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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, III: the boy student (search)
ographical notes made in later life we take the following:— During my senior year in college, I had under my charge a young fellow of the well known Perkins family, who with his elder companions, after a party, had sung a song beneath the window of the President's wife. So he was put in my care, although we were of much the same age and I needed supervision as much as he. My room was his headquarters, although he went to his home in Jamaica Plain every night. Later, when I lived at Newport, he and his family came there to live and his children were very anxious to see me, because they had heard so much about their father's guardian. Continuing these notes about his college career, he says:— My greatest peculiarity was an inordinate passion for books—of any sort—great and small, heavy and light, useful or useless, nothing came amiss and I probably accomplished, in the first 13 years of my life, more miscellaneous reading than most youths of eighteen. In 1906, Co
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, X: a ride through Kansas (search)
can and sell when I can, that's my way; and never ask no questions, only in the way of trade. At this season, get a good many from travellers. On inquiry, he explained this mystery by adding that it was not uncommon for families visiting Northern watering-places to bring with them a likely boy or girl, and sell them to pay the expenses of the jaunt! This is a feature of the patriarchal institution which I think has escaped Mrs. Stowe. Hereafter I shall never see a Southern heiress at Newport without fancying I read on her ball-dress the names of the likely boy or girl who was sold for it. As for yonder Sambo and Dinah (I meditated), no doubt, young Bulford Dashaway, Esq., is at this moment driving them out to Saratoga Lake, as a pair of blood-horses. O Miss Caroline Pettitoes, of Fifth Avenue, how odd it would be if, as you sit superb by his side, those four-legged cattle suddenly resumed the squalid two-legged condition in which I now behold them, in Thompson's Negro-yard, N
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XII: the Black regiment (search)
the conscripts have tried to bribe negroes to take them to the other side, and have actually started. Meantime, Mrs. Higginson had decided to remove to Newport, Rhode Island, for her health. Her husband wrote from Camp Shaw, November, 1863:— I can now see you at Newport, cat and two kitten . . . . I agree with you that aNewport, cat and two kitten . . . . I agree with you that at the end of my military pilgrimage, we might try Cambridge— indeed as people grow older they gravitate toward their birthplace. As Christmas Day approached, the Colonel wrote to his mother that the colored people were planning a great fair in Beaufort which enlisted all hands; and that on New Year's Day there was to be a barbeyou) of the Sould when hearing of one who when in darkness burst light on their part way. The following winter, the returned author reported to Dr. Rogers from Newport that he was writing about the St. Mary's expedition Up the St. Mary's, Atlantic Monthly, April, 1865.:— I never did anything so distasteful to me. It is a <
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XIII: Oldport Days (search)
ort Days The removal of his home to Newport, Rhode Island, was not altogether acceptable to Colosame Committee with a black man. However, Newport virtually adopted the stranger, making him chry in the thought that each day is going. Newport afforded great opportunities for the old recrefreshed my soul—they are so rare here. To Newport and to Mrs. Dame's table drifted in those day as well as authors and artists were drawn to Newport, and when President Hayes visited Rhode Islanforeign notabilities often found their way to Newport. To-day, wrote Colonel Higginson on June 1ous writing. Some of these papers describing Newport life were later published in a volume entitler beguiling, Who punctuates his paragraphs On Newport's shining shore. At one of these meetings also urged to apply for the collectorship of Newport, which he declined to do. Some of the attentin view of the diminished society around me in Newport. In April he felt rather tired of writing[2 more...]
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, Bibliography (search)
lantic Monthly, Friend of Progress.) 1865 (Newport) Leaves from an Officer's Journal. (In At Articles. (In Independent, Nation.) 1868 (Newport) Newport Free Library, President's Report,of Longfellow, Lowell, and others. 1869 (Newport) Malbone. Same. (In Atlantic Monthly, J New York Tribune, Woman's Journal.) 1871 (Newport) Atlantic Essays. Madam Delia's Expectadex, New York Tribune (including letters from Newport and from Harvard College), Woman's Journal.) 1872 (Newport) A Day of Scottish Games. (In Scribner's Monthly, Jan.) In a Wherry. (In Aorials. (In Index, Woman's Journal.) 1874 (Newport) The Baby of the Regiment. (In Whittier, . (In Independent, Woman's Journal.) 1875 (Newport) English Statesmen. (Brief Biographies ofClark, comp. Harvard Book, vol. 2.) 1876 (Newport) History of the Public School System in RhApril, was by Mrs. Maria E. MacKaye. 1877 (Newport) [Education in] Rhode Island. (In Kiddle
ne, Nathaniel, at Concord, 51. Hayes, President, and wife visit Newport, 260. Hazlett, Albert, 199, 200; project to rescue, 196-98. 248, 249; goes to Fayal, 163-65; on Kansas troubles, 175; moves to Newport, 235; invalidism, 255, 256, 287; Aunt Jane drawn from, 280; housek51, 252; memorial sent to, at regimental reunion, 252; interest in Newport public affairs, 253, 254; death of his mother, 254; letters to his wife, 255, 256; a day's work, 255, 256 277; celebrated persons at Newport, 258-62; Oldport Days, 262; charm of military life, 262, 263, 282;Rowena, wife of village blacksmith, 8. Howe, Julia Ward, 93; at Newport, 258; and Higginson, 31$; at Paris, 342. Howe, Dr., Samuel Gridhn Brown's plans, 192. Hugo, Victor, 340, 353. Hunt, Helen, at Newport, 258, 259. See also Jackson, Helen Hunt. Hunter. Gen., and blacifferences described, 244; description of, 246-48; Question of, in Newport, 253, 254; Higginson's address to, at Alabama, 366; at Boston, 366