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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 7. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier) 25 3 Browse Search
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George P. Rowell and Company's American Newspaper Directory, containing accurate lists of all the newspapers and periodicals published in the United States and territories, and the dominion of Canada, and British Colonies of North America., together with a description of the towns and cities in which they are published. (ed. George P. Rowell and company) 12 0 Browse Search
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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 8 0 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 1: childhood (search)
oks back with pride, if he can. Of Huguenot descent, but English training, he sailed from Southampton in 1638, and settled in what was then Salisbury, but is now Amesbury, on Powow River — the poet's swift Powow --a tributary of the Merrimac. He was then eighteen, and was a youth weighing three hundred pounds and of correspondingis last household companions, his mother and his sister. It must be remembered that, in the poet's childhood, the yearly meetings of the Society of Friends at Amesbury were relatively large, and the name of that kindly denomination was well fulfilled by the habit of receiving friends from a distance. They came in their own conveyances to Amesbury or its adjoining settlement, Haverhill, and remained for days in succession, the Whittier home entertaining sometimes as many as ten or fifteen. In such a household Whittier grew up, listening not without occasional criticism to his father's first-day readings from the Scriptures; visiting with his parents th
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 3: Whittier the politician (search)
56. This last reference was to the rendition of Thomas Sims, a fugitive slave, during the progress of whose case, at the Boston Court-house, the doors were protected by chains. In July, 1854, Whittier was invited by Ralph Waldo Emerson and others, to attend a meeting of the friends of freedom in Boston, to form a new party organization, from men from both political folds; this being one of the meetings which led to the formation of the Republican party. His reply, addressed to Emerson ( Amesbury, 3rd 7th month ), was as follows:-- The circular signed by thyself and others, inviting me to meet you at Boston on the 7th inst., has just reached me. If I am able to visit Boston on that day, I shall be glad to comply with the invitation. Your movement I regard as every way timely and expedient. I am quite sure good will come of it, in some way. I have been for some time past engaged in efforts tending to the same object,--the consolidation of the antislavery sentiment of the North
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 6: a division in the ranks (search)
Truth should be spoken at all times, but more especially at those times when to speak Truth is dangerous. In 1840 Whittier's health had become impaired anew; his father had died, and his mother, sister, and aunt had removed their residence to Amesbury — partly for the sake of nearness to their meeting-house; and he joined them there and made the house his legal domicile, as it is now his memorial home. His service to freedom, after ill health had driven him from Philadelphia, was irregular in place and form, but constant. He passed from Amesbury to Boston and thence to New York, to Saratoga, to Albany, and to western Pennsylvania, and wherever there was to be an antislavery convention; which meant, in his case, a convention based upon the ballot, aiming at political action, and still holding to the faint hope that Henry Clay might yet become its leader, and that Caleb Cushing might espouse its cause. At one time Whittier and Henry B. Stanton were deputed by the American Antisla
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 7: Whittier as a social reformer (search)
n I have ever aspired to. Truly your friend, John G. Whittier. Amesbury, 9th, 3d mo., 1867. It is known that in the same conscientious living in the next town, to an agitation for the Ten Hour Bill at Amesbury, and there are various references to it in his brief letters to mritten in 1848, but imperfectly dated, as his letters often were: Amesbury, 13th, 7th mo. My dear Higginson: Thy letter was clearly to theeigners, which entirely changed the character of the operatives in Amesbury. Ms. Letter, Aug. 26, 1902. So in regard to spiritual libertyeditors to take up this theme. A year later Whittier writes from Amesbury, whither he had removed: I have one item of good news from HaverhiAug. 25, 1869, he replied thus explicitly and also wisely:-- Amesbury, Mass., 12th, 8th Month, 1869. I have received thy letter invitingaded and able woman, Miss Alice Freeman, now Mrs. G. H. Palmer:-- Amesbury, 7th mo., 1881. Miss Freeman's speech was eloquent and wise —
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 8: personal qualities (search)
treading a similar path when he subscribed regularly and largely to General Armstrong's great enterprise for the instruction of the blacks and Indians at Hampton; and apart from this he was writing such letters as the following, all the time-- Amesbury, 16th, 7th mo., 1870. Dear Higginson,--Enclosed find cheque for Fifty Dollars, $50. [This was for a person known to both of us.] I see by the Transcript that Phebe Cary lies very ill in Newport — dangerously, even. I do not know her addreman, who described it anonymously in the Literary World for December 1877:-- When I was a young man trying to get an education, I went about the country peddling sewing silk to help myself through college, and one Saturday night found me at Amesbury, a stranger and without a lodging-place. It happened that the first house at which I called was Whittier's, and he himself came to the door. On hearing my request, he said he was very sorry that he could not keep me, but it was Quarterly Meeti
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 9: Whittier at home (search)
was once expressing regrets for his ill health, in talking with one of the leading citizens of Amesbury, and found that my companion could not agree with me; he thought that Whittier's ill health ha woods called The Laurels spread themselves on one side, and the twin villages of Salisbury and Amesbury on the other. ... To me, who sought Whittier for his poetry as well as his politics, nothing friend — and occasional enemy — of all literary people, Rufus Wilmot Griswold, of New York:-- Amesbury, 21st June, 1850. My dear fr. Griswold:--I learn from my friend F. W. Kellogg that Alice andst so near and not see them. Dost ever come to Boston? I should be very glad to see thee at Amesbury. I have a pleasant and grateful recollection of our acquaintance in N. Y. and Boston. I shallp to that ideal? And when we need something higher, Infinite Wisdom will supply our needs. Amesbury, like Concord, had its individual oddities; and the two poets liked to compare notes upon them.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 10: the religious side (search)
dressed to the editor of the Friends' Review in Philadelphia, in reference to certain changes of principle and practice in the Society then beginning to be observable, but which have since more than justified the writer's fears and solicitude. Amesbury, 2nd mo., 1870. To the Editor of the Review. Esteemed Friend,--I have been hitherto a silent, I have not been an indifferent, spectator of the movements now going on in our religious Society. Perhaps from lack of faith, I have been quite toor was written. I am sorry it did not fall to the lot of a more fitting hand; and can only hope that no consideration of lack of qualification on the part of its writer may lessen the value of whatever testimony to truth shall be found in it. Amesbury, 3d mo., 1870.Whittier's Prose works, III. 305, 306, 309, 310, 313, 314. By the testimony of all, Whittier's interpretation of The Inward Light included no vague recognition of high impulse, but something definite, firm, and extending into
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 11: early loves and love poetry (search)
le for an old man to talk much about them. Time was when I had my dreams and fancies — but those days have long since passed -don't thee think I should have made a pretty good husband? Yes, said Mary; but I think if thee had wished to go to Amesbury on a certain train thee would have gone, wife or no wife. Claflin's Reminiscences, p. 68. At which he laughed a merry laugh, vigorously smote his knee, and said, I guess thee is about right, Mary. Yet in reading the memoirs of poets it e heart. Whittier's elder sister, looking back from middle life, could find nothing positive to tell me of any such wanderings in his case, and could only say that there had been vague reports, to which she attached no value, about somebody at Amesbury. The Century Magazine for May, 1902, contained what was called a noteworthy letter by Whittier, edited by Mr. William Lyon Phelps and addressed to Miss Cornelia Russ of Hartford, Conn., on his leaving that city on Dec. 31, 1831. It contains a
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 12: Whittier the poet (search)
duty of conveying this salutation to you — a duty which I fulfil with joy, expressing at the same time our gratitude to you, and also our wish to receive, if possible, from yourself the original English, which is still unknown to us, of this piece of poetry, which we so justly prize. Accept, dear and honoured brother, these lines of respect and Christian love, from your sincere friend in the Lord Jesus, J. D. Charbonnier, Moderator of the Vaudois Church. Mr. Whittier's reply, dated Amesbury, 10th mo., 21st, 1875, is in these words:-- My dear friend, I have received thy letter informing me of the generous appreciation of my little poem by the Synod of which thou art Moderator. Few events of my life have given me greater pleasure. I shall keep the letter amongst my most precious remembrances, and it will be a joy to me to know that in your distant country, and in those sanctuaries of the Alps, consecrated by such precious and holy memories, there are Christians, men and w
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 13: closing years (search)
during these years, in many respects most fortunate, or at least as near it as a lonely man can be. In his own house at Amesbury he had the friendly companionship of Judge Cate and wife; and during the summers he was for twelve years with his cousin death during the witchcraft excitement, two centuries before. He always, however, retained his home and citizenship in Amesbury, went thither to vote and to attend Quarterly Meetings, and toward the end of his life made it his residence once more. his last illness while visiting at the house of his friend, Miss Sarah A. Gove of Hampton Falls, N. H., seven miles from Amesbury. Miss Gove was the daughter of an old friend; of that saintly woman whom we associate with one of the most spiritual anaralytic stroke which produced a difficulty in taking food or medicine, and it was plain that he could not be removed to Amesbury, where he had always hoped to die. He was conscious to the last, was grateful to every one; and several times said Love
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