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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, VI: in and out of the pulpit (search)
would suppose. While at Newburyport, Higginson renewed his acquaintance with Whittier, having first met him when a boy of nineteen. I spent a day in Amesbury and saw Whittier. . . . Dark, slender, bald, blackhaired, kind, calm, flashing eyed, keen, somewhat narrow; not commanding, but interesting. Evidently injured by politics, easily content with limited views; yet sympathetic and (probably) generous. Lives in an appropriate cottage yet very simple. A queer compound of Yankee-Quaker and Yankee-hero and Yankee-poet; the nationality everywhere. He would whittle, no doubt. But his eye gleamed with a soft, beautiful tenderness as he came to the door and remarked on the cold sunset sky. . . . He lives with an odd Quaker-dressed mother, who haunted the back room with knitting and spectacles;—square and mild, as the elderly of her persuasion always are. Also his sister who talked with us, a queer little sprightly woman, reputed very brilliant and looking so. We laughed a goo
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XIII: Oldport Days (search)
d and criticized. . . . Mothers now heap their babies on me more than ever, but I can stand it if they can. . . . I have a new admirer, partially insane, like most of mine. The Higginsons made their home in a boardinghouse kept by a gentle Quaker lady, and of their hostess Colonel Higginson wrote:— Dear Mrs. Dame is as lovely as ever, and when she has young kittens to drown, warms the water to save their feelings. And of the Newport Quakers in general:— They seem like a kind o glimpses of the life of old friends. At Amesbury, he wrote to his sisters, I staid with Whittier who . . . seems brighter than I expected in his loneliness. . . . He has a singular companion—a wonderful parrot, 30 years old, an African parrot Quaker colored with a scarlet tail. The only sensible and intelligible parrot I ever saw, and we had much conversation. And when he lectured in Concord he wrote:— I staid at Mr. Emerson's and it was very sweet to see him with his grandchildren .
244, 245; Court Martial scene, 243, 244; describes 9th U. S. Colored Regiment, 244, 245; chaplain's sermon, 245, 246; negro songs, 246; account of chaplain, 248; retires from army, 248-250, 251; village named for, 250; keeps up interest in his regiment, 250, 251; writing about war experiences, 251, 252; memorial sent to, at regimental reunion, 252; interest in Newport public affairs, 253, 254; death of his mother, 254; letters to his sisters, 254, 258, 260, 266, 270, 271, 301, 305; lives in Quaker boarding-house, 254, 255; and invalid wife, 255, 256; a day's work, 255, 256 277; celebrated persons at Newport, 258-62; Oldport Days, 262; charm of military life, 262, 263, 282; translates Epictetus, 263; edits Harvard Memorial Biographies, 263, 275; as a public speaker, 263-66, 273; visits Whittier, 266; visits Emerson, 266; and the Boston Radical Club, 267, 263; religious toleration of, 268; his Creed, 268-70; influence of Emerson, 270; various honors, 270, 271; summers at the Point, 272,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, A Glossary of Important Contributors to American Literature (search)
land Galaxy (1824-26), of which he was editor. Died in Charlestown, Mass., June 27, 1841. Brown, Charles Brockden Born in Philadelphia, Jan. 17, 1771, of Quaker parents. He was really the first American to make a profession of literature. He first undertook the study of law, and it was not till 1798 that Wieland, his fieau, the poet Naturalist (1873) ; and Conversations from Rome, first published in 1902. Cooper, James Fenimore Born in Burlington, N. J., Sept. 15, 1789, of Quaker and Swedish descent. His early life was spent in the then wilderness of New York, and after a short time at Yale he entered the navy, where he remained for aboutnd a collective edition entitled Complete poems and prose (1889). Died Mar. 26, 1892. Whittier, John Greenleaf Born in Haverhill, Mass., Dec. 17, 1807. The Quaker poet had slender means, and by shoe-making and a term of school teaching earned money to attend the Haverhill Academy for two terms. At the age nineteen he had c
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Chapter 13: Whittier (search)
, the battle brand We may not take, But, calmly loyal, we can stand And suffer for our suffering land For consciencea sake. The temperament of the New England Quaker was not unlike that of the New England Puritan. The one could be as cantankerous as the other, on occasion, but when the early Puritan intolerance of the sect haost ardent sympathies to the delightful relaxation of story-telling. From childhood he was steeped in the legendry of New England, its tales of Indian raids, of Quaker persecutions, of picturesque pioneers, and of romantic adventure; while the wide reading which made Whittier in later life a cultivated man fed his narrative facue secret of colonial times in Massachusetts, for it is almost line by line a transcript and imaginative interpretation of old letters, journals, and memoirs. Its Quaker authorship, moreover, gives it just the detachment needed to save it from the danger of accepting too unreservedly the view of New England colonial life that the
racted time who could say what was really English ? Was it James the First or Raleigh? Archbishop Laud or John Cotton? Charles the First or Cromwell? Charles the Second or William Penn? Was it Churchman, Presbyterian, Independent, Separatist, Quaker? One is tempted to say that the title of Ben Jonson's comedy Every man in his Humour became the standard of action for two whole generations of Englishmen, and that there is no common denominator for emigrants of such varied pattern as Smith annct for order, or at least that degree of order essential to the existence of a camp. It was not in vain that John Smith sought to correct the early laxness at Jamestown by the stern edict: He that will not work, neither shall he eat. Dutch and Quaker colonies taught the same inexorable maxim of thrift. Soon there was work enough for all, at good wages, but the lesson had been taught. It gave Franklin's Poor Richard mottoes their flavor of homely, experienced truth. Order in daily life le
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters, Chapter 7: romance, poetry, and history (search)
an himself, and he also knew, by intimate experience as a maker of public opinion, how variable are its judgments. Whittier represents a stock different from that of the Longfellows, but equally American, equally thoroughbred: the Essex County Quaker farmer of Massachusetts. The homestead in which he was born in 1807, at East Haverhill, had been built by his great-great-grandfather in 1688. Mount Vernon in Virginia and the Craigie House in Cambridge are newer than this by two generations. Tis quiet life at Amesbury gave him leisure for varied reading, and he followed contemporary European politics with the closest interest. He emerged more and more from the atmosphere of faction and section, and, though he retained to the last his Quaker creed, he held its simple tenets in such undogmatic and winning fashion that his hymns are sung today in all the churches. When The Atlantic monthly was established in 1857, Whittier was fifty. He took his place among the contributors to the
ascinated me; but this you will see. It would have delighted you had you witnessed the uproarious acclamation, quite unprecedented in the history of our quiet Quaker abolitionism, with which Castner Hanway and Elijah Lewis Two of those arrested for treason in connection with the Gorsuch affair at Christiana, Pa. (ante, p. 3ial of C. Hanway. Hanway of treason in connection with a fugitive-slave case in which the enemies of freedom were shot down by the lovers of it—though not by this Quaker defendant. Ante, p. 325. But Kossuth's utterances, proceeding from a narrow and selfish patriotism, were equally Pickwickian, and he was now moving naturally in mes from the source supposed. Cf. Lib. 22.86. Credence—entire credence—he would gladly have lent to a communication purporting to come, through his guileless Quaker friend, Isaac Post of Rochester, N. Y., from the spirit of N. P. Rogers, who died in 1846. He first Oct. 16. heard of this from William C. Nell, a colored Bosto<
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 3, Chapter 13: the Bible Convention.—1853. (search)
hema. The wearing of the Bloomer costume by some of the advocates of the cause furnished a ready occasion for this sort of opposition. The same journals, religious and secular, that nursed the mob spirit for the suppression of abolitionism, provoked and fanned Hist Woman Suffrage, 1.546, 547. it for the Woman's Rights Convention at the Tabernacle in this first week of September, 1853. Mrs. Mott presided, and lent to the occasion all the defence that purity of life and charm of person and Quaker dignity could contribute; but in vain. The overruling of the rights of the promoters Lib. 23.148; Hist. Woman Suffrage, 1.547-577. of the Convention and of the vast majority of the audience was unchecked, especially in the evening, although the police made a show of preserving order. Mr. Garrison appears to have spoken twice and to have been heard. Ibid., 1.548, 570. The land, he said, is beginning to be convulsed. The Ibid., 1.549. opposition to the movement is assuming a mal
James Parton, Horace Greeley, T. W. Higginson, J. S. C. Abbott, E. M. Hoppin, William Winter, Theodore Tilton, Fanny Fern, Grace Greenwood, Mrs. E. C. Stanton, Women of the age; being natives of the lives and deeds of the most prominent women of the present gentlemen, Lydia Maria child. (search)
and in the work, remaining there for eight years in all. She was very successfull as an editor, her management being brave and efficient, while her cultivated taste made the Standard attractive to many who were not attracted by the plainer fare of the Liberator. The good judgment shown in her poetical and literary selections was always acknowledged with especial gratitude by those who read the Standard at that time. During all this period she was a member of the family of the well-known Quaker philanthropist, Isaac T. Hopper, whose biographer she afterwards became. This must have been the most important and satisfactory time in Mrs. Child's whole life. She was placed where her sympathetic nature found abundant outlet, and plenty of co-operation. Dwelling in a home where disinterestedness and noble labor were as daily breath, she had great opportunities. There was no mere almsgiving there, no mere secretaryship of benevolent societies; but sin and sorrow must be brought home to
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