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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life 14 0 Browse Search
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall) 4 0 Browse Search
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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 16: Secession of Virginia and North Carolina declared.--seizure of Harper's Ferry and Gosport Navy Yard.--the first troops in Washington for its defense. (search)
Francis R. Sterrett; First Sergeant, J. A. Matthews; Second Sergeant, Joseph S. Waream; Third Sergeant, H. A. Eisenbise; Fourth Sergeant, William B. Weber; Fifth Sergeant, C. M. Shull; First Corporal, E. W. Eisenbise; Second Corporal, P. P. Butts; Third Corporal, John Nolte; Fourth Corporal, Frederick Hart; Musicians, S. G. McLaughlin, William Hopper, Joseph W. Postlethwait. Privates.--William H. Irwin (subsequently elected Colonel of the Seventh Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers), David Wasson,William T. McEwen, Jesse Alexander, James D. Burns, Robert Betts, Henry Comfort, Frank De Armint, James B. Eckebarger, Joseph A. Ficthorn, George M. Freeborn, George Hart, James W. Henry, John S. Kauffman, George I. Loff, Elias W. Link, Samuel B. Marks, William McKnew, Robert D. Morton, Thomas A. Nuree, Henry Printz, James N. Rager, Augustus E. Smith, James P. Smith, Gideon M. Tice, Gilbert Waters, David Wertz, Edwin E. Zergler, William H. Bowsun, William R. Cooper, Jeremiah Cogley, Thoma
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall), To Miss Lucy Osgood. (search)
o overcome evil only with good, I could do nothing better than groan out, in a tone of despairing reproach, How long, O Lord! How long? Certainly there are gleams of light amid the darkness. There has been more spirit roused in the North than I thought was in her. I begin to hope that either the slave power must yield co argument and the majesty of public sentiment or else that we shall see an army in the field, stout and unyielding as Cromwell's band .. I thank you very heartily for Mr. Wasson's sermon, The universe no failure. It is the most remarkable discourse I ever read. He puts the lever down deep enough to upheave the foundations of error. He builds his battery high enough to command the most towering fortifications of superstition. That is what we need. Unless the root is dug up, the branches will always be sprouting into new fantastic forms, however they may be lopped and pruned. I exclaimed Bravo! to his first sermon; but over this, I shouted Bravissimo! I see
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall), To the same. (search)
To the same. Wayland, 1857. I have seldom had such a day as the delightful one passed with you and David Wasson. I have marked it in my pilgrimage by a golden pillar, hung with amaranth garlands. I said he was poet, philosopher, and priest. During the evening that I subsequently spent with him I found he was also full of fun. I might have known it, indeed, by those eyes of his, that look out so smiling upon the world. It is many a day since I have met with such a real child of God and Nature. He will not be popular, of course; for Souls are dangerous things to carry straight Through all the spilt saltpetre of this world. As for come-outerism, I assure you that if I could only find a church, I would nestle into it as gladly as a bird ever nestled into her covert in a storm. I have staved away from meeting, because one offered me petrifactions, and another gas, when I was hungry for bread. I have an unfortunate sincerity, which demands living realities, and will not be p
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 6 (search)
ted me as well, amid the storms of life, so far as I can see, as the more prescribed and conventional forms of faith might have done. We all, no doubt, had our inner conflicts, yet mine never related to opinions, but to those problems of heart and emotion which come to every young person, and upon which it is not needful to dwell. Many of my fellow students, however, had just broken away from a sterner faith, whose shattered eggshells still clung around them. My friend of later years, David Wasson, used to say that his health was ruined for life by two struggles: first by the way in which he got into the church during a revival, and then by the way he got out of it as a reformer. This I escaped, and came out in the end with the radical element so much stronger than the sacerdotal, that I took for the title of my address at the graduating exercises The clergy and reform. I remember that I had just been reading Horne's farthing epic of Orion, and had an ambitious sentence in my add
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, VI: in and out of the pulpit (search)
e perfectly bewildered and decide that the notes will never end but go with you always. One of the valuable friendships formed at this period was that with David Wasson, whom Mr. Higginson dubbed the most interesting person I know. This radical young parson had recently been ordained at the neighboring town of Bradford (or Groveland), to Mr. Higginson's surprise, who thought Wasson too heretical for any council to admit. Mr. F. B. Sanborn remembers encountering in that region a country youth who summed up the two independent clergymen thus: Wal, he's [Wasson] a sort of infidel; he says he don't take much stock in th' old saints; Mista Hinkerson [Higgg ago and had been long felt. I am very sure that good will come of what I said: they need a note of discord to break the general monotony of the meetings. To Mr. Wasson he confided some of his professional anxieties:— Nov. 17, 1851. Something must be done with this great Orthodox church; no question of that; the how
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, IX: the Atlantic Essays (search)
dy and told his mother:— I yesterday propounded an arrangement to the Free Church people, by which I am to have—don't laugh–nothing less than a colleague. I cannot always go on at the rate I have been lately working. . . . The plan is that Wasson should so come and do the greater part of the preaching, taking of course a good part of the salary; this will leave me time for preaching, lecturing and writing, and by this I can make up a sufficient income, for the present at least. . . . In f great, that I have to contrive means to keep myself out of work. An unexpected break in this too laborious life came in the autumn of 1855, when the Higginsons sailed for Fayal for Mrs. Higginson's health. They spent the winter there, and Mr. Wasson took charge of the Free Church during this absence. Fayal proved to be more wonderful to the travellers than any dream, every inch of surface and each individual person being entirely different from anything they had seen before. In Mr. Higg<
interest in working people, 88; and Free Soil Party, 89-91; and temperance, 91, 92, 116, 310; fondness for children, 94, 95, 120. 121, 257, 272; establishes evening school at Newburyport, 95; early acquaintance with noted persons, 96-100; and David Wasson, 100, 101; and F. B. Sanborn, 100, 129; on Unitarian gatherings, 100, 101; doubts fitness for ministry, 101, 102; early lectures, 102, 107; resigns from Newburyport church, 103, 104; lives at Artichoke Mills, 105, 106; preaches in a hall, 107; Walker, Brig.-Gen., and Higginson, 227, 228. Ward, Julia, 26. See also Howe, Julia Ward. Ware, Thornton, 17, 18. Washington, Booker, school, 365; and northern colored people, 366. Washington, D. C., plan for safety of, 203-05. Wasson, David, and T. W. Higginson, 100, 101. Webb, R. D., Higginson visits, 322. Weiss, Rev. Mr., 267. Weld, Samuel, Higginson teaches in school of, 41-46. Wells, William, his school, 14, 15. Wentworth, Sir, John, 4. Wentworth, John, Gover
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, XXIV. a half-century of American literature (1857-1907) (search)
ht seems greater, the zenith farther off, the horizon wall steeper. With this result on the one side, and the vast and constant mixture of races on the other, there must inevitably be a change. No portion of our immigrant body desires to retain its national tongue; all races wish their children to learn the English language as soon as possible, yet no imported race wishes its children to take the British race, as such, for models. Our newcomers unconsciously say with that keen thinker, David Wasson, The Englishman is undoubtedly a wholesome figure to the mental eye; but will not twenty million copies of him do, for the present? The Englishman's strong point is his vigorous insularity; that of the American his power of adaptation. Each of these attitudes has its perils. The Englishman stands firmly on his feet, but he who merely does this never advances. The American's disposition is to step forward even at the risk of a fall. Washington Irving, who seemed at first to so acute a