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Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 2, Chapter 1: the Boston mob (second stage).—1835. (search)
5.171. Compare Right and Wrong in Boston, 1836, [1] p. 29). Perhaps a hundred individuals had already gathered around the street door and opposite the building, and their number was rapidly augmenting. On ascending into the hall, It was up two flights. I found about fifteen or twenty ladies assembled, Mostly white, but some negroes and mulattoes ( Garrison mob, p. 17). The names of some of these can be given: Miss Mary S. Parker, Miss Henrietta Sargent, Miss Martha V. Ball, Miss Elizabeth Whittier, Mrs. Thankful Southwick, Mrs. Lavinia Hilton, Miss Ann Greene Chapman, Miss Anne Warren Weston, Mrs. Maria Weston Chapman. Mrs. Garrison was among those excluded by the mob. She reached Washington Street in sight of it, and was taken by Mr. John E. Fuller to his home, where she passed the night. Though she was conscious, says her husband, of the danger to which in all probability I should be exposed, yet she made no plea in advance as to the duty or expediency of my remaining at h
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, I. A Cambridge boyhood (search)
d the Wentworths; the latter, in particular, holding their heads so high that they were declared by a wicked Portsmouth wit to speak habitually of Queen Elizabeth as Cousin Betsy Tudor. This was the nest in which my grandmother had been reared. She had lived from childhood in the house of her grandfather, Judge Wentworth; her great-grandfather was the first of the three royal governors of that name, and the two others were her near kinsmen. She might, indeed, have sat for the heroine of Whittier's ballad, Amy Wentworth; but it was a soldier, not a sailor, whom she married; and when she went to Englandfortunately under the proper escort of a kinswoman — she was apparently received, both by her husband's relatives and her own, with all the warmth that might have been expected — that is, with none at all. Yet she had sweet and winning qualities which finally triumphed over all obstacles; and her married life, though full of vicissitudes, was, on the whole, happy. They dwelt in Englan
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 6 (search)
among the poets of Greece. It was thus with Hurlbert when he died, although his few poems in Putnam's magazine --Borodino, Sorrento, and the like — seemed to us the dawn of a wholly new genius; and I remember that when the cool and keen-sighted Whittier read his Gan Eden, he said to me that one who had written that could write anything he pleased. Yet the name of the youth was not mentioned among the poets; and the utter indifference with which the announcement of his death was received was a it; and moreover the whole younger community was on my side. It did not help the matter that I let myself be nominated for Congress by the new Free Soil party in 1848, and stumped the district, though in a hopeless minority. The nomination was Whittier's doing, partly to prevent that party from nominating him; and he agreed that, by way of reprieve, I should go to Lowell and induce Josiah G. Abbott, then a young lawyer, to stand in my place. Abbott's objection is worth recording: if elected,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, V. The fugitive slave epoch (search)
lzie as their neighbors. Scott's The heart of Mid-Lothian. Nothing did more to strengthen my antislavery zeal, about 1848, than the frequent intercourse with Whittier and his household, made possible by their nearness to Newburyport. It was but a short walk or drive of a few miles from my residence to his home; or, better stiressing regrets for his ill health, in talking with one of the leading citizens of Amesbury, and found that my companion could not agree with me; he thought that Whittier's ill health had helped him in the end, for it had kept him from engaging in business, and had led him to writing poetry, which had given him reputation outside dinburgh citizen who thought that Sir Walter Scott might have been sic a respectable mon had he stuck to his original trade of law advocate. To me, who sought Whittier for his poetry as well as his politics, nothing could have been more delightful than his plain abode with its exquisite Quaker neatness. His placid mother, rejo
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 8 (search)
s fortunate variety of personal temperaments. Emerson, Hawthorne, Whittier, Holmes, Longfellow, and Lowell, to name only the six most commonh; complaining of Emerson as being inorganic in structure; finding Whittier sometimes crude, Hawthorne bloodless in style, Holmes a trifler, L to her, Edmund Quincy next to me. Dr. Stowe was at Holmes's left, Whittier at his; and Longfellow, Underwood, John Wyman, and others were prewine was wanting. There were probably no men of the party, except Whittier and myself, who did not habitually drink it, and various little josion may have been lively, but was not marked by eminent tact; and Whittier, indeed, told me afterwards that Dr. and Mrs. Stowe agreed in sayinscious of a certain monotony. Neither Emerson nor Longfellow nor Whittier was a great talker, and though the conversation was always lively d I think he was the only one in the early Atlantic circle, except Whittier and myself,--with Emerson also, latterly,--who favored woman suffr
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 10 (search)
h such an experience in my mind, and the fact everywhere visible in Kansas of the armed antagonism of the Free State and pro-slavery parties, I readily shared the feeling-then more widely spread than we can now easily recall — of the possible necessity of accepting the disunion forced upon us by the apparently triumphant career of the slave power. It was a period when Banks had said, in a speech in Maine, that it might be needful, in a certain contingency, to let the Union slide; and when Whittier had written in the original form of his poem on Texas,-- Make our Union-bond a chain, We will snap its links in twain We will stand erect again! These men were not Garrisonians or theoretical disunionists, but the pressure of events seemed, for the moment, to be driving us all in their direction. I find that at the jubilant twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society (January 2, 1857) I said, in Faneuil Hall, To-morrow may call us to some work so
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
Daniel, 82, 136, 297. Webster, J. W., 27. Weiss, John, 103, 169. Weld, S. M., 78. Weller, Sam, 334. Wells, W. H., 129. Wells, William, 19, 20, 2x. Wendell, Barrett, 52. Wentworth, Amy, 8. Weyman, Stanley, 29. Whewell, William, 92, 101. Whipple, E. P., 170, 176. White, A. D. , 312. White, Blanco, 183. White, William, 126. White fugitive slaves, 146. Whitman, Walt, 230, 231, 289. Whittier, J. G., 8, 111, 128, 132, 133, 134, 135, 168, 171, 178, 179, 180, 185, 237. Whittier, Elizabeth, 133, 134. Wightman, Mayor, 244. Wilberforce, William, 327. Wilder, S. V. S., 10. Willis, Mr. 233. Willis, N. P., 95, 271. Wilson, Billy, 231. Wimpffen, General, 324 Wines, E. C., 310. Winkelried, Arnold, 154. Winnemucca, Sarah, 87. Winthrop, R. C., 53. Winthrop, Theodore, 107. Wise, H. A., 224, 225. Woman's Rights Movement, 120. Woman Suffrage, 121. Woodward, Rufus, 62. Wordsworth, William, 69, 194, 272, 294, 338. Wnght, H. C., 113. Wyman, J C., 176, 178. Xa
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 2: the Worcester period (search)
, 1859 I got home from Pennsylvania on Friday morning. Whittier was in the same region a month before me and he said, Godul and gay, but inwardly sad, under that bright surface. Whittier is the simplest and truest of men, beautiful at home, butere we encountered dear, dark, slender, simple, sensitive Whittier, trying to decide whether to drink delight of battle withinted; each visibly wished to run away from the other; to Whittier a woman is a woman, and he was as bashful before the smalple, Edmund Quincy, Professor Stowe, Stillman the artist, Whittier (after all), Woodman, John Wyman, and Underwood. When dio place me there, which he did. On Dr. Holmes's left was Whittier, next, Professor Stowe, opposite me, while Mrs. S. was onrod, perch, or pole ), but I suppose that will be liked. Whittier's poem is daring, but successful; Agassiz has covered then I went. White dress and cape bonnet; face between Elizabeth Whittier and Susan Higginson: looking older than I expected.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 3: Journeys (search)
all over the lonely hill-top, and five children with cows and tin kettles and the baby in a wagon — in the waning June sunset; five little sisters there were, with all bleached but their blue eyes. Worcester, June, 1862 Mrs. Howell, of Philadelphia, a most attractive woman whom I met last year, is there [Princeton] already. She wrote Milton's verses on his blindness which were included in a London edition of his works, and there is a mild, chronic, Quakerly flirtation between her and Whittier, who wrote in the April Atlantic a charming poem about a ride with her at Princeton last year. She is a fine-looking woman of forty-five, but the hotel scandal of last year was that she wears what are called plumpers in her cheeks to preserve the roundness of early years, and though I hold this a libel, still the overwhelming majority of last year's Princetonians believe it. Miss Betsey Sturgis, that arbiter of fashion, says plumpers are very common in Philadelphia and she does n't doubt M
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 7: Cambridge in later life (search)
mericanism in literature, it is the democratic society of the future which, by subordinating the conventional and the individual, is really to afford more material and a far higher style of contrast. I am almost indignant when you speak of the barren sentiment of a plain New England life --plain if you please, but not necessarily barren. Emerson and Hawthorne certainly did not find it practically barren, though the latter in one moment of degeneracy made a similar remark. The strength of Whittier has been in finding all needed elements of poetry at home. In answer to this letter of criticism, Stedman replied that he was speaking only of his personal experience in youth; that it was not the sentiment of Newport or Boston, but of a Calvinistic back-country, where he was injured for life and almost perished of repression and atrophy. January 9, 1888 Do pay proper attention to William Austin, of whom Duyckinck has some account. I think his Peter Rugg had marked influence on Ha
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