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Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 6: Samuel Ward and the Astors (search)
of Independence. Miss Charlotte White was what was called a character in those days. She was tall and of commanding figure, attired after an ancient fashion, but with great care. I remember her calling upon my aunt one morning, in company with a lady friend much inclined to embonpoint. The lady's name was Euphemia, and Miss White addressed her thus: Feme, thou female Falstaff. She took some notice of me, and began to talk of the gayeties of her youth, and especially of a ball given at Newport during the war, at which she had received especial attention. On returning the visit we found the sisters in the quaintest little sitting-room imaginable, the floor covered with a green Brussels carpet, woven in one piece, with a medallion of flowers in the centre, evidently manufactured to order. The furniture was of enameled white wood. We were entertained with cake and wine. The younger of the sisters was much afraid of lightning, and had devised a curious little refuge to which
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 10: a chapter about myself (search)
t first rather dry, after the glowing and daring flights of Spinoza, but I soon learned to hold the philosopher of Konigsberg in great affection and esteem. I have read extensively in his writings, even in his minor treatises, and having attained some conception of his system, was inclined to say with Romeo: Here I set up my everlasting rest. I devoted some of the best years of my life to these studies, and to the writings which grew out of them. I remember one summer at my Valley near Newport, in which I felt that I had read and written quite as much as was profitable. I must go outside of my own thoughts, I must do something for some one, I said to myself. Just then the teacher of my sister's children broke out with malarial fever. She was staying with my sister at a farmhouse near by. The call to assist in nursing her was very welcome, and when I was thanked for my services I could truly say that I had been glad of the opportunity of rendering them for my own sake. The
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 11: anti-slavery attitude: literary work: trip to Cuba (search)
at Washington, a position as translator was secured for him in the State Department. He was at Newport during the summer that we passed at the Cliff House, and he it was who gave it the title of Hote himself was often guilty of great impoliteness. To give an example: At his boarding-house in Newport a child at table gave a little trouble, upon which the count animadverted with great severity. or whether they were really at home in spite of the message to the contrary. One gentleman in Newport, not desiring to receive the count's visit, and knowing that he would not be safe anywhere in hpublication of my Cuban notes brought me an invitation to chronicle the events of the season at Newport for the New York Tribune. This was the beginning of a correspondence with that paper which lasted well into the time of the civil war. My letters dealt somewhat with social doings in Newport and in Boston, but more with the great events of the time. To me the experience was valuable in that
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 12: the Church of the Disciples: in war time (search)
pon the very heart of Boston, and took from us our best and bravest. From many a stately mansion father or son went forth, followed by weeping, to be brought back for bitterer sorrow. The work of the women in providing comforts for the soldiers was unremitting. In organizing and conducting the great bazaars, which were held in furtherance of this object, many of these women found a new scope for their activities, and developed abilities hitherto unsuspected by themselves. Even in gay Newport there were sad reverberations of the strife; and I shall never forget an afternoon on which I drove into town with my son, by this time a lad of fourteen, and found the main street lined with carriages, and the carriages filled with white-faced people, intent on I knew not what. Meeting a friend, I asked, Why are these people here? What are they waiting for, and why do they look as they do? They are waiting for the mail. Don't you know that we have had a dreadful reverse? Alas! this
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 13: the Boston Radical Club: Dr. F. H. Hedge (search)
me, Margaret experienced religion during that night. When, in process of time, the New England Women's Club celebrated what would have been Margaret's sixtieth birthday, Dr. Hedge joined with James Freeman Clarke in loving and reverent testimony to her unusual talents and noble character. I had the pleasure of twice hearing Dr. Hedge's admirable essay on Luther, which he first delivered at Arlington Street Church, and repeated, some years later, before the Town and Country Club of Newport, R. I. But my crowning recollection of him, and perhaps of the crowning performance of his life, is of that memorable evening of anniversary week in the year 1886, when he made his exhaustive and splendid statement of the substance of the Unitarian faith. The occasion was a happy one. The Music Hall was filled with the great Unitarian audience furnished by Boston and its vicinity. George William Curtis was the president of the evening, and introduced the several speakers with his accustomed
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 14: men and movements in the sixties (search)
lasted one week, and our sales and entertainments realized something more than thirty thousand dollars. But alas! the emancipation of Crete was not yet to be. We passed the summer of 1868 at Stevens Cottage, which was very near the town of Newport. I do not exactly remember how it came about that my dear friend and pastor, Rev. Charles Brooks, invited me to read some of my essays at his church on Sunday afternoons. I had great pleasure in doing this. The church was well filled, and theed to a momentary ebullition of temper, to which, indeed, she was too prone. I read the Phaedo of Plato in the original Greek this summer, and was somewhat helped in this by an English scholar, a university man, who was passing the summer in Newport. He was coaching two young men who intended to enter one of the English universities, and was obliged to pass my house on his way to his lessons. He often paid me a visit, and was very willing to help me over a difficult passage. The report
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 15: a woman's peace crusade (search)
that of sending forth an appeal to womanhood throughout the world, which I then and there composed. I did not dare to make this public without the advice of some wise counselor, and sought such an one in the person of Rev. Charles T. Brooks of Newport, a beloved friend and esteemed pastor. The little document which I drew up in the heat of my enthusiasm implored women, all the world over, to awake to the knowledge of the sacred right vested in them as mothers to protect the human life whicrkable man in London at the anniversary banquet of the British Unitarian Association. It was in this country, however, that I first heard his eloquent and convincing speech, the occasion being a sermon given by him at the Unitarian Church of Newport, R. I., in the summer of the year 1873. It happened on this Sunday that the poet Bryant, John Dwight, and Parke Godwin were seated near me. All of them expressed great admiration of the discourse, and one exclaimed, That French art, how wonderful i
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 18: certain clubs (search)
h at a considerable distance from the town of Newport, I managed to keep up a friendly intercourse s wife were at this time prominent figures in Newport society. Their hospitality was proverbial, a The elder Henry James also came to reside in Newport, attracted thither by the presence of his fri, Edmund and Mary Tweedy. These notices of Newport are intended to introduce the mention of a clh brought Bret Harte and Dr. J. G. Holland to Newport, and with them Professors Lane and Goodwin ofliant conjunction of stars was now no more in Newport, and the delicious fooling of that unique sumciation known as the Town and Country Club of Newport. Of this I was at once declared president, b club made it possible to be sensible even at Newport and during the summer. The names of a few pe of most delightful presence. He had come to Newport immediately after graduating at Harvard Divinange certainly did follow. The old, friendly Newport gradually disappeared. The place was given o
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Index (search)
tion, 277; his part therein, 279; his life at Newport, 401; in the Town and Country Club, 407. B sees Mrs. Howe in London, 331; his sermon in Newport, 342; his explanation of the Paris commune, 3nion of Words for the Hour, 230; writes about Newport, 238; presides at the Unitarian anniversary idel and Haydn Society, 14. Harte, Bret, at Newport, 402. Harvard College, shunned as a Unitarn at her house, 92. Holland, Dr. J. G., at Newport, 402. Holmes, Dr., Oliver Wendell, at the 8; trip to Cuba, 230; buys Lawton's Valley at Newport, 238; objects to his children attending the Ps of gens de lettres, 413. Hunt, Helen, at Newport, 402. Hunting, Rev. J. J., commends the exality, 325; Swedenborgian tendencies, 326; at Newport, 402. Jameson, Mrs. (Anna Brownell Murphy)to, 232. Newgate prison, visit to, 108. Newport, Mrs. Howe spends a summer at the Cliff House. Powel, Samuel, his prophecy in regard to Newport, 408. Powell, Mr., Aaron, asks Mrs. Howe t[8 more...]