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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 10: the religious side (search)
d Light as the Society of Friends did, could follow it, even to the selection of good texts. He was a firm but liberal Quaker, would carry out to the utmost the original standard, regarded as useless the division between Orthodox and Hicksite, andquite reconciled to the new departures in manner and observance which have marked the last twenty years. When asked as to Quaker variations from the ordinary grammar, he replied, according to Mrs. Claflin:-- It has been the manner of speech of Yet the manner in which historic extremes have so often met was never more strangely exhibited than in a fact in early Quaker tradition revealed by Whittier to Mrs. Fields. In speaking of Rossetti and his extraordinary medieval ballad of Sister Hhigher thought and life. This letter, hitherto unpublished, from one of the most gifted and cultivated associates in his Quaker years, reveals to us indirectly this mood of his, and is well worth printing because it mirrors his own mood. It may be
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 12: Whittier the poet (search)
rrimac Valley, five miles out from the market-town of Haverhill, where all things were elementary and of the plainest cast. The training of the Friends made his boyhood more simple, otherwise it mattered little whether he derived from Puritan or Quaker sources. Still it was much, in one respect, to be descended from Quakers and Huguenots used to suffer and be strong for conscience’ sake. It placed him years in advance of the comfortable Brahmin class, with its blunted sense of right and wron the resort of many pilgrims, as steadily renewed his song. The poem in which Stedman finds the highest claim to have been made by Whittier as a natural balladist is the following:-- Cassandra Southwick It is a story of 1658, of a young Quaker girl sentenced in Boston, for her religion, to be transported to Virginia, and there sold as a slave. She is brought from prison to where the merchant ships are at anchor, and the ship-men are asked who will take charge of her. This is what f
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Index. (search)
memorial of mob period, 65; a leader of the Disunionists, 68; Garrison's tribute to, 72; his tribute to Garrison, 72-75; differs from Garrison, 75; writes to Channing, 75; first edition of poems, 76; moves to Amesbury, 77; service to freedom, 77; Quaker principle, 78; interest in reform, 80; his Tent on the beach, 81, 82; his conscientiousness, 82; writes The King's Missive, 83; elected a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 83, 176; his argument about the King's Missive, 84-86; interumor, 103, 104; seriousness of early poems, 103; compared with Whitman, 106; pleasure in tending fire, 109; R. S. Rantoul's delineation of, 110; acquaintance with fellow-authors, 110-112; his heroes, 112, 113; Hayne's poem on, 113, 114; a liberal Quaker, 115-117; fondness for Rossetti's ballad of Sister Helen, 117-118; his relation to Society of Friends, 118-124; his interpretation of The Inward Light, 124-126; his interest in spiritualism, 126, 127; his thoughts on spiritual subjects, 127, 130;
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Book III (continued) (search)
destined to be the literary centre of the future. Bayard Taylor is fairly representative of his State by virtue of his Quaker descent and his mixed English and German blood. Aside from the abounding life of nature in which he immersed himself as earned modem Greek before he learned ancient Greek. His few good poems, such as the popular Bedouin song, John Reed, The Quaker widow, Euphorion, are far too few. He had latent powers, if not supreme power, but it was misdirected. To his contemporahe Civil War in Pennsylvania, but Mitchell's best work belongs to the Revolutionary and Washington cycle: Hugh Wynne free Quaker sometimes Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel on the staff of his Excellency general Washington (1896), The youth of Washington tolad seen. Beside a full-fledged cowboy of the earlier period of their brief reign the Indian pales to a mere recalcitrant Quaker. With the further development of the country the cowboy became more civilized and later on he redeemed himself by writin
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Index (search)
Coast history, 146 Publications of the historical Society of California, 143 Public debts, 442 Public economy for the United States, 435 Public libraries in the United States, 171 n. Puchner, R., 582 Puck, 22 Pudd'nhead Wilson, 18, 19 Pulitzer, Joseph, 329, 330 Pumpelly, Raphael, 164 Punch, 22, 100, 309 Pupil, the, 104 Putnam, G. H., 543, 543 n. Putnam, G. P., 547 Putnam's magazine, 314 Putnam's monthly and the critic 314 Putnam's monthly magazine, 313-14 Quaker widow, the, 43 Quality of mercy, the, 84 Quarles, 59 Queen's College, 392 Queen's County in olden times, 179 Questionable Shapes, 84 Questions of the day, 436 Quimby, P. P., 523, 525, 527 Quincy, Josiah, 519 Quintilian, 471 Qui perd gagne, 592 R. T., 427 Rabbi Ben Ezra, 111 Radcliffe, Mrs., 541 Radical empiricism, 249 Radical reformer, the, 437 Rae, John, 434 Rafinesque, C. S., 619 Rafn, C. C., 473 Rag baby, a, 279 Raguet, Condy, 438 Railroad
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, chapter 7 (search)
plicity would then have made the picture unfaithful. One has only to read over the private letters of any educated family of that period to see that people did not then express themselves as they now do; that they were far more ornate in utterance, more involved in statement, more impassioned in speech. Even a comparatively terse writer like Prescott, in composing Brown's biography only sixty years ago, shows traces of the earlier period. Instead of stating simply that his hero was a born Quaker, he says of him: He was descended from a highly respectable family, whose parents were of that estimable sect who came over with William Penn, to seek an asylum where they might worship their Creator unmolested, in the meek and humble spirit of their own faith. Prescott justly criticises Brown for saying, I was fraught with the apprehension that my life was endangered ; or his brain seemed to swell beyond its continent ; or I drew every bolt that appended to it ; or on recovering from deli
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, chapter 21 (search)
under which wild erratic natures grow calm. A fine training it was also, for these children themselves, to see their mother one of the few who could unite all kinds of friendship in the same life. Having herself the entree of whatever the fashion of Newport could in those days afford; entertaining brilliant or showy guests from New York, Washington, London, or Paris; her doors were as readily open at the same time to the plainest or most modest reformer-abolitionist, woman suffragist, or Quaker; and this as a matter of course, without struggle. I remember the indignation over this of a young visitor from Italy, one of her own kindred, who was in early girlhood so independently un-American that she came to this country only through defiance. Her brother had said to her after one of her tirades, Why do you not go there and see for yourself? She responded, So I will, and sailed the next week. Once arrived, she antagonized everything, and I went in one day and found her reclining
f the town, then its commercial centre, it is now divided between the tenements of fishermen and the summer homes of city households. Still the great old houses remain, with mahogany stairways, carved wainscoting, and painted tiles; the sea has encroached upon their gardens, and only boats like mine approach where English dukes and French courtiers once landed. At the head of yonder private wharf, in that spacious and still cheerful abode, dwelt the beautiful Robinson sisterhood,the three Quaker belles of Revolutionary days, the memory of whose loves might lend romance to this neighborhood forever. One of these maidens was asked in marriage by a captain in the English army, and was banished by her family to the Narragansett shore, under a flag of truce, to avoid him; her lover was afterward killed by a cannon-ball, in his tent, and she died unwedded. Another was sought by two aspirants, who came in the same ship to woo her, the one from Philadelphia, the other from New York. She
he Spectator and the Tatler; the great mahogany chairs looked as hospitable as when the French officers were quartered in the house during the Revolution, and its Quaker owner, Miss Martha's grand-uncle, had carried out a seat that the weary sentinel might sit down. Descended from one of those families of Quaker beauties whom De Quaker beauties whom De Lauzun celebrated, they bore. the memory of those romantic lives, as something very sacred, in hearts which perhaps held as genuine romances of their own. Miss Martha's sweet face was softened by advancing deafness and by that gentle, appealing look which comes when mind and memory grow a little dimmer, though the loving nature memory. But I do not care very much. There are so few things worth remembering! They kept house together in sweet accord, and were indeed trained in the neat Quaker ways so thoroughly, that they always worked by the same methods. In opinion and emotion they were almost duplicates. Yet the world holds no absolute and perfect
Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1, Chapter 7: passion flowers 1852-1858; aet. 33-39 (search)
on during the winter of 1847, a young mother with two dear girl babies, when Sumner, I think, brought Whittier to our rooms and introduced him to me. His appearance then was most striking. His eyes glowed like black diamonds-his hair was of the same hue, brushed back from his forehead. Several were present on this occasion who knew him familiarly, and one of these persons bantered him a little on his bachelor state. Mr. Whittier said in reply: The world's people have taken so many of our Quaker girls that there is none left for me. A year or two later, my husband invited him to dine, but was detained so late that I had a tete-a-tAte of half an hour with Mr. Whittier. We sat near the fire, rather shy and silent, both of us. Whenever I spoke to Whittier, he hitched his chair nearer to the fire. At last Dr. Howe came in. I said to him afterwards, My dear, if you had been a little later, Mr. Whittier would have gone up the chimney. The most welcome visitor of all was Uncle Sam Wa
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