William Sumner Appleton

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D. Clapp, 1904 - 10 pages
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Page 6 - Harvard's catalogue of her graduates is no longer printed in Latin. I am one of those who object to the naked boys over the door of Boston's Public Library, as poor in art, worse as part of a seal, and worst of all in their offensive vulgarity." To this he added : " I claim the credit of the discovery of the two ' Candler ' manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, and the recognition of their value to American genealogists. I also claim the credit, at least equally with any other person, of...
Page 1 - Sumner, of Boston. On both his father's side and his mother's he was descended from ancestors who were among the first settlers of Massachusetts, Samuel Appleton at Ipswich and William Sumner at Dorchester. Of his father it was truly said, not long after his death, that he was " a merchant of large enterprise and unsullied integrity ; a member of many learned societies ; a writer of many able essays on commerce and currency ; a wise and prudent counsellor in all private and public affairs ; who had...
Page 8 - Ancestry of Mary Oliver," wife of Samuel Appleton, Jr., of Ipswich, son of the first immigrant, with an Appendix. His next publication was an elaborate account, printed in the following year, of the " Cranes of Chilton," from whom also he was descended. In the Introduction to it he makes a very characteristic statement, which shows how thorough and accurate was his work : " In preparing this record of a line of my own ancestry, I am glad to have an 10 opportunity of showing the richness of genealogical...
Page 17 - ... Original Sin and the Trinity," Mr. Appleton was a steadfast Unitarian of the older school — the school of Channing and Gannett — and looked with strong aversion on the latitudinarian tendencies which were creeping into the denomination. In 1896 he printed for private distribution a pamphlet entitled "Views of Unitarian Belief held by a Layman of Boston. Written for the Unitarian Club of Boston, but never read before it.
Page 7 - By it he gave to fifteen trustees, most of whom are no longer living, " the sum of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, together with my real estate lying on Commonwealth Avenue and Clarendon Street in said Boston, being two lots, — to be held by them in trust, and for such uses and purposes as are understood by the words ' Gallery of Art and School of Design,' and I desire that they should become and be a corporation of fifteen members, with power to fill any vacancies in their number, and...
Page 6 - This paper is so characteristic of the writer that a biographer would find small excuse for not complying with so plain an injunction. With one or two unimportant omissions it is here given just as it was written: "It has been my fortune, or misfortune, to be generally in the minority. I have always belonged to a religious body which is small in acknowledged numbers, even if it has been, as I think, of far greater influence than mere figures would warrant ; and in this body I seem at this date to...
Page 6 - I have always regretted the death of the Election Sermon and the murder of Fast Day. I am one of those, apparently few in this country, who think that things are not necessarily bad because old or old-fashioned, and therefore I deeply regret that Harvard's catalogue of her graduates is no longer printed in Latin.
Page 5 - After remaining at home for nearly nine years, actively . engaged in his favorite pursuits, he sailed, in May, 1886, for his last and longest visit to Europe, returning in June, 1889. Most of the time was passed in Germany, France, England, Belgium, Holland, and Italy ; and for two successive summers he resided in the little town of Pyrmont, once a noted watering-place, in Germany, not far from Hanover, where lie spent one winter.
Page 2 - Emphatically a merchant, his mind was not narrowed nor his heart contracted by the influence of a special calling. His inquiry and his information were extensive. Acquainted with political history and the principles of civil government, with all questions of national finance, with some branches of physical science, with Christian theology and biblical criticism, so far as was needful for the stability or the 1 Memoir by Hon.

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