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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 1: (search)
o long a time, and the poet had the good sense to tell him the truth. The Emperor replied, Well, send me the manuscript, and I will read it. He did so, and the piece was ordered to be represented. But he seldom thus interfered. I remember in Dresden, Forbes, who was Charge in Vienna for some time, and who is perfectly good authority for a story of the sort, told me that the Emperor went one night to see a new piece which pleased him very much, and when it was over, said, Well, now I am glade; the object of the whole being to control and alarm Count Auersperg, as Von Hammer thinks, who told me the entire story. What Prince Metternich—who is a wise statesman—can hope to do with such means, it is not easy to tell. Mr. Krause, of Dresden, told me that in conversation with him, formerly, the Prince illustrated his policy by saying to the great landed proprietor, If on your estates you had, upon that great height that overlooks the Elbe, a vast reservoir of water that you knew eve
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 10: (search)
reply to mine from Florence about Carlo Troya, and I intended to have done myself the honor to thank you for it; but constant travelling, with the occupations consequent upon my return home, have thus far prevented me. But our recollections of Dresden, and of all the kindness we received there, are too deep and sincere to permit us to neglect any opportunity of recalling ourselves to the memories of those to whom we owe so much. I am the more anxious to write to you now, because I wish to r the printing, of your translation of the Purgatorio. It must, I think, by this time be out of the press. . . . . And now, my dear Prince, I pray you to keep us in your kind thoughts, for we always think of you and of our pleasant winter in Dresden with gratitude. Offer too, we pray you, our respectful homage to the King and Queen. . . . . Ever, my dear Prince, very faithfully yours, George Ticknor. To Hugh S. Legare, Charleston, S. C. the Hon. Hugh Swinton Legare, already ment
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 12: (search)
ter from Mr. Abbott Lawrence, then our Minister to England, to Mr. S. A. Eliot, he says: I was present a few evenings since, when the Queen asked Mr. Macaulay what new book he could recommend for her reading. He replied that he would recommend Her Majesty to send for the History of Spanish literature, by an American, Mr. Ticknor of Boston. From Ludwig Tieck Potsdam, July 28, 1850. honored friend, Translated from the German.—What a happy time it was when we met almost every day in Dresden. I still look back to that time with much pleasure. Genuine friendship, indeed, consists in this, that men understand each other better every day, and become indispensable to one another in sentiments, expressions, and so forth; this is what ordinary society neither appreciates nor requires. Notwithstanding the high esteem with which you inspired me, your valued present surprised me; for, delightful as these welcome volumes were, their many-sided and profound learning astonished me. Much
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 14: (search)
legislation to restrain the use of all intoxicating drinks, by prohibiting the sale of them under severe penalties and by declaring them to be no longer property when so offered for sale, is found ineffectual. It will be abandoned in the course of the coming winter in all, or nearly all the States where it has been attempted to introduce it. I hope I shall soon hear again from your Majesty, and that you will give me, not only good accounts of yourself and your family, but of Saxony and Dresden, to which we are all much attached, and of the prospects of an European peace. . . . . I remain very faithfully, your Majesty's friend and servant, George Ticknor. To Sir Charles Lyell. Boston, June 9, 1856. My dear Lyell,—. . . . I want to speak to you of our affairs. It is a long time since I have done it, and I have never had occasion to do it so sadly. The country is now almost entirely divided into two sectional, fierce parties, the North and the South, the antislavery fas
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 15: (search)
e Library of Harvard College, and that of the Athenaeum, in which he co-operated; but the improvements then gained seemed to satisfy the immediate wants of the community, and the desire for anything larger and freer, though it still survived in the minds of a few, did not spread widely or fast. During Mr. Ticknor's second visit to Europe, in 1835-38, he felt more than ever the inestimable resources furnished by the great libraries to men of intellectual pursuits like himself, especially in Dresden, where he had often twenty or thirty volumes from the Royal Library at his hotel. He therefore watched with interest every symptom of the awakening of public attention in America to this subject, and every promise of opportunity for creating similar institutions. The endowment of a great library in New York, given by Mr. John Jacob Astor, at his death, in 1848, was much talked about; and men of forecast began to say openly that, unless something of a like character were done in Boston, t
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 16: (search)
Sir Charles and Lady Lyell, happened to be in Dresden at the time of the arrival of the party; and outstayed his party. Rejoining the ladies in Dresden on the 7th of September, he again left them tdeal of laborious work. But in Berlin, as in Dresden, he found old and new friends, and in subsequhe pleasures of Berlin. On finally leaving Dresden, September 25, Mr. and Mrs. Ticknor had furthnt, pretty little Scotch girl whom we knew at Dresden and Potsdam just forty years ago, and who telll of monuments and collections in the arts. Dresden has improved in equal proportions, and has nohing from being a great or wise statesman. Dresden, September 21.—I returned to Dresden last nigDresden last night, and this morning, when turning over my papers, I fell upon a memorandum about a new ordinance fght to it. . . . . To William S. Dexter. Dresden, September 24, 1856. my dear Dexter,—Thankt where they left us. This I say, thinking of Dresden; but at Berlin it was the same, and so it wil[3 more...]<
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 17: (search)
like a Yankee, quick and eager in all his motions, yet unmistakably a grand-seigneur, both by the dignity and by the attentive politeness of his manners. We knew him very well twenty years ago, just beginning his career as Austrian Minister at Dresden with auguries of great success, which have been fully justified; for he satisfied his government during five years of trouble and anxiety in England, including the Russian war, and has been sent here now,—much to his own satisfaction,—on account of the preponderating influence of France. His wife—whom we also knew in Dresden, though he was not then married to her—is a Polish lady, very rich, and by her talent fit to do half the work of his Embassy, any day. Both are very agreeable, courtly people, who have the fame of giving the best dinners that are given in Italy. I have been at one which was given to Count Goyon, the French Commander, on his first arrival here. It was quite beyond any scale I have for measuring such things, bu
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 24: (search)
Among the changes of life, be assured that Mrs. Ticknor and myself do not fail to hear with grieved sympathy of the heavy sorrows that befall your Majesty's house and home. So happy a group of fine children as we first knew gathered around you, and afterwards a family circle grown up into beauty and strength. And now only three left! . . . . Pray express to the Queen our sincere sympathy. We should be ungrateful indeed if we did not feel it, after all the kindness we received in Dresden from your whole family. Remember us, too, to the Princess Amelia, who was so considerate to us, not only at home, but when we met her afterwards in Florence, and whose works are kept among our pleasant reading and that of our friends. Preserve us, I pray you, in your kind recollections, and believe me to be always, very faithfully and affectionately, Your Majesty's friend and servant, Geo. Ticknor. To Sir Edmund Head, London. Boston, January 8, 1868. my dear Head,—The new yea