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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 3: Holmes (search)
Dwight, his associate, could have compared the microscopical coiled tube of a sweat-gland to a fairy's intestine. He was also one of the early microscopists, and these are themselves the poets of science. He suggested in 1872, before Percival Lowell did, the snows on Mars; and described a plant, considered as a companion for a sick room, in the true Darwinian spirit as an innocent, delightfully idiotic being that is not troubled with any of our poor human weaknesses and irritabilities. Dr. Cheever says of him that he was too sympathetic to practise medicine, and when he thought it necessary to use a freshly killed rabbit for demonstration he always left his assistant to chloroform it and besought him not to let it squeak. He believed in the elevating influence of the medical profession, and said that Goldsmith and even Smollett, both having studied and practised medicine, could not, by any possibility, have outraged all the natural feelings in delicacy and decency, as Swift and Z
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 4: Longfellow (search)
tudents in 1821--the number being only I 114 in all and given on a single page, yet including an unusually large proportion of men nationally famous. The little college, then only twenty years old, contributed to literature, out of its undergraduates, Longfellow and Hawthorne, then spelled Hathorne; to public life, Franklin Pierce, President of the United States; to the medical profession, Drs. Luther V. Bell and D. Humphreys Storer; and to the Christian ministry, Calvin E. Stowe and George B. Cheever. The corresponding four classes at Harvard had more than twice the number of students (252), but I do not think the proportion of men of national reputation was quite so large, although the Harvard list included Admiral C. H. Davis, Charles Francis Adams, Frederick Henry Hedge, George Ripley, and Sears Cook Walker. It is interesting also to note the records of the library kept in Longfellow's clear and delicate hand; the old copy of Horace, which had previously belonged to Calvin E
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Index (search)
ant, W. C., 35. Burns, Anthony, 177. Burroughs, Stephen, 30. Byron, Lord, 46. Cabot, J. E., 68. Carey & Lea, publishers, 118. Carlyle, Thomas, 53, 140. Carter, Robert, 46, 47, 67, 69. Channing, Prof. E. T., 14, 15, 44. Channing, Prof., Edward, 15. Channing, Rev. W. E., 116. Channing, W. E., (of Concord), 58, 64. Channing, W. H., 15, 57, 64, 104, 167. Channing, Dr., Walter, 84. Chateaubriand, Vicomte, 191. Chatterton, Thomas, 114. Chauncey, Pres., Charles, 7, 8, 9. Cheever, Rev. G. B., 94, 113. Cheney, S. W., 169, 170. Chester, Capt., John, 20. Child, F. J., 183. Clarke, Rev. J. F., 57, 104. Cleveland, Pres., Grover, 195. Cleveland, H. R., 123. Cogswell, J. G., 14, 27, 116, 117. Coleridge, S. T., 38, 91, 95. Collamer, Jacob, 161. Cooper, J. F., 35. Craigie, Mrs., 124, 129. Cranch, C. P., 58, 64, 70. Crichton, the Admirable, 155. Curtis, G. T., 16. Cuvier, Baron, 35. Dana, Francis, 15. Dana, R. H., 14, 15. Dana, R. H., Jr., 15, 191. Dana, Ric