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John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 2: education (search)
me. If I hold my present purpose and can by hook or crook get two or three hundred dollars, I shall go in a year or two and you shall have letters from Germany ad contentum. But where am I to get the needful? Would it were as in the days of wise King Solomon, when gold and silver were to be had for the picking up. I do not, however, give myself much trouble about these things. I am fed and clad, and am permitted to learn something, and is not this enough? Said Erasmus, when a student at Paris, poor and in rags, I will first buy Greek books and then clothes. As for my present situation, it is laborious enough. My school numbers in all nearly eighty, and the average attendance is about sixty-five, most of whom are unruly sailors, who have to be managed with a strong hand. By dint of hard flogging I have got them into tolerable subjection, but still it is wearisome business. I am paid twenty-five dollars a month with my board in one family through the whole term. Of literary
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 4: in active journalism (search)
and maintain peace. The government had undertaken to find work for the unemployed in and about Paris, but as it had neither workshops nor business organizations, neither factories nor machinery, an proposed intervention in Italy, the condition of trade, and the alarming increase of beggary in Paris. In regard to the last-mentioned subject, I quote as follows: . To answer the demands may those who are evidently unused to begging would require daily a small fortune. At evening all Paris, almost, seems to be abroad in search of charity. Young men stop you in the streets to ask assi The agitation continued in France, the army was kept constantly on the alert, the streets of Paris were filled with artillery, conspiracy was suspected on every hand, the republic was in constaneral interest. In speculating upon the course of events ill Germany and Austria, as viewed from Paris, Dana declares that no reaction can ever take back the abolition of seignorial rights, or reimpo
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 5: political studies abroad (search)
sincerity summary of political situation returns to America Review of socialism Dana left Paris about October 6th, and arrived at Berlin shortly afterwards. His first letter from that place w and of the civil war in Hungary, he gave up his proposed trip to those regions, and returned to Paris, where he arrived December 6 or 7, 1848. The first letter after his arrival is dated December. The principle of co-operation is surely, I believe, supplanting that of competition. Here in Paris there are now in operation some fifty associations of workmen, and they are springing up in othe others are already brilliantly successful. In five years the greater part of the labor done in Paris will be so done that the workman will be his own master, and receive the full fruit of his toil.ere lent out to 32 associations, of which 19, receiving an aggregate of 590,000 francs, were at Paris. The rest were from the near-by country provinces. There were only 392 applications in all fro
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 8: declaration of principles (search)
who read it that this noble confession of faith is worthy of a more perfect realization than it has ever attained. It was never recalled or modified by the man who penned it. It is creditable alike to his heart, his discernment, and his practical sense, and while it ended his illusions in that direction, it marked an important step forward in his evolution. He entertained a brief hope that the experiment which Victor Considerant, who had been a member of the French Assembly when he was in Paris, was now making in Texas might prove to be successful, but that, too, was in due time recorded as a failure with the rest. The dreams of a better organization of society at large had already given way to the more practical duty of purifying and uplifting the social arrangements of our own country. The great duty which henceforth claimed Dana's constant attention was that of limiting slavery to its present bounds, and saving Kansas, Nebraska, and all other territory the nation might acqui
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 23: period of reconstruction (search)
and felt confident that, as soon as they knew the purposes of the United States, they would go without waiting for an appeal to arms. He also favored the policy of holding Great Britain to a rigid accountability for the damage done to American shipping by the Confederate cruisers which had been built, fitted out, and permitted to sail from English sea-ports. On these two great questions Dana was emphatically an American. He affected no love for Great Britain, and the letters he wrote from Paris in 1848, and the editorials he afterwards published in the Tribune, show that he had less for Louis Napoleon, and no confidence whatever in the stability of his dynasty. Long before our own troubles culminated he wrote: No one can predict when the great edifice of fraud, violence, plunder, political pretence, and incapacity which constitutes the Second Empire will come to an end. The result is certain; the time and the mode depend upon accident. But we know that Louis Napoleon has ou
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Appendix: Brook Farm — an address delivered at the University of Michigan on Thursday, January 21, 1895: (search)
rich as well as successful. They were all democratic in a certain sense. Every person had the same opportunity. They had to obey a kind of ecclesiastical authority, and they lived in celibacy; but so far as the ordinary social relations were concerned, the Shakers were entirely democratic. Then there began to be published at about this time the writings of an ardent enthusiast, an American from western New York named Albert Brisbane. He had lived several years in Europe, especially in Paris, and there he had got acquainted with a man who was undoubtedly one of the greatest theorists upon the subject of social institutions and social progress that has ever appeared — Charles Fourier. His system is complicated, but very remarkable and interesting, and well worth studying merely as a subject of intellectual scrutiny. Brisbane published several books in favor of Association, Industrial Association, Agricultural Association, Co-operative Association, or, as he called it, the combi