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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, VII. Kansas and John Brown (search)
VII. Kansas and John Brown Coming into Boston Harbor in September, 1856, after a long and stormy passage in a sailing vessel from the island of Fayal, the passengers, of whom I was one, awaited with eager interest the arrival of the pilot. He proved to be one of the most stolid and reticent of his tribe, as impenetrable to our curiosity as were his own canvas garments to raindrops. At last, as if to shake us off, he tugged from some remote pocket a torn fragment of a daily newspaper,--large enough to set before our eyes at a glance the momentous news of the assault on Charles Sumner in the United States Senate, and of the blockading of the Missouri River against Free State emigrants. Arrived on shore, my immediate party went at once to Worcester; and the public meeting held by my friends to welcome me back became also a summons to call out volunteer emigrants for Kansas. Worcester had been thoroughly wakened to the needs of the new Territory through the formation of the Emig
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Estray, The, 102. Everett, Edward, 12, 79, 189. Everett, Mrs., Edward, 12. Fallersleben, Hoffmann von, 101. Falstaff, quoted, 174. Farlow, W. G., 59. Farrar, Mrs., John, 90. Faust, 244. Fay, Maria, 34, 74, 75. Fay, S. P. P., 75- Fayal, Voyage from, 196. Felton, C. C., 53, 54. Fichte, J. G., 102. Fields, J. T., 176, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 292. Fillmore, Millard, 136. Finnegan, General, 262. Fiske, John, 58, 59. Fitzgerald, Lord, Edward, 66. Fletcher, Andrew, of Salt writing, 145; first magazine articles, 172; first contribution to Atlantic monthly, 171; perilous versatility, 182; Young Folks' history of United States, 186; love of athletic exercises, 194; school committee work, 193; first book, 194; trip to Fayal, 196; visit to Kansas, 197; meeting with J. H. Lane, 203; intercourse with John Brown, 218; visit to his family, 226; attempt to rescue his confederates, 231; visit to a slave dealer's, 235; action during civil war, 245; enlistment, 248; transfer