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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1862. (search)
e a pride and an interest. He was soon after detailed for duty in the provost guard, but disliked the easy and monotonous life, and was impatient to be again with his company and on the advance; and about the 10th of May he was relieved. Then followed a campaign which is pleasantly described in his letters. Beauton Station, June 11, 1863. dear——,—We marched all night the day we left, and the weather was showery. At about four A. M., we halted at Spotswood tavern and rested till ten; then a day's march brought us to this point, where we camped at six P. M., in a fine oak forest. We carried no tents, only blankets and haversacks. The next morning the men received six days rations additional, which were stowed away in their knapsacks. We rested all that day, as we had need of doing after marching forty miles in a trifle over twenty-four hours. At about five P. M., we received sudden orders to march, and made about four miles, when we bivouacked in a wood without fires. <
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 7: (search)
ding and opening to us the little collections in mineralogy and natural history, and a few interesting inscriptions and antiquities found on the site of the Temple of Jupiter. When this was finally over, the prior accompanied us a little way down the mountain, and left us full of gratitude for his kindness, and deeply impressed with the benevolent utility of this remarkable institution, and the still more remarkable exertions and sacrifices of the Augustine monks who conduct it. Last year ten of the monks and two servants were overwhelmed by an avalanche, while guiding some travellers to the hospice, and all perished. As we descended the mountain we went a little out of our way to see a bridge and an avalanche which exactly corresponded to the description of one in Strabo.— Note by Mr. Ticknor. September 27.—Between Brigg and Domo d'ossola, we have today crossed the Alps by the Simplon,—a most astonishing proof of the power of man . . . . It is impossible to give any idea of <
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 20: (search)
ll enough. Mrs. T. has set up an opposition line of soirees every Thursday, which quite distances my humble Sunday Evening concerns, without, however, putting them down; and next Thursday she has invited a moderate fraction of her dear five hundred friends to come and dance it out with her. This, I think, would seem enough to any reasonable person; but on the intervening evenings we have generally been to some sort of a party, from a seven-o'clock sociable to a ball which does not begin till ten; and the daytimes are spent in listening to Miss Walsh, Miss Anna Walsh, second daughter of Mr. Robert Walsh, a charming singer, who passed the winter with Mrs. Ticknor. who keeps us in an atmosphere of melody during most of the hours we are awake. The long and the short of the matter is, that if you were here you would not know us for the humdrum people that have heretofore lived in Park Street and Tremont Street, except that you would find us just as glad to see you as ever. In the
neral Grant to General Halleck.—(Cipher telegram.) near Grand Gulf, Miss., April 27, 1863. Moving troops from Smith's plantation to the Mississippi has been a tedious operation, more so than it should have been. I am now embarking troops for the attack on Grand Gulf. Expect to make it to-morrow. General Grant to General Halleck.—(Cipher telegram.) near Grand Gulf, April 29, 1863. The gunboats engaged Grand Gulf batteries from eight this morning until one P. M., and from dusk till ten. The army and transports are now below Grand Gulf. A landing will be effected on the east bank of the river to-morrow. I feel now that the battle is more than half over. General Grant to General Halleck.—(letter.) Grand Gulf, Miss., May 3, 1863. On the 29th of April, Admiral Porter attacked the fortifications at this place with seven iron-clads, commencing at eight o'clock A. M., and continuing until half-past 1, engaging them at very close quarters, many times not being more than <
ision. The evils of faction were healed by the unity of the administration, and the dignity and virtues of the governor; and the colonists, excited by mutual emulation, performed their tasks with alacrity. At the beginning of the day, they assembled in the little church, which was kept neatly trimmed with the wild flowers of the country; Purchas, IV. 1753. next, they returned to their houses to receive their allowance of food. The settled hours of labor were from six in the morning till ten, and from two in the afternoon till four. The houses were warm and Chap. IV.} 1610. secure, covered above with strong boards, and matted on the inside after the fashion of the Indian wigwams. Security and affluence were returning. But the health of Lord Delaware sunk under the cares of his situation and the diseases of the climate; and, after a lingering sickness, he was compelled to leave the administration with Percy, and return to England. The New Life of Virginia, 1612, republishe
be before some indiscretion would place them at the mercy of their oppressors? The apportionment of Members of the colonial Legislature was grossly unequal; the Governor could create Boroughs; the actual Legislature, whose members were in part unwisely selected, in part unduly returned, rarely called together, and liable to be continued or dissolved at the pleasure of the Governor, increased the poor man's burdens by voting an annual poll-tax to raise five thousand pounds, and the next year ten Chap. XXVII.} 1766. Oct. thousand more, to build a House for the Governor at Newbern. Martin's North Carolina, II. 227, 228, 229, 230; Wheeler, i. 55. In Boston, the General Court resumed its session near the end of October; and received petitions from the sufferers by the Stamp Act. The form of its an- Nov. swer was suggested by Joseph Hawley, the Member for Northampton. He was the only son of a schoolmaster, himself married, but childless; a very able lawyer, of whose singular di
he wind, spread with amazing rapidity, and soon became general. Women and children, mothers with little ones in their arms, were seen by the glare, running through the shower of cannonballs to get out of their range. Two or three persons were hit; and the scene became one of extreme horror and confusion. Several times the British attempted to land, and once to bring cannon into a street; but they were driven back by the spirit and conduct of the Americans. The cannonade did not abate till ten at night; after a short pause it was renewed, but with less fury, and was kept up till two the next morning. The flames, which had made their way from street to street, raged for three days, till four fifths, or, as some computed, nine tenths, of the houses were reduced to ashes and heaps of ruins. In this manner the royal governor burned and laid waste the best town in the oldest and most loyal colony of England, to which Elizabeth had given a name, and Raleigh devoted his fortune, and S
ession made by Webster upon an educated and cultivated woman on a social occasion. His great career in the Senate began ten years later. But to quote from the letter. Space will not permit its insertion in full. Since I last wrote, many pleasant things have happened to me particularly, of these the most prominent is a day passed on the Canal, and its shores; there was such a variety in the amusements of the day, and of so choice a kind, that I felt no fatigue from 9 in the morning till 10 at night. We entered the boat at Charlestown at 1/2 past 9. The party was too large to have any stiffness; indeed there was the utmost ease and good humor without sadness through the day. The shores of the Canal for most of the distance are beautiful. We proceeded at the rate of 3 miles an hour, drawn by two horses, to the most romantic spot (about 9 miles from Boston) that I ever beheld. The lake is about twice the size of Jamaica Pond or larger, and has a small wooded island in th
Arrests in October. --During the month of October 204 persons were committed to the 1st Station House, of whom 100 were white, 79 slaves and 25 free negroes. To the 2d Station House, 59, of whom 30 were white, 22 slaves and 7 free negroes. Total arrests during the month 263.
. The late pressure to sell was undoubtedly from weak parties having buyer's options. The October earnings of the New York Central Railroad, it is said, will foot up rather less than September, about $840,000, which is considerably below the estimates of the early part of October. The falling off in the latter part of the month is attributed to bad weather. Mr. Smith, master of transrtation on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, puts down the earnings of the line for the month of October at about $475,000, which will be larger than September, and about $50,000 in excess of October,October, 1859. The payments into the Sub-Treasury at New York of the new loan, up to the 1st inst., were $1,350,000. The monthly statement of the Assistant Treasurer, in that city, shows cash receipts for customs during October of $2,611,800, against $2,276,683 the same month last year. The balance on hand, $5,175,582. The New York Herald, of Saturday, says: The recovery in the stock m
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