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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 8: appointment at Harvard and second visit to Europe (search)
the purpose of a more perfect attainment of the German, Mr. Ticknor will retain his office till your return. Very respectfully, I am Yours, etc., etc., Josiah Quincy.Life, i. 205; alsoHarvard College Papers [Ms.], VI. 290. Good fortune comes at last and I certainly shall not reject it, the young Longfellow wrote to his a permission, seems to imply a request. I think I shall accept that also. Some additional correspondence, however, proved necessary, such as follows:— Hon. Josiah Quincy: Sir,—Your letter of to-day inclosing the Vote of the President and Fellows of Hard University in relation to the Professorship of Modn Langs has been repectfully suggested. Very respect'y yr Obe Ser.t Henry W. Longfellow. Harvard College Papers, 2d ser. VII. 1. Boston, Jan. 1, 1834. [Error for 1835.] Hon. Josiah Quincy: Sir,—Placing entire confidence in the assurances of the President and Fellows of Harvard University in reference to my election to the Smith Professorsh<
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 10: Craigie House (search)
Mr. Craigie's care; and there was a tradition, not very well authenticated, that Longfellow himself had planned to make them the subject of a poem before Saxe Holm or Helen Hunt—as the case may be—had anticipated him in prose. Such was the house where Longfellow resided for the rest of his life; seven years of which passed before his second wedded life began. The following letter, taken from the Harvard College papers, will show the interest he took in the estate. my dear Sir [President Quincy],—Will you have the goodness to lay before the Corporation, at their next meeting, my request concerning the trees, which I mentioned to you the last time I had the pleasure of seeing you; viz. that they would permit me to take from the College grounds 3 elm trees to be placed in front of the Craigie House. I am endeavoring to replace, as well as possible, the old elms, and find it difficult to obtain many of the size I desire. Some parts of the College ground are so thickly plante<
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 11: Hyperion and the reaction from it (search)
ren, that the past offered no material and they must be European or die. Yet Longfellow's few predecessors had already made themselves heard by disregarding this tradition and taking what they found on the spot. Charles Brockden Brown, although his style was exotic and Godwinish, yet found his themes among American Indians and in the scenes of the yellow fever in Philadelphia. It was not Irving who invested the Hudson with romance, but the Hudson that inspired Irving. When in 1786, Mrs. Josiah Quincy, then a young girl, sailed upon that river in a sloop, she wrote, Our captain had a legend for every scene, either supernatural or traditional or of actual occurrence during the war, and not a mountain reared its head unconnected with some marvellous story. Irving was then but three years old, yet Ichabod Crane and Rip Van Winkle or their prototypes were already on the spot waiting for biographers; and it was much the same with Cooper, who was not born until three years later. What w
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 13: third visit to Europe (search)
f the board, which of these modifications is preferable. For the Committee, 26 Oct. 1839. Josiah Quincy. Harvard College Papers [Ms.], 2d ser. IX. 336. At a later period came the following:– k for an extension of time, as follows:— Marienberg, September 3, 1842. my dear Sir [Hon. Josiah Quincy],—When I left you in the Spring, I thought by this time I should have recovered my health inal one appointed for all the poets. Will you have the goodness to say to your daughter , Miss Quincy, that I left her package for Mr. Graham at its address in Havre; and presume it reached him sppard, where I have remained stationary since the first of June. With kind remembrances to Mrs. Quincy and your family, Very truly yours Henry W. Longfellow. Harvard College Papers [Ms.], 2d sts and the unaltered esteem & respect with which I am, most truly. Your friend and hle St Josiah Quincy.Harvard College Papers [Ms.], 2d ser. XI. 187. Cambridge. 30 Sep. 1842. Longfellow spent<
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 15: Academic life in Cambridge (search)
his predecessor, George Ticknor. He had inherited from this predecessor a sort of pioneer-ship in position relative to the elective system just on trial as an experiment in college. There exists an impression in some quarters that this system came in for the first time under President Walker about 1853; but it had been, as a matter of fact, tried much earlier,—twenty years, at least,—in the Modern Language Department under Ticknor, and had been extended much more widely in 1839 under President Quincy. The facts are well known to me, as I was in college at that period and enjoyed the beneficent effects of the change, since it placed the whole college, in some degree, for a time at least, on a university basis. The change took the form, first, of a discontinuance of mathematics as a required study after the first year, and then the wider application of the elective system in history, natural history, and the classics, this greater liberty being enjoyed, though with some reaction, un
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Index (search)
. Prothero, Canon, presides at Longfellow commemoration in Westminster Abbey, 249; accepts bust, 255. Pulaski, Casimir, Count, 27. Pulszky, Madame, her White, Red, and Black, cited, 173 note. Pushmataha, 79. Quincy, Edmund, 285. Quincy, Josiah, 122, 178; his letter to Longfellow offering professorship, 84, 85; Longfellow's letters to, 85-87, 155, 157, 158; his letter to Longfellow about absence, 159, 160. Quincy, Mrs., Josiah, 133, 158. Quincy, Miss, 158. Racine, Jean, 65, 176Quincy, Mrs., Josiah, 133, 158. Quincy, Miss, 158. Racine, Jean, 65, 176. Raleigh, Va., 82. Raynes, Capt., 131. Reboul, of Nimes, 191. Reed, E. J., 224. Revolution, American, the, 12,117. Rhine River, 131, 170, 193. Richter, Jean Paul, 64, 112, 113, 127. Riddle, George, 290. Riedesel, Baroness, 117. Robert College, 3. Robinson, Rowland, 198. Rolfe, Prof. William J., 8; on Longfellow, 287, 288. Rome, 132, 148, 215, 223. Rosendale, 94. Rossetti, Dante G., 190. Rotterdam, 107, 111. Round Hill School, 81. Routledge, Mr., 245. Rubens, Pet