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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 6. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Old portraits and modern Sketches (search)
eir severities, upon which we now look back with horror, were, beyond a question, the result of an intense anxiety for the well-being of immortal souls, endangered by the poison which, in their view, heresy was casting into the waters of life. Coleridge, in one of the moods of a mind which traversed in imagination the vast circle of human experience, reaches this point in his Table-Talk. It would require, says he, stronger arguments than any I have seen to convince me that men in authority havssed us with the conviction that we were the guests of no ordinary man; that we were communing with unmistakable genius, such an one as might have added to the wit and eloquence of Ben Jonson's famous club at the Mermaid, or that which Lamb and Coleridge and Southey frequented at the Salutation and Cat, of Smithfield. The most brilliant man I have met in America! said George Thompson, as we left the hospitable door of our friend. In 1838, he gave up his law practice, left his fine outlook
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 7. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Zzz Missing head (search)
of course; but it is that of a well-regulated home or school-room,—order, neatness, and harmony within doors; and without, the beautiful sights and sounds and healthful influences of Nature. One would almost suppose that the poetical dream of Coleridge, in his tragedy of Remorse, had found its realization in the Westboroa School, and that, weary of the hopelessness and cruelty of the old penal system, our legislators had embodied in their statutes the idea of the poet:— With other ministrhered around the hearth of Lamb felt in the beautiful simplicity of Woolman's pages may be had from the Diary of Henry Crabb Robinson, one of their number, himself a man of wide and varied culture, the intimate friend of Goethe, Wordsworth, and Coleridge. In his notes for First Month, 1824, he says, after a reference to a sermon of his friend Irving, which he feared would deter rather than promote belief: How different this from John Woolman's Journal I have been reading at the same time! A
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The Daily Dispatch: may 29, 1861., [Electronic resource], How a Minister's pocket was picked. (search)
Coloridge on North and South. The following extracts from Coleridge's "Table-Talk," written in 1833, though containing some errors, have some reflections, the appositeness of which at the present time will at once strike the reader: "January 4, 1833. "Northern and Southern States of the American Union. "Naturally one would have thought that there would have been greater sympathy between the Northern and Northwestern States of the American Union and England, than between England and the Southern States There is ten times as much English blood and spirit in New England as in Virginia, the Carolinas, &c. "Nevertheless, such has been the force of the interests of commerce, that now, and for some years past, the people of the North hate England with increasing bitterness, while among those of the South, who are Jacobins, the British connexion has become popular. "Can there ever be any thorough national fusion of the Northern and Southern States? I think no
ways unhappy if the conversation did not turn upon himself. Nearer to our own time, we have many authors whose faculty told twice. Sheridan and Theodore Hook were men of infinite jest; they "could set a table in a roar;" and fill pages with pathos and wit of such a quality that it makes their survivors think "we could have spared better men." Burns was famous for his colloquial powers; and Galt is said to have been as skillful as the storytellers of the East in fixing the attention.--Coleridge was in the habit of pouring forth brilliant unbroken monologues of two or three hours duration to listeners so enchanted that, like Adam, whose ears were filled with the eloquence of an arch-angel, they forget "place, all seasons and their change." Washington Irving, in the account he has given of his visit to Abbottsford, says of Sir Walter Scott, that his conversation was frank, hearty, picturesque and dramatic. He never talked for effect or display, but from the flow of spirits, the st
The Daily Dispatch: December 14, 1861., [Electronic resource], Seizure of a steamer — examination of Passengers — a Lady's Petticoat Quilted with Sewing Silk. (search)
ver of mortality as the soldier's body fell into his arms. It was heart-rending to see the poor brother's agony. The life of dishonor and crime were both forgotten as one thought of that fire of brotherly love that had burned through years of sin — The death of the criminal was borne with stolidity, but the simple sight of such heartfelt, brotherly grief moistened every eye.--How often we see such scenes in real life, that show how thoroughly love rules the world, and proves the truth of Coleridge's assertion that all thoughts, all passions, all delights are but its ministers, and serve to feed the sacred flame. I have seen the most depraved and reckless men weep over the sorrows of some poor Camille, or sigh from the bottom of their heart at the agony of some dying Acuzens; and I have seen men who marched up to the cannon's mouth unmoved — who won distinction on the Crimean fields — shed tears, during the opera of "Rigoletto," at the touching story of that sad old man who, lost hi<
enjoy the rights of citizenship, we would rather make our home in revolutionary Mexico or in despotic Austria, than dwell in these States with the trell of the serpent around us and over us all. Better that every man, woman and child in the Confederacy were dead and resting from life's fitful fever, than live in the chains which Yankee commerce and would forge for our limbs. The wound that has been made is like that between Roland and Sir Leoline, so beautifully and forcibly expressed by Coleridge in his incomparable Christs bell. "They stood aloof, the scorn remaining, Like cliffs which has been A deadly sea now flows between, But neither heat, nor frost, nor thunder, Shall wholly do away, I ween, The marks of that which once hath been." As the separation between us has been final and eternal, let the barriers between us be raised so high and impassable that friendly intercourse shall not be revived, or the morals of the new Republic be contaminated by association with th
The Daily Dispatch: November 4, 1864., [Electronic resource], Stop the Runaways.--one thousand dollars reward. (search)
is the vital basis of Revolution — the depravity of the human heart — and demonstrates the inefficiency of intellectual cultivation to remedy that defect of human nature. It was not the peculiarity of power being vested in a few hands, as we may now see, which caused the wrongs and outrages of which society formerly complained, but the inherent depravity of man, which becomes no less manifest and deplorable by changing the seat of power. There was profound truth in the observation of Coleridge--"The more virtue the more liberty." Intelligence cannot supply the place of virtue. Miss Edgeworth told the truth when she put into the mouth of one of her character--"Edication will do a great deal, but it won't change the nature that is in them." It is the universal testimony of history that, in those ages of society in which knowledge was most generally diffused and religion neglected, corruption was most widely spread. Statistical tables have been published which establish this
e and ruinous of government by increasing the number and destroying the responsibility of those who govern a country. And this is the universal testimony of all ancient and modern history. "Democracy," said Pius VI., "is not contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; only it requires those sublime virtues which are alone to be found in the Gospel."--The United States is running the career, and approaching the end, of all similar governments, and for the same reason. "The necessity," says Coleridge, "for external government to man is in the inverse ratio of the vigor of his self-government. Where the last is most complete the first is least wanted. Hence the more virtue, the more liberty." What virtue is left among the Northern masses? What virtue in map anywhere, except that which proceeds from the regenerating influence of Christianity? Hence the universal failure of such governments as that of the United States. M. de Tocqueville, in his impartial and philosophical survey of A
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