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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 4: Longfellow (search)
ge for a year at the curiously moderate expense of $I 84. Meanwhile the plan of sending him to Europe to prepare for his college professorship superseded all this, and he left home in April, 1826, for New York, where he was to take the ship for Paris. On the way he dined with George Ticknor in Boston, heard Dr. Channing preach, met Rev. Charles Lowell, and on Monday went to Cambridge and saw President Kirkland. At Northampton he met Messrs. George Bancroft and J. G. Cogswell, who gave him leven of chemistry read it to their classes. Charles Sumner testified that he had a young classmate who was prevented from suicide by reading it. General Meredith Read tells a story of an old French lawyer whose mind was saved during the siege of Paris by translating it. Life of Longfellow by his brother, I. p. 271. Scarcely less need be said of that other psalm called The light of stars ; and the present writer at least can vividly testify what it was to him and his friends. It is worth re