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Groton (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
n a young person, is apt to be an omnivorous passion for books, followed, sooner or later, by the desire to produce something; this desire often taking experimental and fugitive forms. The study of Sir James MacKINTOSHintosh's life and Works, at Groton, seems to have impressed Margaret Fuller strongly with the danger of miscellaneous and desultory preparation. She writes:-- The copiousness of Sir J. Mackintosh's reading journals is, I think, intimately connected with his literary indolencout nor write down the reflections suggested by what the day had brought; they would be transfused into new works. Fuller Mss. II. 275. Later, she had a vision of writing romances, like George Sand, and expressed herself thus in her diary:-- Groton, November, 1835. These books have made me for the first time think I might write into such shapes what I know of human nature. I have always thought that I would not, that I would keep all that behind the curtain, that I would not write, like
Illinois (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
al, when my materials are so rich; owre rich, perhaps, for my mind does not act on them enough to fuse them. The work itself is of value as illustrating a truth often noticed, that the ideal books of travel last longer than the merely statistical; since the details, especially of our newer communities, are superseded in a year, while it may be decades before another traveler comes along who can look beneath them and really picture the new scenes for the mind's eye. A book of facts about Illinois in 1843 would now be of little value, but the things that Margaret Fuller noted are still interesting. Like Mrs. Jameson, who wrote her Winter studies and summer rambles about the same time, she saw the receding Indian tribes from a woman's point of view; she sat in the wigwams, played with the children, pounded maize with the squaws. The white settlers, also, she studied, and recorded their characteristics; the Illinois farmers, the large, first product of the soil ; and the varied natio
Lowell (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
From the subject of Goethe followed naturally, in those days, that of Bettina Brentano, whose correspondence with the poet, translated in an attractive German-English by herself, had appeared in England in 1837, and had been reprinted at Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1841. Margaret Fuller, in the Dial in January, 1842, Dial, II. 313. had called attention to another work from the same source: the letters that had passed, at an earlier period than the Goethe correspondence, between Bettina and hbrother Arthur, the most popular of all her books. He has reprinted it, without alteration, in that volume of her writings called Art, literature, and the Drama, including the preface, which was thought to savor of vanity and became the theme of Lowell's satire; although the sentence he apparently had in view, I feel with satisfaction that I have done a good deal to extend the influence of Germany and Italy among my compatriots, was strictly true. It was in this volume that she published — b
Fishkill (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
he suspicion of awakening antagonism between the sexes. The title attracted attention, and as the edition of the Dial, in its last year, was even smaller than ever before, this number soon disappeared from the market, and it is not uncommon to see sets of the periodical bound up without it, as is the case with my own. She added a great deal to the essay before reprinting it, and brought it to a final completion during seven weeks delightfully spent amid the scenery of the Hudson, at Fishkill, N. Y., where she had the society of her favorite out-door companion, Miss Caroline Sturgis, lived in the open air with her when the sun shone, and composed only on rainy days. She wrote to Mr. Emerson (November 17, 1844) :-- I have been happy now in freedom from headache and all other interruptions, and have spun out my thread as long and many-colored as was pleasing. The result I have not yet looked at; must put some days between me and it first. Then I shall revise and get it into
Chicago (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
in her own country; a summer spent in traveling in what was then called the far West (May 25 to September 19, 1843) with her life-long friends, James Freeman Clarke and his sister Sarah, under the guidance of their brother, William H. Clarke, of Chicago. The last named was one of Margaret Fuller's dearest friends; a man of rare gifts, a delightful out-door companion and thoroughly acquainted with the pioneer life to which he introduced his friends. Their mode of traveling seems of itself to mark a period a hundred years ago instead of forty; and is graphically described in a letter to Mr. Emerson, written on the return journey:-- Chicago, 4th August, 1843. We traveled in a way that left us perfectly free to idle as much as we pleased, to gather every flower and to traverse every wood we fancied. We were then in a strong vehicle called a lumber wagon which defied all the jolts and wrenches incident to wood paths, mud holes, and the fording of creeks; we were driven by a friend
Mariana (New Mexico, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
spects of that new world. It also excited interest in some quarters through the episodes themselves, especially that of Mariana, which was taken to be autobiographical, as it partly was; although the character of Sylvain, Mariana's supposed lover, Mariana's supposed lover, was almost wholly imaginary, as the following letter will show :-- As to my book, there are complimentary notices in the papers, and I receive good letters about it. It is much read already, and is termed very entertaining! Little & Brown takpleasing to see how elderly routine gentlemen, such as Dr. Francis and Mr. Farrar, are charmed with the little story of Mariana. They admire, at poetic distance, that powerful nature that would alarm them so in real life . . . Imagine prose eyes, int of genius, one ray of soul; it was very painful and symbolized much, far more than I have expressed with Sylvain and Mariana. Ms. (W. H. C.) Summer on the Lakes seems to have yielded nothing to the author but copies to give away. It is a
Wisconsin (Wisconsin, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
ers each took one to defend it. They showed such bravery that the foe retreated. Then there is an Irish gentleman who owns a large property there. He was married to the daughter of an Irish earl. His son, a boy who inherits the (her) fortune he has left in Europe, and since the death of his wife lives alone on the Rock River; he has invited us to stay at his house, and the scenery there is said to be most beautiful. I hear, too, of a Hungarian count who has a large tract of land in Wisconsin. He has removed thither with all his tenantry, several hundred persons they say. He comes to market at Milwaukee; they call him there the Count; they do not seem to know his other name. We are to stay at Milwaukee, and I shall inquire all about him. I should like to know how he has modified his life from the feudal lord to the brotherly landlord. I should think he must be a good and resolute man to carry out such a scheme successfully. I want to see some emigrant with worthy aims, u
Jamaica Plain (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
thers. Her preface is certainly modest enough, and underrates instead of overstating the value of lier own work. She made a delightful book of it, and one which, with Sarah Austin's Characteristics of Goethe, helped to make the poet a familiar personality to English-speaking readers. For one, I can say that it brought him nearer to me than any other book, before or since, has ever done. This volume was published at Boston, by Hilliard, Gray & Co., in 1839,--her preface being dated at Jamaica Plain on May 23 of that year,--and I suspect that she never had any compensation for it beyond the good practice for herself and the gratitude of others. Her preface contains some excellent things, giving a view of Goethe more moderate than that which Carlyle had just brought into vogue, though she still was ardent and admiring enough. But she points out very well — though perhaps emphasizing them too much — some of the limitations of Goethe's nature. She does not even admit him to be in t
Fox River (Michigan, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
new:-- Here I am interested in those who have a mixture of Indian blood. With one lady I may become well acquainted, as she is to travel with us. Her melancholy eyes, and slow, graceful utterance, and delicate feeling of what she has seen, attract me. She is married here and wears our dress, but her family retain the dress and habits of their race. Through her I hope to make other acquaintance that may please me. Next week we are going into the country to explore the neighborhood of Fox and Rock rivers. We are going, in regular western style, to travel in a wagon, and stay with the farmers. Then I shall see the West to better advantage than I have as yet. We are going to stay with one family, the mother of which had what they call a claim fight. Some desperadoes laid claim to her property, which is large; they were supposed to belong to the band who lately have been broken up by an exertion of lynch law. She built shanties in the different parts; she and her three dau
Milwaukee (Wisconsin, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
ngarian count who has a large tract of land in Wisconsin. He has removed thither with all his tenantry, several hundred persons they say. He comes to market at Milwaukee; they call him there the Count; they do not seem to know his other name. We are to stay at Milwaukee, and I shall inquire all about him. I should like to know hMilwaukee, and I shall inquire all about him. I should like to know how he has modified his life from the feudal lord to the brotherly landlord. I should think he must be a good and resolute man to carry out such a scheme successfully. I want to see some emigrant with worthy aims, using all his gifts and knowledge to some purpose honorable to the land, instead of lowering themselves to the requihis was the case with Miss Fuller. To insert boldly, in the middle of her book of travels, forty pages about Kerner's Seeress of Prevorst, which she had read in Milwaukee,--this showed the waywardness of a student and talker, rather than the good judgment which she ought to have gained in editing even the most ideal of magazines.
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