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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 5: (search)
hat of the general opinion of their own body. In this way, a genuine republic of letters arose in the north of Germany. At first it comprehended but a small portion of the territories of the unwieldy empire, hardly more than Saxony, Prussia, and Hanover, and the small States lying round them; but, as Protestant learning and philosophical modes of thinking and liberal universities were extended, the limits of this invisible empire extended with them. The German and reformed portion of Switzerland soon came in; soon after Denmark, and then a part of Poland; and now, lately, the king of Bavaria, by the establishment of gymnasia, and an academy on the German system, and by calling in the Protestants of the North to help him, has set his improvements in motion, and the Emperor Alexander, by founding German universities and appointing German professors to them, have almost brought Bavaria and Russia into the league of letters. In this way, without noise and almost without notice, fro
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 6: (search)
d not go; but she said she was glad to see her mother interested, and wished rather that I should stay. I remained therefore half an hour longer,—until dinner was announced,—during which we talked chiefly of the prospects of Europe, of which she despairs. When I rose to go she gave me her hand, and said, under the impression I was soon going to America, Vous serez bientot chez vous, —et moi j'y vais aussi. I pretended not to understand her, and told her I was sure I should see her in Switzerland, much better. She looked on her daughter, while her eyes filled with tears, and said in English, God grant me that favor, and I left her. The impression of this scene remained upon us all during the dinner; but in the evening old M. St. Leon and Mm. Lacretelle and Villemain (the latter I find to be one of the most eloquent professors in Paris) came in, and gave a gayer air to the party and conversation. May 13.—I passed this evening with Say, the author of the book on political ec
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 7: (search)
ere to visit General Lafayette, without company. The General had often invited me to visit him, and as his chateau is not far from the route I was to follow to Switzerland I accompanied them. I was much touched this morning by the Duke's kindness, in having asked M. Sismondi to meet me at breakfast, he having arrived last evenir since I have been in Europe I have seen nothing like the genuine hospitality and patriarchal simplicity of his establishment. From there I came directly to Switzerland, and when I first saw the Lake of Geneva at Lausanne recognized all the traits that poetry and romance have not been able to exaggerate. Such a view, such a va for Venice and Cogswell. Dictated, 1854. One of the persons who was kindest to me in Geneva was M. de Bonstetten, of an old Bernese family much valued in Switzerland, whose correspondence with Gray the poet has been published, and who seemed to bring me into relations with the times of Gray and those of Madame de Stael, to w
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 17: (search)
marshal of France, and a prince of the Roman Empire, buried with less dignity and grandeur, and with a much less moving and solemn effect. . . . . When we shall be at home, I do not pretend very distinctly to foresee, but before long . . . . Addio, caro. Geo. Ticknor. In the course of this visit in Washington, Mr. Ticknor was asked by General Lafayette to interest himself in discovering and assisting two German refugees, scholarly men, who had fled, for political reasons, first to Switzerland, and thence to the United States, and who had written to him asking aid in finding employment. Their names were Beck and Follen, and it was supposed they might be found or heard of in Philadelphia. On his way home, therefore, Mr. Ticknor took great pains to gain some knowledge of them in Philadelphia, but failed up to the last day of his stay there. On that day, Mr. John Vaughan Brother of Mr. Benjamin and Mr. William Vaughan; see ante, p. 55. dined with him at the hotel, and, bein
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 20: (search)
table. While Mr. Ticknor's conversational powers were extraordinary, he conversed, and did not discourse. He made conversation a fair exchange, and if his guest had anything to say, he was sure to have an opportunity. Miss Edgeworth wrote, in 1835, After a visit made by Mr. and Mrs. Ticknor at Edgeworthtown. to a friend of Mr. Ticknor, thus:— I have been acquainted, and I may say intimately, with some of the most distinguished literary persons in Great Britain, France, and Switzerland, and have seen and heard all those distinguished for conversational talents; Talleyrand, Dumont, Mackintosh, Romilly, Dugald Stewart, Erskine, Sir Walter Scott, Sydney Smith, and Mr. Sharpe, the fashionable dinner-lions of London. I have passed days in the country-houses and in the domestic intimacy of some of them, and after all, I can, with strict truth, assure you, that Mr. Ticknor's conversation appeared to me fully on an equality with the most admired, in happy, apposite readiness o
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), chapter 26 (search)
Sternberg, Baron, Ungern, 460, 483. Stewart, General, 381. Stolberg, Countess, 125. Stolberg, Leopold, 125. Story, Judge, Joseph, 40, 316 note, 339, 340, 361; letter to, 392. Stroganoff, Count, 462, 464, 465, 468, 491. Stroganoff, Countess, 462, 486, 487. Stuart, Lady, Dudley, 446 and note. See Bonaparte, Christine. Stuart, Lord, Dudley, 446 and note. Subaltern, by Gleig, 380. Sullivan, Richard, 12. Sullivan, William, G. T. studies law with, 9, 11, 12, 20, 40, 381. Switzerland, visits, 152-160. T Tagus River, 243. Talleyrand, Prince, 13, 123, 254, 258-263. Talma, 126, 127. Tarentum, Archbishop of, 174. Tatistcheff, M. de, 210, 212. Tatistcheff, Mad. de, 211. Taylor, Abbe, 173. Taylor, Henry, 418. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. John, 425 and note, 432 note. Tazewell, Littleton Waller, 350, 381. Tchitchagof, Admiral, 179 Teba, Count de, 233, 235. Teba, Countess de, 233, 234 and note, 309. Testchen, visits, 504-509. Thacher, Rev. S C., 11