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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life, Chapter 24: on the natural disapproval of wealth (search)
Chapter 24: on the natural disapproval of wealth There is a natural feeling of distrust and even disapproval of wealth, especially on the part of those who have never possessed it. It is natural also that this should be a sliding scale, and that each person should regard the next largest tax-payer as too rich. Thirty years ago, at the sea-side resort called Pigeon Cove, or Cape Ann, there was a village wit known habitually as Old Knowlton, a retired fisherman, who delighted to corner in argument a set of eminent clergymen who then resorted there, as Dr. Chapin, Dr. Gannett, Dr. Bartol, Thomas Starr King, and others. He liked to swear before them, to ask hard questions out of the Old Testament, and to call them familiarly by their last names. One day he was much startled, on asking about Dr. Gannett's salary, to hear that it was $3000, which would not now be regarded as a large sum, but seemed to him enormous. Why, Gannett, said the licensed veteran, what can a minister do w
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 3: Journeys (search)
ext visit to Kansas. The Worcester summers were varied by occasional sojourns at Princeton, Massachusetts, and at Pigeon Cove, near Gloucester. Princeton, June, 1853 Dearest Mother: We do not see Wachusett — we are halfway up the ascens why they have a doctor for postmaster, to provide for the broken bones. The following letters were written from Pigeon Cove, the dates ranging from 1853 to 1864. The first paragraph is from the note-book:-- , It is a severe test of the meeks by the seashore, without regular work. I have sometimes found it almost impossible to endure it. Dear Mother: Pigeon Cove is a bit of seashore, meant originally for the Isles of Shoals, but finally tacked on to mainland and thus brought ned wish so much that you could have gone with us in our lovely drive round the Cape. ... What I enjoyed most was seeing Pigeon Cove again after twenty-five years and finding it so much less altered than I expected — the same queer little fish-houses
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Index. (search)
Atlantic dinners, 106-11; and Atlantic Monthly, 111, 112; his essay on Snow, 114; travels, 117-53; goes to Mt. Katahdin, 117-20; excursion to Adirondacks, 120-24; journey to Fayal, 124-37; and Kansas, 137-44; at Princeton, Mass., 144-46; at Pigeon Cove, Mass., 146-51; description of Aunt Hannah, 151-53; and military preparations at Worcester, 154, 155, 162-64, 169-81; on emancipation, 164; in barracks, 170-81; takes command 1st S. C. Vols. 181, 182; with the regiment, 182-221; up the St. Mary's, Perry, Nora, 264. Petersons, the, of Philadelphia, 250. Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart, 272. Phillips, Wendell, 82, 93; and Whittier, 9, 11; fire at home of, 269, 270. Phillips, Mrs., Wendell, 268, 269. Pierrepont, Edward, 291, 292. Pigeon Cove, Mass., described, 146-51. Pollock, Sir Frederick and Lady, 282, 283. Princeton, Mass., summer at, 144-46. Pumpellys, the, 328. Q Quakers, meetings of, 73-77, 235-37. Quincy, President, of Harvard, on Disunion, 88, 89. R R
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, IX: the Atlantic Essays (search)
nature, for he spoke at Bangor on Kansas and the Union, the former being the bait and the latter the hook. I had a superb audience . . . and preached Disunion to 1500 people for $50—and no hisses. The Higginsons spent several vacations at Pigeon Cove, a wild, rocky sea-place on the North Shore. When they summered one season at the town of Princeton, they found quarters at the Post-Office. This seemed to Mr. Higginson a funny place to stay, as he fancied the mattresses would be made of exhausted mail-bags. From Pigeon Cove, he wrote to a young author:— I enjoy the freedom of my life very much, and after having my thoughts poured regularly into one channel every week for so long, it is perfectly delightful to let them wander in other directions . . . . The bathing is a regeneration of existence every day. . . . If you could put on a boy's jacket and go to sea, before the mast, for a year, it would put a vitality into your inkstand that would last your life time. . . .
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XII: the Black regiment (search)
rest in his regiment, and kept himself informed of all its movements. Reporting its departure from Beaufort to his old surgeon, Dr. Rogers, he adds:— The men enjoy the way de shell dey do pop over their heads: and are quite cheerful—though the parting was hard as they had no money for their families. About this time they are being paid I trust, though I have almost abandoned hope—but not effort—about their arrears. . . . .I am mending at the rate of an inch a week or so. From Pigeon Cove, he wrote in August:— It is strange to come back from the war; one feels like Rip Van Winkle and instinctively grasps round to see if all one's friends are still alive; it is not that one feels old, but only strange, and as if one had been in a trance, during which almost anything might have happened. It was a relief to Colonel Higginson to receive, in October, his order of discharge, having feared that he might be retained in some recruiting or other minor service. After th
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XIV: return to Cambridge (search)
tiny often resulted, not only in important changes in the text of such papers, but in an entirely different way of presenting the scheme. When Margaret was eight years old, we spent the summer at East Gloucester. Here Colonel Higginson bought a fisherman's dory and taught the little girl to row. These notes are taken from his diary of that summer (1889):— July 6. P. M. . . . to Gloucester and bought things for boat, and then rowed over—enjoying it as much as thirty years ago at Pigeon Cove. July 13. Dr. Rogers here, our first meeting for some ten years; enjoyed seeing him, but felt something of that secret pain described in Longfellow's Driftwood Fire. . . . P. M. rowed to Gloucester and back against wind and sea . . . the best pull I have had for years. July 28. Rowed to Gloucester and Ten Pound Island—finding the descendants of Francis Higginson's sweet single rose. In October Margaret went home before her father, and he thus described a day without her:—
, with granite ledges everywhere cropping out, around which the high-road winds, following the curving and indented line of the sea, and dotted here and there with fishing hamlets. This whole interior is traversed by a network of footpaths, rarely passable for a wagon, and not always for a horse, but enabling the pedestrian to go from any one of these villages to any other, in a line almost direct, and always under an agreeable shade. By the longest of these hidden ways, one may go from Pigeon Cove to Gloucester, ten miles, without seeing a public road. In the little inn at the former village there used to hang an old map of this whole forest region, giving a chart of some of these paths, which were said to date back to the first settlement of the country. One of them, for instance, was called on the map Old Road from Sandy Bay to Squam Meeting-house through the Woods ; but the road is now scarcely even a bridle-path, and the most faithful worshipper could not seek Squam Meeting-
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 2, XIV. Massachusetts women in the civil war. (search)
North Adams. Northampton. North Andover. North Attleborough. North Billerica. Northborough. Northbridge. North Bridgewater. North Brookfield. North Cambridge. North Chelsea. North Easton. North Leominster. North Leverett. North Marshfield. North Rehoboth. North Scituate. North Sharon. North Woburn. North Wrentham. Orange. Orleans. Osterville. Oxford. Paxton. Pembroke. Pepperell. Petersham. Phillipston. Pigeon Cove. Pocasset. Princeton. Provincetown. Quincy. Randolph. Raynham. Reading. Readville. Rehoboth. Rockport. Rowe. Roxbury. Salem. Salisbury. Sandwich. Saugus Centre. Scituate Scotland. Sharon. Sheffield. Shelburne. Shelburne Falls. Sherborn. Shirley. Shirley Village. Shrewsbury. Somerset. Somerville. South Abington. South Adams. South Ashfield. South Berlin. Southborough. South Boston. Southbri
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Union Congregational Church. (search)
gely through his efforts and courage came the measure of success that marked the first two years of the church's existence. He did excellent work during the organization and building period of the church life. It was his first pastorate, and he threw himself into his trying labors with all the energy of his young manhood. His sermons were earnest and excellent, and he was faithful in his pastoral calling. He resigned July 16, 1889, to accept the call to the Congregational Church at Pigeon Cove, Mass., and his parish soon realized that it would be fortunate indeed if it could secure a successor who would be his equal. He is now pastor of the Old First Church in Derry, N. H., where he has been settled for several years. On October 27, 1889, Rev. C. C. Bruce, a resident of Medford, came to preach as a supply, and November 3, 1889, was chosen pastor for six months, and continued to serve in that capacity until May 29, 1891. He was a scholarly man and a student, but his physical co