and self-indulgent, in danger of sinking into a mere dilettante, though in Paris he had been something more. Hurlbut had an interleaved copy of Jameson's Italian painters, with notes by Margaret Fuller. ... In this volume there was an account of Correggio, describing his earnestness of purpose in becoming not merely a self-indulgent dabbler in art, but a regenerator of it, and the author added a complaint of the rarity of such characters, opposite which M. F. had written a note--And yet all might be such. This book Hurlbut lent to Hunt. Shortly after a new life seeme
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 2: the Worcester period (search)
had been reading. She was very modest and humble about it, and only felt as if it were a sort of cheat to take $105 for a story. She said she never thought about its attracting any attention, or she should have been more anxious about details; she supposed, if it got in, that it would pass quietly and nothing more be said about it. Her young friends got her to a meeting of their Reading Club, and read it aloud in her presence. When they got to that wonderful description of the old shop in Paris, her next neighbor murmured, astounded at its local details, Why, Harriet, where did you get all that? --Made it all up, every word of it, was the rapid reply of the young authoress, over her crochet-needle. After the reading, the folding doors were opened and there was an elegant little collation. Stately old Squire Porter conducted Miss Prescott to the seat of honor, and proposed her health in wine, with a little speech, to which she replied; and at the close all the girls escorted her h
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 3: Journeys (search)
and beard; Darley is larger, of English frame and substance, with sandy hair and moustache; face pockmarked and rather coarsely colored; cool, semi-military air. It was pleasant to be seated in the woods and have Darley's sketches passed about: some fine figures of guides and Indians at Moosehead. . . . Kensett came for a day with Tom Appleton, the renowned, Mrs. Longfellow's brother; Curtis, Mot Natelpha, a famous wit and connoisseur; he it was who said, Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris. August, 1860 The [boarding] house was further enlivened last night by the presence of Mr. Longfellow's son and heir . . . who with a companion sailed round from Nahant. Late in the evening — that is, probably so near the small hours as half-past 9--he was heard in the entry, rousing the echoes with the unwonted cry of Landlord! and when at last Mary Moody or some similar infant appeared, it appeared that they desired pen, ink, paper, and postage stamps. Mary thinks they had run awa