MURRAY'S REMOVAL TO 50, ALBEMARLE STREET Murray's removal to Albemarle Street--Miller's unfriendly behaviour--Progress of the Quarterly--Miscellaneous publications --D'Israeli's "Calamities of Authors"--Letters from Scott and Southey--Southey's opinions on the patronage of literature--Scott's embarrassments--Recklessness of the Ballantynes--Scott applies to Murray for a loan--Publication of "Waverley"--Mystery of the authorship--Mr.
CHAPTER XX Labours of the committee during the author's journey; Quakers the first to notice its institution; General Baptists the next.--Correspondence opened with American societies for Abolition.--First individual who addressed the committee was Mr. William Smith.--Thanks voted to Ramsay.--Committee prepares lists of persons to whom to send its publications; Barclay, Taylor, and Wedgewood, elected members of the committee.--Letters from Brissot and others.--Granville Sharp elected chairman,--Seal ordered to be engraved.--Letters from different correspondents, as they offered their services to the committee.
--James Wynne's reminiscences of Morse, Coleridge, Leslie, Allston, and Dr. Abernethy.--Letters from his mother and brother.--Letters from friends on the state of the fine arts in America.--"The Dying Hercules" exhibited at the Royal Academy.--Expenses of painting.--Receives Adelphi Gold Medal for statuette of Hercules.--Mr.
1791--SEPTEMBER 8, 1810 Birth of S.F.B. Morse.--His parents.--Letters of Dr. Belknap and Rev. Mr. Wells.--Phillips, Andover.--First letter.--Letter from his father.-- Religious letter from Morse to his brothers.--Letters from the mother to her sons.--Morse enters Yale.--His journey there.--Difficulty in keeping up with his class.--Letter of warning from his mother.--Letters of Jedediah Morse to Bishop of London and Lindley Murray.--Morse becomes more studious.--Bill of expenses.--Longing to travel and interest in electricity.--Philadelphia and New York.--Graduates from college.--Wishes to accompany Allston to England, but submits to parents' desires CHAPTER II OCTOBER 31, 1810--AUGUST 17, 1811 Enters bookshop as clerk.--Devotes leisure to painting.--Leaves shop.-- Letter to his brothers on appointments at Yale.--Letters from Joseph P. Rossiter.--Morse's first love affair.--Paints "Landing of the Pilgrims."
Morse and his wife go to Charleston, South Carolina.--Hospitably entertained and many portraits painted.--Congratulates Allston on his election to the Royal Academy.--Receives commission to paint President Monroe.--Trouble in the parish at Charlestown.--Morse urges his parents to leave and come to Charleston.--Letters of John A. Alston.--Return to the North.--Birth of his first child.--Dr.
1858--SEPTEMBER 21, 1863 Visits Europe again with a large family party.--Regrets this.--Sails for Porto Rico with wife and two children.--First impressions of the tropics.--Hospitalities.--His son-in-law's plantation.--Death of Alfred Vail.--Smithsonian exonerates Henry.--European honors to Morse.--First line of telegraph in Porto Rico.--Banquet.--Returns home.--Reception at Poughkeepsie.--Refuses to become candidate for the Presidency.--Purchases New York house.--F.O.J. Smith claims part of European gratuity.--Succeeds through legal technicality.--Visit of Prince of Wales.--Duke of Newcastle.--War clouds.--Letters on slavery, etc.--Matthew Vassar.-- Efforts as peacemaker.--Foresees Northern victory.--Gloomy forebodings.-- Monument to his father.--Divides part of European gratuity with widow of Vail.--Continued efforts in behalf of peace.--Bible arguments in favor of slavery CHAPTER XXXVIII FEBRUARY 26, 1864--NOVEMBER 8, 1867 Sanitary Commission.--Letter to Dr. Bellows.--Letter on "loyalty.
Sharp elected chairman.--Seal engraved.--Letters from different correspondents to the Committee.
Did not Jane West write justly, "She made an attempt to look in at the dear dutchess's?"--Letters to a Lady, p. 95.
--Prepares to sail with Allstons for England.--Letters of introduction from his father.--Disagreeable stage-ride to New York.--Sails on the Lydia.--Prosperous voyage.--Liverpool.--Trip to London.--Observations on people and customs.--Frequently cheated.--Critical time in England.--Dr.
WILLIAM III.--LETTERS ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE REIGN OF, from 1696 to 1708, addressed to the Duke of SHREWSBURY, by JAMES VERNON, Esq.,
"--Professor E.N. Hereford's paper.--Arrival in New York.-- Testimony of his brothers.--First steps toward perfection of the invention.--Letters to Fenimore Cooper CHAPTER XXII 1833--1836 Still painting.--Thoughts on art.--Picture of the Louvre.--Rejection as painter of one of the pictures in the Capitol.--John Quincy Adams.--James Fenimore Cooper's article.--Death blow to his artistic ambition.-- Washington Allston's letter.--Commission by fellow artists.--Definite abandonment of art.--Repayment of money advanced.--Death of Lafayette.-- Religious controversies.--Appointed Professor in University of City of New York.--Description of first telegraphic instrument.--Successful experiments.--Relay.--Address in 1853 CHAPTER XXIII 1836--1837 First exhibitions of the Telegraph.--Testimony of Robert G. Rankin and Rev. Henry B. Tappan.--Cooke and Wheatstone.--Joseph Henry, Leonard D. Gale, and Alfred Vail.--Professor Gale's testimony.--Professor Henry's discoveries.--Regrettable controversy of later years.--Professor Charles T. Jackson's claims.--Alfred Vail.--Contract of September 23, 1837.--Work at Morristown, New Jersey.--The "Morse Alphabet.
My own relations have also heard of it.--Letters were brought me from town this morning, from Lady Betty Lawrance, and Miss Montague.
It is one of the exceedingly strong convictions--he will not allow us to call them opinions--entertained by the distinguished author of "Modern Painters," and expressed by him in a lecture delivered at Edinburgh, that past ages are to be studied only in the records which they have themselves left,--letters, contemporary memoirs, and the like sources.
Dodgson's generosity--College services--Religious difficulties--A village sermon--Plans for the future--Reverence--"Symbolic Logic" CHAPTER IX (1897-1898) Logic-lectures--Irreverent anecdotes--Tolerance of his religious views--A mathematical discovery--"The Little Minister"--Sir George Baden-Powell--Last illness--"Thy will be done"--"Wonderland" at last!--Letters from friends--"Three Sunsets"--"Of such is the kingdom of Heaven" CHAPTER X CHILD FRIENDS Mr. Dodgson's fondness for children--Miss Isabel Standen--Puzzles--"Me and Myself"--A double acrostic--"Father William"--Of drinking healths--Kisses by post--Tired in the face--The unripe plum--Eccentricities--"Sylvie and Bruno"--"Mr.
The distinguished leaders in the world of art and letters, whose voices had been so often heard within the walls of her home, had, one by one, passed on; leaving their works and their names to their children.
Except fugitive statements in newspapers, the only connected account of his proceedings is from his own pen, and consists of two official letters,--one addressed to General Johnston, under date of April 15th, the other to the Secretary of State at Washington, dated May 2d.
However, I promised him we would send each other very few more letters--"Only two thousand four hundred and seventy, or so," I said. "
Shenstone, who knew him well, thus mourns aver his departure in one of his letters:--"Our old friend Somerville is dead; I did not imagine I could have been so sorry as I find myself on this occasion.
Mrs. Eddy's letters.--pt.
If thou couldst contrive to wheel up thy dear carcase on the Monday, and after dining with us on tripe, calves' kidneys, or whatever else the Cornucopia of St. Clare may be willing to pour out on the occasion, might we not adjourn together to the Heathen's, thou with thy Black Backs, and I with some innocent volume of the Bell Letters,--Shenstone, or the like; it would make him wash his old flannel gown (that has not been washed, to my knowledge, since it has been his,--Oh, the long time!)
But if it will console or help at all, know this," and the words were underlined--as indeed were many words in Violet Oliver's letters--"that I never was good enough for you and you are well rid of me.
However much we may differ from his philosophy or regret the harshness of his minor works, we shall probably all agree in this sentiment from one of his own letters,--that the object of all his struggle and writing was "that men should find out and believe the truth, and match their lives to it."
On the opposite wall of the church, between two windows, was a mural tablet of white marble, with an inscription in black letters,--the only such memorial that I could discern, although many dead people doubtless lay beneath the floor, and had paved it with their ancient tombstones, as is customary in old English churches.
His letters!--there the change first showed itself.
Mr. Hardinge took charge of everything at Clawbonny, and Lucy's welcome letters,--three of which reached me weekly,--informed me that everything was re-established in the house, on the farm, and at the mill.
209; studied endings, v. 238, n. 6; publication by Mrs. Piozzi: See under Mrs. Thrale, Johnson, letters;--to Allen, Edmund, iv.
Impossible is it to conceive, without being in the very circumstances Horatio was, what a strange variety of mingled passions agitated his breast on having to read, and considered these letters:--to find such unhoped condescension from the baron de Palfoy and that Dorilaus was still living, and had the same, if not more tender inclinations for him than ever, the latter of which he had long since ceased to hope, was sufficient to have overwhelmed even the most phlegmatic person with an excess of joy:--but then the dark expressions in both these letters put his brain on the rack.--The baron had seemed to refer to an explanation of what he darkly hinted at in the letter of Dorilaus, but that he found rather more obsolete: he could imagine nothing farther than that Dorilaus having resolved to make him his heir, as he remembered some people said before he left England, on the knowledge of that intelligence the baron de Palfoy had consented to his marriage with mademoiselle Charlotta, and this, her being permitted to write to him confirmed.--This indeed was the supreme aim of his desires; and this it was that made him quit St. Germains, in hope of raising himself to a condition which might enable her to own her affection to him without a blush: but transporting as this idea was, it was mingled with disquiet, to reflect on the terms which both the Baron and Dorilaus seemed to insist on for the accomplishment of his wishes, tho' he impatiently longed to see Dorilaus after so long an absence.--Tho' in the possession of Charlotta all his hopes were centered, yet to leave a prince who had so highly favoured him, and under whose banners he had gained so much consideration, was a piece of ingratitude, which it was worse than death for him to be guilty of.--No!
Among the many subsequent expressions of his feeling toward this great man, none, perhaps, is more striking than the following extract from one of his letters:--"To no other man do I owe so much, intellectually, as to Mr. Coleridge, with whom I became acquainted in Rome, and who has honored me with his friendship for more than five-and-twenty years.
Miriam," turning suddenly upon his sister, "can you suggest any reason for this terrible misunderstanding?--who could have intercepted all of our letters?--who could have conspired, for it seems like a conspiracy, to separate us?"
From hence it is evident, that Dryden obtained the reputation of being the author; in consequence of which, Rochester meditated the base and cowardly revenge which he afterwards executed; and he thus coolly expressed his intention in another of his letters:--"You write me word, that I'm out of favour with a certain poet, whom I have admired for the disproportion of him and his attributes.
3--Letters from Mr. Ellis to Isaac D'Israeli--John Barrow's first connection with the Quarterly--Robert Southey--Appearance of No.
"--Letters on Chivalry, p. 11. "
"--(Letters from Father Taillandier to Father Willard.)
Damn'd Pisanio Hath with his forged letters- damn'd Pisanio- From this most bravest vessel of the world Struck the main-top.
And he'll let you do everything for him--even write his letters--" "Oh, Sarah, Sarah, stop!"
The following is an extract from one of her last letters:-- Dear Daughter: I cannot hope to see you again on earth; but I pray to God to unite us above, where pain will no more rack this feeble body of mine; where sorrow and parting from my children will be no more.
Sir Robert Peel becomes Prime-minister.--Commercial Reforms.--Free-trade.--Religious Toleration.--Maynooth.--The Queen's University.--Post-office Regulations.--The Opening of Letters.-- Naturalization of Aliens.--Recall of Lord Ellenborough.--Reversal of the Vote on the Sugar Duties.--Refusal of the Crown to Sanction a Bill.--The Question of Increase in the Number of Spiritual Peers.--Repeal of the Corn-laws.--Revolution in France, and Agitation on the Continent.--Death of Sir Robert Peel.--Indifference of the Country to Reform.--Repeal of the Navigation Laws.--Resolutions in Favor of Free-trade.--The Great Exhibition of 1851.
He pledged his word of honor as a gentleman to provide the letters,--a laudatory, an uplifting letter, from every citizen in town whose testimony would be of weight; also a half-column of fit praise in the next issue of the Argus, twelve copies of which Potts should freely carry off with him for judicious scattering about the fortunate town in which his journey should end.
The teacher then said,--"Now you have learned some letters,--all the lip--letters,"--making them over, and asking what each was.
Yet, as a caution be it recorded, that, in 1833, an itinerant lecturer from the South, who made it his business to teach what he calls in his title-page, "An Abridgment of Walker's Rules on the Sounds of the Letters,"--an Abridgement, which, he says in his preface, "will be found to contain, it is believed, all the important rules that are established by Walker, and to carry his principles farther than he himself has done"--befooled the Legislature of Massachusetts, the School Committee and Common Council of Boston, the professor of elocution at Harvard University, and many other equally wise men of the east, into the notion that English pronunciation could be conveniently taught to children, in "four or five days," by means of some three or four hundred rules of which the following is a specimen: "RULE 282.
Unopened Letters.--An Odd Incident.--Reckless Extravagance.--Sporting Ambition.--Like Father like Son.--A Severe and Witty Rebuke.-- Intemperance.--Convivial Excesses of a Past Day.--Worth wins at last.-- Bitter Pangs.--The Scythe of Death.--Sheridan's Second Wife.--Debts of Honour.--Drury Lane Burnt.--The Owner's Serenity.--Misfortunes never come Singly.--The Whitbread Quarrel.--Ruined.--Undone and almost Forsaken.-- The Dead Man Arrested.--The Stories fixed on Sheridan.--Extempore Wit and Inveterate Talkers.
Greedy minds, ignorant minds, sentimental, truthless minds.... He saw, as he passed a newspaper stand, placards in big black letters--'Bride's Suicide.' '
Footnote 2: That both Charles and Clarendon knew of the design, and interested themselves in its execution, is plain from several letters.--Clar.
I have read nothing from the pen of Mr. Gladstone superior in the way of style to these letters,--earnest and straightforward, almost fierce in their invective, reminding one in many respects of Brougham's defence of Queen Caroline, but with a greater array of facts, so clearly and forcibly put as not only to produce conviction but to kindle wrath.
To think of the day arriving which should begin with some other formula than that of her maid's entrance drawing aside the curtains, lighting the cheerful fire, bringing her a report of the weather; and then the little tray, resplendent with snowy linen and shining silver and china, with its bouquet of violets or a rose in the season, the newspaper carefully dried and cut, the letters,--every detail was so perfect, so unchanging, regular as the morning.
13 and 14, on the Powers of the Letters.--GB.
The Greatest of Modern Wits.--What Coleridge said of Hook.--Hook's Family.--Redeeming Points.--Versatility.--Varieties of Hoaxing.--The Black-wafered Horse.--The Berners Street Hoax.--Success of the Scheme.-- The Strop of Hunger.--Kitchen Examinations.--The Wrong House.--Angling for an Invitation.--The Hackney-coach Device.--The Plots of Hook and Mathews.--Hook's Talents as an Improvisatore.--The Gift becomes his Bane.--Hook's Novels.--College Fun.--Baiting a Proctor.--The Punning Faculty.--Official Life Opens.--Troublesome Pleasantry.--Charge of Embezzlement.--Misfortune.--Doubly Disgraced.--No Effort to remove the Stain.--Attacks on the Queen.--An Incongruous Mixture.--Specimen of the Ramsbottom Letters.--Hook's Scurrility.---Fortune and Popularity.-- The End.
Vital--Double the Detour--Return to St. Mary's--Letters--"Indian girl"--New volume of travels--Guess' Cherokee alphabet--New views of the Indian languages and their principles of construction--Georgia question--Post-office difficulties--Glimpses from the civilized world.
For mark: When Wilton was betrayed,' "it was by means of forged letters,--letters written by Constance de Beverley, at the command of Marmion, and placed, by De Wilton's squire, where they could be used against that noble knight.