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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 1: childhood (search)
ut whom he wrote a ballad, and about whose name — translated, as is supposed, from the French Feuillevert — he has written the poem, A name. He was also descended through his maternal grandmother from Christopher Hussey, who had married a daughter of the Rev. Stephen Bachiler, a man of distinguished appearance and character, whose reputation was clouded for two centuries by charges made in his own day, but which now seem to have been dispelled by his descendants. See the imputations in Winthrop's Journal, and the final vindication in a paper by Charles E. Batchelder in N. E. Historical and Genealogical Register, January, 1892. Father Bachiler's striking appearance, dark, thin, and straight, black eyebrows, descended to the two men most conspicuous among his posterity, John Greenleaf Whittier and Daniel Webster. The homestead in which Whittier was reared is to this day so sheltered from the world that no neighbour's roof has ever been in sight from it; and Whittier says of it in
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 3: Whittier the politician (search)
g or Democrat; show me a party cutting itself loose from slavery, repudiating its treacherous professed allies of the South, and making the protection of Man the paramount object, and I am ready to go with it, heart and soul. The great body of the people of all parties here are ready to unite in the formation of a new party. The Whigs especially only wait for the movement of the men to whom they have been accustomed to look for direction. I may be mistaken, but I fully believe that Robert C. Winthrop holds in his hands the destiny of the North. By throwing himself on the side of this movement he could carry with him the Whig strength of New England. The Democrats here, with the exception of two or three office-holders and their dependents, defend the course of Banks, and applaud the manly speeches of Sumner. Pickard's Whittier, I. 374. I have gone a little in advance of the development of this part of Whittier's nature — that of the politician — to show how the gift which at
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 13: closing years (search)
ican author. It consisted of Senator Hoar's speech, followed by the signatures of all the Essex Club, of fifty-nine United States Senators, the entire bench of the Supreme Court of the United States,headed by Chief Justice Waite,--of Speaker Carlisle of the House of Representatives, and three hundred and thirty-three Members of the House, coming from every state and territory in the Union. To these were added the names of many private citizens of distinction, such as George Bancroft, Robert C. Winthrop, James G. Blaine, and Frederick Douglass. In that same year (1887) a companion tribute came in more concentrated form across the ocean. In 1887, Mr. George W. Childs, of Philadelphia, generously offered to defray the expense of a Milton memorial window in St. Margaret's Church, London. The offer was accepted, and in October of that year, Archdeacon Frederick W. Farrar wrote to him as follows:-- The Milton window is making good progress. It will be, I hope, magnificently beau
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Index. (search)
, Ruth Flint, 4. Whittier, Thomas, 4, 5. Whittier family, 4. Wilberforce, W., 33. Williams, Roger, 72, 156. Wilson, Deborah, 85. Wilson, Vice-President, Henry, 127. Winsor, Justin, his Memorial history of Boston, mentioned, 83. Winthrop, Robert C., 47, 181. Winthrop's Journal, cited, 6 n. Woman Suffrage Convention, 91, 92. Woodman, Mrs., 180. Woolman, John, 49, 51, 123, 124. Worcester, Mass., 91,121. Wordsworth, William, 119,141. World's Antislavery Convention, the, 77. ttier family, 4. Wilberforce, W., 33. Williams, Roger, 72, 156. Wilson, Deborah, 85. Wilson, Vice-President, Henry, 127. Winsor, Justin, his Memorial history of Boston, mentioned, 83. Winthrop, Robert C., 47, 181. Winthrop's Journal, cited, 6 n. Woman Suffrage Convention, 91, 92. Woodman, Mrs., 180. Woolman, John, 49, 51, 123, 124. Worcester, Mass., 91,121. Wordsworth, William, 119,141. World's Antislavery Convention, the, 77. Wright, Carroll D., 87. Wright, Elizur, 53.