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Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters, Chapter 5: the Knickerbocker group (search)
become a poet. At thirteen he produced a satire on Jefferson, The Embargo, which his proud Federalist father printed at Boston in 1808. The youth had nearly one year at Williams College, over the mountain ranges to the west. He wished to continue his education at Yale, but his father had no money for this greater venture, and the son remained at home. There, in the autumn of 1811, on the bleak hills, he composed the first draft of Thanatopsis. He was seventeen, and he had been reading Blair's Grave and the poems of the consumptive Henry Kirke White. He hid his verses in a drawer, and five years later his father found them, shed tears over them, and sent them to the North American review, where they were published in September, 1817. In the meantime the young man had studied law, though with dislike of it, and with the confession that he sometimes read The Lyrical ballads when he might have been reading Blackstone. One December afternoon in 1815, he was walking from Cumming
James Parton, Horace Greeley, T. W. Higginson, J. S. C. Abbott, E. M. Hoppin, William Winter, Theodore Tilton, Fanny Fern, Grace Greenwood, Mrs. E. C. Stanton, Women of the age; being natives of the lives and deeds of the most prominent women of the present gentlemen, Grace Greenwood-Mrs. Lippincott. (search)
down by any window in London, or lounge through any street in London, and describe the characters that pass before him, in a way that will charm the reading public of two continents, in paragraphs for every one of which his publishers will gladly pay him a guinea before the ink is dry. Sara Clarke was not three years in her teens before the Rochester papers were glad to get her compositions. They were fresh, piquant, racy. It was impossible to guess whether she had read either Whately or Blair, but it was clear that she had a rhetoric trimmed by no pedantic rules. It was nature's own child talking of nature's charms, her pen, like a mountain rill, neither running between walls of chiselled stone, nor roofed with Roman arches, but wandering between clumps of willows, and meandering at its own sweet will through beds of daisies and fields of blooming clover. There was nothing remarkable about her education. When she left school in 1843, at the age of nineteen, she knew rather mor
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 4, Chapter 4: the reelection of Lincoln.—1864. (search)
on wrote (Ms. Feby. 11, 1864) that, in a recent interview with Secretary Stanton, the latter stated that his father gave Lundy the money to start his paper, and then remarked that there was one person whom he wished to see before he died, and that person was yourself. I therefore write to request you to pay your numerous friends here a visit, and at the same time gratify the wish of the Hon. Secretary. But I cannot give particulars. Secretary Chase is out of the city. Neither Seward nor Blair will get a call. From the White House, we then went to the Capitol, and there found Congress in session. We sent in our cards to Sumner and Wilson, who instantly came out and insisted on our going upon the floor of the Senate, where we really had no right to be. Sumner conducted me to John P. Hale's chair, which I occupied for some time—Hale not being present. A great number of the Senators were introduced to me; among them were Fessenden, Wade, Wilkinson, Morgan, etc. Quite a W. P. Fe
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 21: Germany.—October, 1839, to March, 1840.—Age, 28-29. (search)
ough this was joyously announced a month ago. I have been led into this tableau of politics I hardly know how; but hope you will excuse it. I have read Legareas article New York Review, Oct. 1839, Vol. V. pp. 270-334; Memoirs and Writings of Hugh S. Legare, Vol. I. pp. 502-558. on the Roman laws of which you speak. It is learned, and in many respects does him credit, though with a touch of what I will call the-finding-a-mare'snest style. Such a style I know was unknown to Aristotle or Blair. He takes Hallam to do for a judgment on certain ancient writers on the Roman law. Hallam is right, and Legare is wrong. The writers have gone to oblivion, and cannot be dragged out of it. The golden writers of the sixteenth century in France will be remembered ever, except in France,where they are now forgotten,—Cujas, Doneau, Dumoulin, and Faber; but that vast body whose tomes weigh down the shelves of the three or four preceding centuries have passed away. Of these I had read in Terras
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 3 (search)
quartermaster, and Major Shiras, commissary of subsistence, and obtained all the information desired. Met at the President's in the evening at eight o'clock. Present, the same as on the first day, with the addition of the Postmaster-General, Judge Blair, who came in after the meeting had begun the discussion. I read a paper containing both General Franklin's and my own views, General Franklin agreeing with Me—in view of time, etc., required to take this army to another base— that operations ehind the one they now occupy, and we should have all our work to do over again. Mr. Seward thought if we only had a victory over them it would answer, whether obtained at Manassas or further south. Governor Chase replied in general terms to Judge Blair, to the effect that the moral power of a victory over the enemy, in his present position, would be as great as one elsewhere, all else equal; and the danger lay in the probability that we should find, after losing time and millions, that we sh
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, Index. (search)
of the Potomac army, its origin and value, 268. Baker, Colonel, death at battle of Ball's Bluff, 77. Ball's Bluff, the battle of, 75. Barnard, General, on early ideas on quelling the rebellion, 29; on assaulting Yorktown, 110; on the passage of the Chickahominy, 130. Bethel, Butler, General, plan for capture of Big and Little, 31. Big Bethel, the affair of, 31. Birney, evidence on Meade's attack at Fredericksburg, 248. Blackburn's Ford, General Tyler's repulse at, 48. Blair, Postmaster-General, on advance via York River, 83. Blenker's division detached from Mc-Clellan to join Fremont, 93. Bolivar Heights, the position of, 206. Bottom's Bridge, purpose of throwing Potomac army on Richmond side of the Chickahominy, 121. Boydton plankroad, action of, 542. Braddock Road, origin of the name, 47. Brandy Station, cavalry action at, 313. Bristoe Station, Hooker's defeat of Ewell at, 179; race of the two armies for, 380; battle of, 383. Buckland'
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 14: (search)
ttempt to conceal his delight during the whole performance, and when it was over, said to me, That's fine, sir; I think that is very fine; and then looked up at me with one of his most comical Scotch expressions of face, half-way between cunning and humor, and added, All I wish is, that Jedediah Cleishbotham could be here to enjoy it! I met him in court one morning, when he was not occupied, and he proposed to take a walk with me. He carried me round and showed me the houses of Ferguson, Blair, Hume, Smith, Robertson, Black, and several others, telling, at the same time, amusing anecdotes of these men, and bringing out a story for almost every lane and close we passed; explained and defended more at large the opinion he has advanced in Guy Mannering, that the days of these men were the golden days of Edinburgh, and that we live in the decline of society there. I am not certain we do not; but I was never less disposed to acknowledge it than at that moment. Among other anecdotes
s regiment and 30 of the Second. He found Sawyer's brigade lying down, many of them asleep. Bringing a section of artillery, he endeavored to get the pieces in position, but one mired so that it was useless. Then dismounting 150 men under Captain Blair, Colonel Cheek directed them to close in, and, at the sound of the gun, to fire, shout and advance. The colonel waited with a squadron to charge on the stampede. At the flash of the signal gun, Blair's men rushed forward, firing and shoutine. At the flash of the signal gun, Blair's men rushed forward, firing and shouting, and in the confusion that followed, Cheek charged with his mounted men. The result was that the brigade was badly broken and driven on the main body. General Hampton reports: Kilpatrick immediately moved his division off at a gallop, leaving one of his wagons with horses hitched to it and one caisson full of ammunition. This bold deed, as seen, probably saved the liberation of the prisoners at Belle island.
ruits collected under his call near Booneville, under command of Col. John S. Marmaduke. On June 16, 1861, General Lyon ascended the Missouri river to attack this force of about 800 men, having with him troops commanded by Colonels Schaeffer and Blair, Captain Steele and Major Osterhaus, detachments of other regiments, and Totten's artillery, a force greatly superior to Governor Jackson's little army. Colonel Marmaduke deemed this force of Lyon too strong to be resisted. General Price was datizens of Missouri went with Governor Jackson, accompanied by the heads of the State department, and by Gens. J. B. Clark and Monroe M. Parsons. When they arrived at a place called Cole Camp, they found there a body of home guards, whom Lyon and Blair had ordered to intercept the march of Jackson. They were mostly Germans. Colonel O'Kane, of a gallant Confederate command, surprised them at midnight and nearly annihilated them. Their colonel, Cook, brother of the Cook who was hung at Harper
t's, McMahan's, and Moseley's batteries were also sent down, and General Green was informed of the position and movements of the fleet. The importance of reaching Blair's landing in advance of the fleet was impressed upon him. Green with his usual energy marched from Pleasant Hill for Blair's landing at 6 p. m. of the 11th. The sBlair's landing at 6 p. m. of the 11th. The same difficulty which met Bagby in the passage of the Bayou Pierre, namely, the want of a pontoon—which reference to my correspondence with the department headquarters will show I had long before asked for—seriously delayed Green's movement. He, however, reached the river at and below Blair's landing on the 12th, with Wood's, GouldBlair's landing on the 12th, with Wood's, Gould's and Parsons' commands, and engaged the fleet. The loss inflicted upon the crowded transports of the enemy was terrible. Several times the transports raised the white flag, but the gunboats, protected by their plating, kept up the heavy fire and compelled our troops to renew the punishment on the transports. Many times our sha
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