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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 4 (search)
ntury's lapse, is that of the utter impossibility of casting in advance the horoscope of a whole set of young men. The class numbered several who afterwards won distinction in different walks in life; and while the actual careers of some might have been predicted, there were other lives which could not possibly have been anticipated by any of us. It required no great foresight to guess that Edward Clarke and Francis Minot would be physicians, and even eminent ones; that Rufus Woodward, of Worcester, would also be a physician, and a naturalist besides; that Thomas Church Haskell Smith, of Ohio, who was universally known among us as Captain Smith, and was the natural leader of the class, in case of civil war would become Major-General Smith, and chief of staff in the Army of the Potomac. Wickham Hoffman, of New York, showed in college the same steadfast and manly qualities which made him also prominent during the war as a staff officer at New Orleans, and afterwards as secretary of th
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 6 (search)
such organizations that sprang up about that time under the influence of Theodore Parker's Boston society, which was their prototype. These organizations were all more or less of the Jerusalem wildcat description — this being the phrase by which a Lynn shoemaker described one of them — with no church membership or communion service, not calling themselves specifically Christian, but resembling the ethical societies of the present day, with a shade more of specifically religious aspect. Worcester was at that time a seething centre of all the reforms, and I found myself almost in fashion, at least with the unfashionable; my evening congregations were the largest in the city, and the men and women who surrounded me — now almost all passed away — were leaders in public movements in that growing community. Before my transfer, however, I went up to Boston on my first fugitive slave foray, as it might be called,--not the Anthony Burns affair, but the Thomas Sims case, which preceded it
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, V. The fugitive slave epoch (search)
ordinary political methods in the contest. In 1852 I removed to Worcester, into a strong anti-slavery community of which my Free Church wasy Society, and placed by him, for promptness of transportation to Worcester, under the escort of a Worcester merchant, thoroughly pro-slaverylaves. All hopes now rested on Stowell, who was to arrive from Worcester at six P. M. I met him at the train, and walked up with him. He hs, for thirty-four years. As Drew had seen the revolver loaded in Worcester, and had found, after its restoration, that one barrel had been dmewhat battered condition the next morning, and being sent off to Worcester by my advisers. Then followed my arrest after a few days,--a matn, who had been active at the time of Burns's capture, came up to Worcester for the purpose, real or reputed, of looking for evidence againstequented streets to his home. I meanwhile returned peacefully to Worcester, pausing only at the now deserted station to hunt up my wife's in
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 8 (search)
almost as important as the meat. Living in Worcester, I saw little of my fellow contributors excepher; he philosophizes about everything. To Worcester came also Alcott and Thoreau, from time to trown, the freshest and most original mind in Worcester, by vocation a tailor, and sending out more an important part of my happiness during my Worcester life, and that the work growing out of it be by Martin Stowell — in enforcing the law in Worcester. Experience brought me to the opinion, whiceady spoken of continued antislavery work in Worcester. I was also deeply interested in the problejust before liberation, I had brought him to Worcester, and placed him in a family of worthy Englisarried a farmer's daughter in a village near Worcester; he set up a little shop on very scanty capiointed on a special examination committee in Worcester together with a Roman Catholic priest, and oeat discoveries were yet to be achieved. In Worcester I did a great deal in the way of field obser
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, VII. Kansas and John Brown (search)
on shore, my immediate party went at once to Worcester; and the public meeting held by my friends tto call out volunteer emigrants for Kansas. Worcester had been thoroughly wakened to the needs of h a view to sending a series of parties from Worcester; and of these we in the end furnished three.wo of these parties made their rendezvous in Worcester, one under command of my friend Stowell; thescribed by me in a series of letters, signed Worcester, in the New York tribune, and later collectee it a Slave Territory. Every member of our Worcester parties signed a pledge to settle in Kansas,e they are. Can you be induced to operate at Worcester and elsewhere during that time to raise from blow came. I went into a newspaper shop in Worcester one morning, and heard some one remark casuao had escaped had come to my door one day in Worcester. When he reached my house, he appeared uttes Ferry was Charles Plummer Tidd, one of our Worcester emigrants,--afterwards well known as Sergean[1 more...]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 10 (search)
rrisonian Abolitionists in calling a state disunion convention at Worcester on January 15, 1857; but the Republican party was by no means reaid not happen to be present at the John Brown gathering, being in Worcester; but at the larger convention January 24, 1861), held at Tremont the very day when the news reached us, to several leading men in Worcester, who gave me a letter of recommendation to Governor Andrew, that ny such irregular proceeding quite undesirable. Coming back to Worcester, I was offered the majorship of the Fourth Battalion of Infantry,ep out of the affair no longer, but opened a recruiting office in Worcester. Being already well known among the young men there, through themirable one,--afterwards General A. B. R. Sprague, since mayor of Worcester,--all went as it should. I was only a month with the regiment, bvret, of Boston, and ran as follows : There was a young curate of Worcester Who could have a command if he'd choose ter, But he said each rec
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
of Saltoun, 183. Follen, Charles, 16. Forbes, Hugh, 220, 221, 222. Foster, Abby Kelley, 146. Foster, Dwight, 88. Foster, S. S., 116, 146, 327. Fourier, Charles, 101. Francis, Convers, 100, 101. Franklin, Benjamin, 16. Free Church of Worcester, 146. Freeman, Watson, 155. Freiligrath, Ferdinand, 100. French, J. H., 245. Frithiof's Saga, 101. Frothingham, 0. B., 44, 005, 006, 175. Froude, J. A., 272, 277, 278, 279. Froude, Mrs. J. A., 277. fugitive Slav epoch, the, 132-166ine, 81; favorite reading, 92, 102; love of natural history, 24, 194; first publications, 101, 102; post-collegiate study, go; residence at Newburyport, 112, 127; interest in Woman's Rights, 120; early anti.slavery influences, 126; residence at Worcester, 130, 146; fugitive slave events, 139; speech at Tremont Temple, 142; editorial writing, 145; first magazine articles, 172; first contribution to Atlantic monthly, 171; perilous versatility, 182; Young Folks' history of United States, 186; love