Letters of John Holmes to James Russell Lowell and Others

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Houghton Mifflin, 1917 - 290 pages
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Page 62 - Mother) almost broke his heart to part with her. She was a daughter to him, she said, and he had fondly thought that love and care could keep her frail life to the filling up of a century or beyond it. It was a pity to look on him in his first grief ; but Time, the great consoler, is busy with his anodyne, and he is coming back to himself.
Page 60 - John Holmes, of Holmes Place, and him who would be, in a properly constituted order of things, the Marquess of Thompson Lot with a p. The marquess, fearing that (since Squire Holmes cultivated his own estate with his own hands and a camp-stool) his rival might be in want of food and too proud to confess it, generously resolved to give him a dinner, which, to save his feelings, he adroitly veiled with the pretence of an Agricultural Festival and Show of Vegetables. Dr. Howe and Mr. Storey were the...
Page xxxi - ... of the church. Some half-dozen people were in motion. I do not remember whether the bell was tolled. This was the scant, lonely funeral of Mr. Andrew Craigie.2 These notes and reminiscences are addressed, aside, to only the few experts or esoterics in Cambridge antiquities, — people who if asked the following questions, would answer readily and perhaps with some resentment at the doubt of their knowledge implied by the inquiry : Where was the old Court House ? 8 The old Jail ? 1 See an article...
Page xxxi - Where was the old Court House? The old jail? The Market House? Where was the college wood-yard? Where were the old hay-scales? Where was the little brook that ran over gravel toward the Charles and, like the two princes, was stifled in its bed?
Page xxxii - ... our linen and silver, by the vast superfluity of his oysters, with which we remained inundated for days. He did not care to eat many himself, but seemed content to fancy doing us a pleasure; and I have known few greater ones in life, than in the hospitality that so oddly played the host to us at our own table. It must have seemed incomprehensible to such a Cantabrigian that we should ever have been willing to leave Cambridge, and in fact I do not well understand it...
Page 60 - The election of Mayor. And now of the Cerealia. (Don't confound this with Serialia and suppose I have taken up the "Atlantic " again.) You must know then that Cambridge boasts of two distinguished farmers — Mr. John Holmes, of Holmes Place, and him who would be, in a properly constituted order of things, the Marquess of Thompson Lot with a/>.
Page xviii - The elder brother was born to live among cheery, social groups. He was fond of society, not averse to admiration, always ready for new acquaintances and novel experiences. The younger brother, while the more distinguished and noticeable in appearance of the two, was in the last degree self-withdrawing and modest, more than content to be held by the world at arm's length, yet capable of the most devoted and unselfish loyalty to the few real intimates he loved.
Page l - Dorothy Q. ; " and Dr. Holmes's own wife was also in the direct line of descent from this same couple. Thus at last the patient reader is brought within 1 1634-1640 and 1645-1650. 2 1679-1686 and 1689-1692. one generation of Dr. Holmes himself ! The Doctor's father, the Rev. Abiel Holmes, was a clergyman who taught the old-fashioned Calvinism, with all its horrors, and yet apart from his religious creed was a gentleman of humanity and cultivation. Colonel T. Wentworth Higginson calls him " that...
Page xxvi - He proved to be a professional incendiary, /. ., a fire maker in the college. His trial, though in a measure pro forma, gave an aspect of efficiency to the patrol, and added to its moral strength. The dullest intellect perceived what might have occurred, had the prisoner been one of the real confederates, and had no patrol existed to arrest his deadly career. No monument or inscription commemorates the services of that time, not even a bronze extinguisher of minute size. Among the members of the...
Page xxv - There is always one drawback on precaution, — that it cuts off the very evidence that should justify it. The patrol of 1840 were subject to this inconvenience. Only one arrest was made. It was of a man who at a very early hour of the morning was detected carrying incendiary material toward the college. He was seized with his lantern and his various pyrotechnics, carried to the Court House, and subjected to severe examination.

About the author (1917)

Author and editor William Roscoe Thayer was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 16, 1859. He graduated from Harvard University in 1881 and in 1886. In 1892, he became the editor of the Harvard Graduates' Magazine. He wrote numerous books including The Life and Times of Cavour; The Life and Letters of John Hay; Theodore Roosevelt: An Intimate Biography; Volleys from a Non-Combatant; and The Art of Biography. He died in 1923.

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