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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, A charge with Prince Rupert. (search)
e 27, 1643), that the memory of this deceased Colonel is such that in no age to come but it will more and more be had in honor and esteem; a man so religious, and of that prudence, judgment, temper, valor, and integrity, that he hath left few his like behind him. And we must leave Rupert to his career of romantic daring, to be made President of Wales and Generalissimo of the army,--to rescue with unequalled energy Newark and York and the besieged heroine of Lathom House,to fight through Newbury and Marston Moor and Naseby, and many a lesser field,--to surrender Bristol and be acquitted by court-martial, but hopelessly condemned by the Kin ;--then to leave the kingdom, refusing a passport, and fighting his perilous way to the seaside;--then to wander over the world for years, astonishing Dutchmen by his seamanship, Austrians by his soldiership, Spaniards and Portuguese by his buccaneering powers, and Frenchmen by his gold and diamonds and birds and monkeys and richly liveried Black
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, The Puritan minister. (search)
, to exchange for £ 120 in solid cash. Solid cash included beaver-skins, black and white wampum, beads, and musket-balls, value one farthing. Mr. Woodbridge in Newbury at this same time had £ 60, and Mr. Epes preached in Salem for twenty shillings a Sunday, half in money and half in provisions. Holy Mr. Cotton used to say that odest monograph never could have been written. As for the minister's horse, the moral sentiment of the community protected him faithfully; for a man was fined in Newbury for killing our elder's mare, and a special good beast she was. The minister's house was built by the town; in Salem it was 13 feet stud, 23 by 42, four chimniesthem: in portraits later than 1700 they usually replace the black skull-cap of earlier pictures, and in 1752 the tables had so far turned that a church-member in Newbury refused communion because the pastor wears a wigg. Yet Increase Mather thought they played no small part in producing the Boston Fire. Monstrous Periwigs, such