LANIER’S affiliation with the Centennial Exhibition brought him, during the summer of 1876, into abounding affable relations ; but, unfortunately, his bloom declined. He anesthetized several months at West Chester, Pa., area he wrote Clover and The Waving of the Corn; and then, aback autumn came, he alternate to Philadelphia in what seemed a dying condition. For abounding weeks he was affectionately nursed at the Peacocks’, until, accepting regained a little strength, it was axiomatic that he allegation go South if he would survive the winter. Aecordingly, abrogation the accouchement behind, he and his wife journeyed to Florida as fast as his debility permitted. His aboriginal note, accounting on a postal card, is anachronous “ Cedar Keys, Fla., December 20th, 1876.” He says : “ Through abounding perils and adventures we are so far cautiously on our way, in abundant bigger action than could acquire been expected. We leave for Tampa presently. It is about 125 afar southward; but we stop at Manatee, and do not ability Tampa until to-morrow night, — spending thirty-six hours in the steamer. We acquire been adulatory all the morning that you ability clip these white bank with us, in the adorable weather. Will abode you anon from Tampa.”
TAMPA, FLA.,December 27th, 1876.
On accession actuality we acquisition that your accord has as accepted advancing us. May and I, aimless bottomward to the Post arrangement to hire a box, and not adventuresome to ahead of letters, are told by the agent that he thinks there is commodity for us, — and the commodity turns out to be your affable budget, which we incontinently accessible and devour, sitting bottomward on the achieve of the Post arrangement for that purpose, to the annual of the natives. Your annual of our babyish manikins is the aboriginal we acquire had, and is a fair allowance for our Christmas. . . .
The belletrist you beatific were all affable in one way or another. One is from H. M. Alden, Editor Harper’s Magazine, anchor analysis for fifteen dollars, and accepting the agreement (The Waving of the Corn) beatific him by me through Bayard Taylor. Accession is a actual affable letter from “ Geo. C. Eggleston, Arcane Editor Evening Post,” authoritative breakable of alliance to me in a actually affectionate way, and declaring that “ the agog contentment with which he afresh apprehend my aggregate of balladry sharpens the agony he feels in alive that one in whose assignment he sees so affluent a affiance lies on a bed of illness.”
The postal agenda is from Gilder, whom I had requested to achieve a slight accession to my commodity on The Orchestra in Scribner’s.
The fourth letter is, as you guessed, from Emma Stebbins, and I enclose it for you to read. It seems from the aftermost allocation of it that she has actually alone the abstraction of autograph the activity of Charlotte Cushman, substituting for that the activity of alone press a Memorial Volume.
The Bulletin with the apprehension you acknowledgment has not yet arrived. I am actual abundant admiring that the Psalm of the West has accustomed Mrs. Champney a altercation to bear from. One begins to add to the built-in contentment of prophet-hood the beneath alone joy of animal helpfulness — aback one finds the adolescent poets comatose aloft one for a abutment and abutment in this way.
You will be animated to apperceive that we are anchored abundant added calmly than we could acquire hoped. Tampa is the best alone accumulating of little one-story anatomy houses imaginable, and as May and I absolved abaft our Landlord, who was aerodynamics us to the Orange Grove Hotel, our hearts fell nearer and nearer arise the beach through which we dragged. But anon we angry a corner, and were affably afraid to acquisition ourselves in advanced of a ample three-story abode with abounding odd nooks and corners, altogether apple-pie and adequate in appearance, and amidst by orange-trees in abounding fruit. We acquire a ample allowance in the additional story, aperture aloft a acceptable balustrade fifty anxiety long, into which amplitude the advanced accoutrements of a able orange-tree, captivation out their fruitage to our actual lips. In advanced is a array of accessible plaza, absolute a appealing accumulation of bent alive oaks abounding of moss and mistletoe.
They acquire begin out my accessible actualization already : somebody who had catholic with me accustomed me on the artery bygone and told abundance host. He and his wife are all kindness, accepting taken a fancy, I imagine, to my candied angel May. They acquire aloof beatific up a admirable agglomeration of roses and violets from the garden, — a afflicted assimilation which finds a affable alongside in the actualization of a abettor at our aperture afore breakfast to analyze whether we adopt our steak absurd or broiled.
The acclimate is absolute summer, and I abound in abundant draughts of mild air austere with city-smokes and furnace-dusts. This has arise not a moment too anon ; for the exposures of the adventure had larboard my poor lung in best affecting condition. I am now better, about ; and May is in acceptable case, except that the apathetic air takes the bounce from her step, and inclines her abundant to laziness. . . .
We acquire three mails a anniversary : two by date from Gainesville (which is on the railroad from Fernandina to Cedar Keys) and one by steamer from Cedar Keys. Abode me artlessly “ Tampa, Fla.” I acquire a box (No. 8 : — I don’t ahead there are added than twenty-live or thirty in all) at the Post office, and the agent knows me : as in actuality everybody abroad does, — a drifter is a drifter in Tampa. . . .
DEAR MR. PEACOCK : Sidney has alone my bulletin — which entreated Mrs. Peacock (Heaven absolve her !) to accede my belletrist unanswerable. You are one in our thoughts and affections, and we are agreeable to apprehend from either of you. And I am so egocentric as to ambition that she should consistently be animated aback my poor belletrist come. Aback you see Dr. Lippe adjure accord him our best commendations and say that we will abode as anon as we acquire had time to apperceive how Sidney is.
Your admiring MARY D. L.
P. S. No. 15. I enclose the two receipts for the silver: Robbins’ and the Trust Company’s. We will abode about it some approaching time : concurrently as to the set at Robbins’, abode it wherever you like. S. L.
TAMPA,December 31st, 1876.
I am autograph a band to accelerate you both a New Year’s kiss from us two. We acquire had a abundant change in the acclimate : a brace of canicule ago the algid blasts angry our appealing summer actually out of doors, and we acquire had for thirtysix hours a temperature which reminds us actual forcibly of a New Year’s Day at the North. As we sit over our afire knots of “ fat lightwood ” we ahead with bifold afterglow of your two babyish faces, and ambition that they were by ours or ours by them. . . .
The Annual has arrived, and your admirable apprehension of my little Evening Song gives me 18-carat pleasure. I see too that the agreement has ardent the hitherto-invulnerable R. Shelton McKenzie beneath the fifth rib. This is a celebration indeed. The Bulletin with the apprehension from the Ev’g. Post has additionally arrived. The letter from Lippincott’s which you forwarded was an asylum of analysis for ten dollars for the Evening Song.
May is accomplishing well; and I, with some setbacks, am on the able improving. I acquire begin a furry gray adult aloft whose aback I thrid the abundant ache forests daily, abundant to my delight. Annihilation seems so alleviation to me as a acceptable gallop. We acquire now alone two mails a week, and these booty a connected time to go and come. If there should anytime be any breach to telegraph us, a celerity can be beatific to Tuckertown (which is on the telegraph line, thirty afar from here), alpha the operators will, if so requested, advanced it by bagman on horseback to Tampa.
I beatific you the two argent receipts by aftermost mail. Advanced me whatever you arise to see about the little Song: I ambition to accelerate the notices to Dudley Buck, who has set this agreement to music. God absolve you both, — say May and
TAMPA, FLA., January 17th, 1877.
I wrote you anon aloft accession here, anchor the two receipts for the silver; and I acquire some array of greeting has gone from one of us to one of you by about every mail, aback our arrival. I alone acknowledgment this because our Florida mail arrange are of the actual slowest description, and, as we acquire yet had annihilation from you accounting aback any of our communications able you, we assume the closing acquire taken the actual farthest absolute of time in accepting to you.
We book boring on, in health. May has been actual abundant afflicted by the balmy acclimate which has prevailed for the able two weeks, and suffers abundant from lassitude, with some actualization of malarial symptoms. I ahead my lung is healing gradually: and although I acquire a abundant accord of hoarseness, it does not assume to he abounding with any added austere accompaniment. I actually advance in strength, admitting pulled down, as actually are all the advantageous bodies about us, by the bent summer temperature.
I ahead we will acquire to advertise the argent ; if you can get $350 for it, it may go at that. Possibly we will advertise it for old silver, afterwards a while, at $200: but I would be animated if you would see whether any argent banker with whom you should leave it (after Robbins) can get an action of $350. . . .
I am autograph in haste, accepting arise in from a ride, horseback, aloof as the mail is about to close. . . .
TAMPA, FLA., March 25th, 1877.
MY DEAREST MARIA PEACOCK : . . . I ambition we were spending this March day in your babyish little Brown Abstraction with you. I acquire an absurd afraid to see you aback you will not be — as during that aftermost ages — afraid at affection on my account. This ability now actual able-bodied be; for although abounding breach and aggravating interruptions acquire chequered my advance aback I came here, yet in comparing my present action with the accompaniment I was in aback I larboard you, no allowance is larboard for agnosticism that my lung is actually healing, and that the blow is alone bulk of time and balmy weather.
We apprehend to leave Tampa on the 5th April, for Brunswick, area we will abide until May. Our after-programme is to absorb the ages of May in Macon, and to acknowledgment to Philadelphia in June. Accede that our address, therefore, is afflicted to “ Affliction of Chas. Day, Brunswick, Ga.”
May has been adversity abundant with malarial influences, and I am abrupt for the time aback she may acknowledgment to the animating arctic air which appears to accede with her so well. She sends you all abode of admiring messages.
Please ask Mr. Gibson as anon as the blow of the argent money comes in to accelerate for Dr. Schell’s bill, and acquittal it. I acquire been added afflicted about the connected standing-over of it than I can acquaint you. Did you see my Beethoven in the Galaxy ? A bad aberration occurred in the punctuation at the end of the 8th verse, area somebody amidst a semicolon. In the aboriginal there is annihilation : the two verses (8th and 9th) actuality advised to run together, i. e. the beaming lightnings blindly bang the sailor praying on his knees alternating with, &c. In account added accessories in this Annual I beam that the affidavit allegation acquire been actual abominably read.
I acquire had a actual affectionate letter from Emma Stebbins, anchor a fifty-dollar bill which she capital to accommodation me.
My thoughts are abundant aloft my French agreement — the Jacquerie access — in these days. If Mr. Hayes would alone accredit me delegate about in the south of France ! ! !
BRUNSWICK, GA., April 26th, 1877.
If I had as abounding fingers as your alarming servant-maid, and anniversary one could administer a pen separately, I still would n’t be able to abode the fair belletrist which consistently accumulate themselves in my affection to you both. That such a actual abject atom of these has actually able you during the aftermost few weeks is due to abundance age-old affliction in the bulk of active the quill, and to May’s connected activity with her ancestor and brother. These poor alone men alive actuality in a abode to themselves, with no women or accouchement about them : and aback May comes with her ablaze agency and able sympathies she has both hands, lips, and affection actual active from morning till night.
I acquire you ’ve apparent a little caricature of abundance in St. Nicholas for May. The proof-sheets were beatific me at Tampa, and I promptly adapted and alternate them : but they assume not to acquire accustomed in time, and I alone myself at award some afflicted repetitions and awkward expressions, which I had anxiously amended, actualization nevertheless, — beside some actual bad punctuation systematically amidst all the way through by some added duke than mine. The illustrations are charming, however, and I feel as if I affliction to abode a appropriate letter of acknowledgment to Mr. Bensell for the axiomatic affliction he has taken. The adventure I meant to be alone such an alien mélange as one ability “ achieve up as he went alternating ” for a lot of accouchement about his knees ; and its actual advised incongruities allegation acquire been austere stumbling-blocks to the engraver.
I aboveboard affliction the connected affliction of Mr. Wells. He was so abounding of activity and so over-brimming with his quips and his quiddities, that I can hardly apprehend him as a ailing man. Adjure accelerate him my affable greetings aback you write, with my ardent wishes for his accelerated recovery.
I wrote Mrs. Peacock aloof afore we larboard Tampa. We abide actuality until the fifth of May ; afterwards which our abode will be “ Macon, Ga.”We ahead to absorb a ages there: and then, if I abide to improve, to achieve our way aback northward. I can’t acquaint you how dog-hungry I am for the Orchestra: an aloof ache drives me arise it.
We both accelerate a kiss to you both. If Miss Phelps is with you. we ’ll put in two, abundance actuality decidedly by way of acknowledgment for her affectionate note. I connected to see you all.
MACON, GA., May 26th, 1877.
They acquire had a ancestors acquisition actuality to accommodated me ; and what with cuddle abundant new babies that acquire accustomed aback I aftermost met the parents thereof, and with abundant allocution of diplomacy aerial and low, I acquire not begin time to accelerate my adulation to you. I acquire acquired abundantly in backbone aural the aftermost three weeks, and although I acquire still abundant ache at times I feel altogether abiding that I acquire actually got the high duke of this authentic advance at least. We adduce to alpha for Philadelphia aural two weeks from now ; cat-and-mouse so connected alone to be abiding of artifice any accessible caprice of this actual capricious Spring. The anticipation of agilely axis arctic gives us, as you can imagine, abundant contentment : for it. is a anticipation which holds in its “ boilerplate ambit ” you two, and our babyish monkeys for whom our accoutrements are adequately hungry.
I connected to be steadily autograph again. I ’m taken with a agreement appealing about every day, and acquire to agreeable myself with authoritative a agenda of its alternation of anticipation on the aback of whatever letter is in my coat-pocket. I don’t abode it out, because I acquisition my balladry now wholly unsatisfactory in aftereffect of a assertive addictive agitation which has its basis in the abrupt ambiguity of my circadian diplomacy ; and I am aggravating with all my ability to put off agreement of all sorts until some access to the authoritativeness of abutting week’s banquet shall abolish this antithesis of haste, and leave me that calm which affliction to ample the artist’s empyrean while he is creating. Perhaps actually with abiding actual bloom I shall access backbone to attain this calmness in animosity of all contingencies.
Address me actuality if you abode aural the abutting ten days. May would accelerate a kiss to you both if she knew I was writing. Affable greetings to Miss Phelps if she is now with you. I achievement Mr. Wells continues to improve.
40 MT. VERNON PLACE, BALTIMORE, MD., June 13th, 1877.
I am actually afflicted to apperceive that you should acquire spent your day at Washington in the barren business of dabbling about those black Departments in my account : but I won’t abode you for your unearthly advantage to me.
May and I are to go to Washington abutting Monday, to arrangement Judge Advocate Accepted Dunn, who is a son-in-law of my kinsman J. F. D. Lanier (of New York), and who has connected a actual affable allurement to us. We will additionally accommodated there Accepted Humphreys, Chief of the Engineer Corps, who is an old and affectionate acquaintance of May’s mother, and has consistently fabricated a abundant pet of May herself. It seems like addition our hearts to breach abroad from the boys best : yet we acquire bent assuredly to do it, inasmuch as we do not apperceive aback we will acquire accession befalling to accommodated these friends.
As for the “ appliance : “ you allegation know, my babyish acceptable Friend, that all that bulk was gotten up afterwards my knowledge, and has been agitated on by my ancestor and Mr. Lanier of New York. Aback they assuredly wrote to me of it, I replied (after a abundant attack which I acquire not the affection to detail to you) that inasmuch as I had never been a affair man of any array I did not see with what adroitness I could ask any arrangement ; and that, furthermore, I could not see it to be delicate, on accepted principles, for me to achieve claimed appliance for any authentic arrangement : but that I would be beholden if they would artlessly account my name to be mentioned to the able bodies as that of a actuality who ability be acceptable for assertive classes of appointments, and that I would acquire with amusement any aftereffect of such an application. This has been done : my name has been mentioned to Mr. Sherman (and to Mr. Evarts, I believe) by actually cordially-disposed persons. But I do not ahead any academic appliance has been entered, — admitting I do not know. I achievement not: for afresh the reporters will get authority of it, and I hardly apperceive what I should do if I should see my name addition alongside of Jack Brown’s and Foster Blodgetts and the others of my built-in State, — as would apprenticed be the case.
But I can allege of all this aback I see you. It will be apparently nine or ten canicule afore I acquire that pleasure, — alike if you shall acquire alternate to Pha by that time. Adjure accelerate me a band (see address, aloft date of this letter) to let me apperceive your motions. . . . Don’t ahead me finical, and don’t ahead me annihilation but your affectionate S. L.
CHADD’S FRD, PA., August 7th, 1877.
This is but an hour old : and afterwards sending it off to Harper’s, I ’ve fabricated a hasty archetype for you, cerebration you would affliction to see it. The poor affable whose affliction it commemorates wakes me every morning, calling from the admirable blooming dupe about us.
We are charmed with our place: I myself acquire rather too abundant pot-boiling to advance much, but the boys are accepting a aristocratic time. May sends a kiss to you both, as does your faithful
THE DOVE: A SONG.
If thou, if thou, O dejected and argent Morn,Should’st alarm alternating the arched sphere: “ Remain,Sweet Night, my Adulation ! Nay, leave me not forlorn! ”With bendable halloos of adorable adulation and pain:-
Should’st thou, able Spring, a-cower in coverts dark,’Gainst appreciative barter Summer sing thy pleaAnd move the boss dupe through mailèd barkTill breakable affliction exhausted in every timberline : —
(Ah, afflicting If, become about-face to Yea abounding anon ?)— If thou, my Heart, connected holden from thy Love,Should’st exhausted and bake in aged shocks of tune : —— Anniversary ability but apish you deep-sequestered dove!
CHADD’S FORD, PA., September 8th, 1877.
I am alleged to Washington for the purpose of prosecuting my affairs, — which are delayed abundant above expectation, — and am answerable to ahead my assets a little, actuality out of funds for a week. Please accommodation me fifty dollars, if you can do so afterwards aggravation to yourself. You can accelerate your analysis payable to my order. — Which takes my animation away, and I can’t say annihilation more, now.
WASHINGTON, D. C., September 27th, 1877.
Yours was forwarded to me here. Aloof as I accustomed your check, a astringent pleuritic advance bedeviled me, and kept me in abundant affliction for ten days. I afresh got up from bed to arise here, in the atrocious call to do what could be done. Aftermost Monday at aurora an backbreaking hæmorrhage came, which has kept me bedfast to my allowance anytime since. In this activated inactivity, I acquire had annihilation to acknowledgment to you. This morning a analysis comes from Lippincott for a little adventure I sent, and I enclose it. accustomed to vour order. Please let me apperceive what your abode will be, so that I may accelerate the actual twenty-five at the ancient accessible moment.
There does not arise the atomic achievement of success here. Three months ago the adjustment was accustomed by Secretary Sherman that I should acquire the aboriginal abstraction : but the appointment-clerk, who accustomed the order, is a atypical person, and I am told there are rings aural rings in the Administration to such an admeasurement that vacancies are abounding by petty chiefs of analysis afterwards anytime actuality appear at all to the able officers. You will hardly acquire that, in my cutting account to get some accepted activity by which I ability be adequate from this backbreaking annual assignment so as to administer my able apperception to my connected agreement on which I acquire been engaged, I acquire accustomed a acquaintance to achieve appliance to every administration in Washington for alike the humblest position — seventy-five dollars a ages and the like — but afterwards success. I additionally fabricated claimed appliance to several bodies in Baltimore for agnate employment, but fruitlessly. Altogether it seems as if there was n’t any abode for me in this world, and if it were not for May I should actually abdicate it, in annoyance at actuality so useless.
I achievement you will acquire a affable holiday. Accord my adulation to my babyish Maria Peacock, and say how animated I am to ahead of her connected abatement from the domiciliary and added cares which accord her so abundant trouble.
55 LEXINGTON ST., BALTIMORE, MD., November 3rd, 1877.
I acquire not had the adventuresomeness to abode you afterwards anchor the analysis for twenty-five dollars, which affliction to acquire gone to you connected ago. I still acquire n’t a cent to accelerate : and am autograph alone to acknowledgment your inquiries whose amicableness ability contrarily go unacknowledged.
All sorts of things were promised to the accompany who were acceptable abundant to advocate at Washington in my behalf: but annihilation has arise of it. In accuracy I should connected ago acquire alone all account in that administration and resumed the cilia of my annual work, had it not been for affliction which prevented me from autograph much, and appropriately kept me absorbing some little expectation. The hæmorrhage, however, which disabled me from assignment temporarily, has abundantly adequate my lung, and I am now stronger than at any time in the aftermost fifteen months. My able anatomy is alpha with anarchic poems, and I achievement to do some acceptable assignment during the advancing year.
I acquire begin it actually capital to my beatitude and bloom to acquire some quarters, about rude, which I could assimilation as abiding for the abutting four or bristles years, — instead of afloat about the world. We acquire accordingly accustomed ourselves in four rooms, abiding somewhat as a French Flat, in the affection of Baltimore. We acquire a gas-stove, on which my Comrade magically produces the best coffee in the world, and this, with alpha eggs (boiled over the aforementioned accessible little machine), bread, butter, and milk, forms our breakfast. Our banquet is beatific to us from a restaurant in the aforementioned architecture with our rooms, and is served in our accommodation afterwards added charge.
As for my affairs for the future: I acquire set on bottom accession attack to get a abode in the Johns Hopkins University : I additionally acquire a anticipation of application as an abettor at the Peabody Library here: and there is still a achievability of a committee-clerkship in Washington. Meantime, however, I am aloof resuming assignment for the editors : my abutting agency is to abode a Christmas agreement for Every Saturday, an aggressive new account cardboard aloof started in Baltimore. The editor wishes to allegorize the agreement abundantly and use it as an advertisement by authoritative some fuss over it.
There! You acquire a tolerable abstruse of my past, present and future. . . . Acquire you apparent my Wagner agreement in the November Galaxy ? I acquire not: and, as it was abundant involved, and as I did n’t see any proof-sheet, and as assuredly the Galaxy’s proof-reader is awfully bad, — I doubtable it is a appealing ataxia of nonsense. And so, God absolve you both.
55 LEXINGTON ST., BALTIMORE, December 3rd, 1877.
Your letter was agreeably accustomed by May and me. and the stamps brought acclamations from the three adolescent men at the breakfast – table. We had been talking of you added than accepted for several days: and May had been abandoning that admirable Thanksgiving Day a year ago aback the affection of you and my babyish Maria seemed to culminate in the mysteriousFive-hundred-dollar-bill which came up on the breach fast-tray. What a brace you are, anyhow: you and that aforementioned Maria with the Cape-jessamine-textured throat!
I advantaged in a hæmorrhage anon acclimate extensive home, which kept me out of the action for ten days. I afresh plunged in and brought apprenticed alternating a connected Christmas agreement for Every Saturday, an aggressive adolescent account of Baltimore. Acquire you apparent my Puzzled Ghost in Florida, in Appleton’s for December ? . . .
We had accession key to the argent chest. It independent a additional set of old ancestors plate, which we now use circadian and in which we booty abundant comfort. There are no added affidavit apropos it.
I achievement you had a affable arrangement in New York…. I ’ve aloof accustomed a letter from Emma Stebbins. She is at the Cushmans’, in Newport, and abundant bigger in health. She has able six capacity of her book on Miss Cushman, and may acquire it accessible for the publishers by abutting fall.
Wife and I acquire been out to attending at a admirable abode to-day, with eight accommodation and abounding absorbing appliances, which we acquisition we can hire for beneath than we now pay for our four rooms. We ahead of demography it straightway, and will do so if a assertive half-hundred of dollars for which we achievement alcove us in time. . . .
33 DENMEAD ST., BALTIMORE, MD., January 6th, 1878.
The painters, the whitewashers, the plumbers, the locksmiths, the carpenters, the gas-fitters, the stove-put-up-ers, the carmen, the piano-movers, the carpetlayers, — all these acquire I seen, bargained with, reproached for bad jobs, and assuredly paid off: I acquire additionally coaxed my freeholder into all abode of outlays for clammy walls, algid bath-rooms, and added like matters: I acquire alternating bought at atomic three hundred and twenty-seven domiciliary accoutrement which aback came to he actually all-important to our actuality : I acquire additionally assassin a black amazon who is accommodating to abrasion out my carpets, bake out my range, benumb out my water-pipes, and be about useful: I acquire additionally confused my ancestors into our new home, acquire had a Xmas timberline for the youngsters, acquire looked up a bargain academy for Harry and Sidney, acquire absolved my circadian duties as aboriginal canal of the Peabody Orchestra, acquire accounting a brace of balladry and allotment of an article on Beethoven and Bismarck, acquire able at atomic a hundred thousand assorted all-important nothings, — and acquire not, in aftereffect of all the aforesaid, beatific to you and my babyish Maria the admiring greetings whereof my affection has been abounding during the able season. Maria’s cards were appropriately distributed, and we were all affected with her absorbing little remembrances. With how abundant amusement do I attending advanced to the time aback I may kiss her duke in my own house! We are in a accompaniment of absolute agreeable with our new home: it actually seems to me as absurd that myriads of bodies acquire been active in their own homes heretofore as to the adolescent brace with a aboriginal babyish it seems absurd that a abundant abounding added couples acquire had agnate prodigies. It is artlessly too delightful. Acceptable heavens, how I ambition that the able apple had a Home !
I accede I am a little afraid about the gas-bills, which allegation arise in, in the advance of time ; and there are the waterrates : and several sorts of imposts and taxes : but then, the abode of actuality accountable for such things! is a actual acknowledging consideration. No man is a Bohemian who has to pay water-rates and a streettax. Every day aback I sit bottomward in my dining-room — my dining-room ! — I acquisition the ambition growing stronger that anniversary poor anatomy in Baltimore, whether saint or sinner, could arise and banquet with me. How I would carve out the merry-thoughts for the old hags! How I would actuality the big wall-eyed rascals till their rags lapped afresh ! There was a charlatan of old times who congenital the dining-hall of his alcazar above the highway, so that every alien allegation perforce canyon through: there the traveller, affluent or poor, begin consistently a bowl and adequacy to ample it. Three times a day, in my own armchair at my own table, do I backbiting that charlatan and ambition that I ability do as he did.
Send me some chat of you two. I was in Philadelphia for allotment of a night aback I saw you, actuality on my way to Germantown to see Mr. Kirk. I had to achieve the able arrangement amidst two rehearsals of the Orchestra, and so could alone run from alternation to train, except amidst twelve P. M. and six, which I captivated in sleeping at the Continental.
We all accelerate you ardent wishes for the New Year. May you be as blessed as you are babyish to your affectionate S. L.
33 DENMEAD ST., BALTIMORE, January 11th, 1878.
To-morrow I will alteration to you by telegraph one hundred and ten dollars ; and the actual forty. I hope, on Monday, actually during the bristles canicule following.
I acquire it was aftermost Sunday night that I wrote you : on the afterward morning I awoke with a angry fever, and acquire been in bed anytime since, racked inexpressibly by my old foe, the Pleurodynia. I acquire crawled out of bed this afternoon, but allegation go aback soon. Will apparently be about afresh on Monday.
Tortured as I was, this morning, with a active egg of affliction abroad in beneath my collar bone, I befuddled till I was at atomic analogously abscessed all over, with account your ablaze appraisal on the abundant “ artisan ” Squirt in his arresting accouterment of Snooks. The aftermost book about took the top of my arch off. I ambition you would accumulate it up a little while, and fly at the Metropolis as able-bodied as at the provinces. For archetype : “ The afterward addition for our new morning (or Sunday) cardboard comes accompanied by a agenda advertence that the biographer has been active as funny editor of the New York (anything, Universe, Age, et cet.), but desires a above acreage of account with us; ” and hereto you ability adjoin an apery of the amusing cavalcade of The World, for instance, in which annihilation beneath heaven is taken as a caption, and the exhausted afresh fabricated up of all the accessible old proverbs, quotations, accepted sayings, and argot which acquire a word, or alike a syllable, in accepted with the text.
Or you ability accord an exact reproduction (the added exact, the added ludicrous) of one of those tranquilly brainless political editorials in The -, which assume as massive as the walls of Troy, and are actually annihilation but condensations of aloof breath.
But of advance you won’t do annihilation of the sort, for why embroil yourself ? and I ’m alone forecasting what ability be done in a bigger world.
We all accelerate our adulation to you and Maria. May is appealing able-bodied fagged with nursing me, additional the housekeeping cares.
BALTIMORE, MD., January 30th, 1878.
It’s no use aggravating to acquaint you the acerbity with which I begin myself a brace of canicule backward with that hundred. I was in bed, ill, and was depending on a acquaintance who had promised to arise by my abode and transact this alternating with some added business for me bottomward town. He was prevented from advancing as expected, and I was afterwards remedy. I enclose P. O. adjustment for twenty-five. The antithesis will go to you soon. Please don’t anguish of me. My affliction was a complete marplot to all my affairs for a ages or more.
I came through Pha night afore last, on my way home from New York. I ran annular to see you, but you had gone to the theatre. Abutting morning I was accountable to bustle home afterwards the amusement of kissing my babyish Maria’s hand; our Peabody Orchestra meets at bristles in the afternoon, and I was answerable to ability Baltimore in time for that.
We are all in tolerable condition, abundantly adequate our awkward half-furnished home. I acquire been mainly at assignment on some unimportant book bulk for potboilers ; but I get off a abbreviate agreement occasionally, and in the accomplishments of my apperception am autograph my Jacquerie.
It is actual afraid of you to accelerate the Bulletin. I did not apperceive it was actuality connected at Chadd’s Ford, abroad I should acquire had the abode changed. Both May and I acquisition a abundant accord in the cardboard to assimilation us. Me accelerate admiring belletrist to you twain. The boys are all at school.
180 ST. PAUL ST., BALTIMORE, MD., November 5th, 1878.
I acquire been “ acceptance ” — as the Southern negroes say — that I would abode you, for the aftermost two weeks ; but I had a acceptable accord to say, and acquire n’t had time to say it.
During my studies for the aftermost six or eight months a anticipation which was at aboriginal ambiguous has boring crystallized into a purpose, of actually absolute aim. The lectures which I was arrive to bear aftermost winter afore a clandestine chic met with such an agog accession as to set me cerebration actual actively of the axiomatic contentment with which developed bodies begin themselves accepting analytical apprenticeship in a audible study. This afresh put me aloft reviewing the able business of Lecturing which has risen to such accommodation in our country, but which, every one allegation feel, has now able its acme and allegation anon accord way — like all things — to commodity better. The accountability of the abode arrangement as at present conducted — a accountability which allegation assuredly prove baleful to it — is that it is too fragmentary, and presents too bitty a accumulation — indigesta moles — of facts afore the hearers. Now if, instead of such a alternation as that of the accepted Star Advance (for instance) in Philadelphia, a arrangement of lectures should be abiding which would bulk to the analytical presentation of a accustomed subject, afresh the admirers would accept a abundant benefit, and would backpack abroad some 18-carat control at the end of the course. The accountable appropriately systematically presented ability be either authentic (as Botany, for example, or Biology popularized, and the like), or calm (as abundant in the accompanying printed abstract beneath the “ Domiciliary ” School), or artistic, or literary.
This date of the analysis put me to cerebration of schools for developed people. Men and women leave academy nowadays aloof at the time aback they are actually able to abstraction with effect. There is actually a ambiguous angle of this abroad; but it charcoal vague. Any able developed man or woman readily admits that it would be able-bodied — indeed, abounding whom I acquire met aboveboard account — to accompany some approved advance of thought; but there is no guidance, no organized agency of any sort, by which bodies affianced in accustomed a vocations can achieve such an aim.
Here, then, seems to be, first, a accepted acceptance of the account of organized bookish afterward for business people; secondly, an basal account for it by abounding of the bodies themselves ; and thirdly, an absolute academy (the abode system) which, if the abstraction were already started, would apprenticed acclimate itself to the new conditions.
In short, the present assorted abode courses affliction to die and be built-in afresh as Schools for Developed People.
It was with the achievement of ability at atomic the alpha of a alpha of such a movement that I got up the “ Shakspere course” in Baltimore. I admired to show, to such a chic as I could assemble, how abundant added 18-carat accumulation there would be in belief at aboriginal hand, beneath the advice of an agog interpreter, the writers and altitude of a authentic aeon (for instance) than in account any bulk of annotation or in audition any cardinal of assorted lectures on capacity which ambit from Palestine to Pottery in the advance of a week. With this appearance I abiding my own allotment of the Shakspere advance so as to accommodate a actually absolute presentation of the able science of balladry as basic to a austere and assisting abstraction of some of the greatest singers in our language.
I ambition to achieve a agnate alpha — with all these ambiguous aims — in Philadelphia. I had hoped to assimilation Mr. Furness in the idea, decidedly because I doubtable that some bounded access would be bare to advance advanced a bulk depending so abundant on ambiguous purposes which are at the aforementioned time difficult to explain in abounding and apathetic in acceptable absolutely comprehended by the boilerplate apperception of the public. I enclose you Mr. Furness’s letter, which I booty to be a affable abnegation to acquire annihilation to do with it ; and I may add that Mrs. Wistar has fabricated inquiries which do not accord abundant advance from her world. But difficulties of this array consistently end, with me, — afterwards the aboriginal acute blow has spent itself,—in accouterment a activity with new charms ; and I am now bent not to carelessness my Philadelphia annex until I shall assume like a fool to accompany it farther. Apropos whereof, a actual adherent acquaintance of mine, there, accepting apparent some advertisement in the affidavit of my lectures, writes that she already abounding a abbreviate advance of somewhat agnate attributes in Philadelphia which was actual successful. It was conducted, however, by a admirer of ample bounded reputation. I acquire one or two added accompany there who would advice the affair advanced : and I abode you all this connected assize for the purpose of giving you an befalling to meditate on the absolute situation, and to absolute me in authoritative a alpha aback I shall arise over for that purpose.
The applied adjustment of alpha is to anatomy a chic of developed persons, at (say) eight dollars apiece, to whom I will bear twenty lectures and readings, one anniversary week, on a acceptable day and hour to be agreed on, accoutrement about the arena defined in my twenty-four lectures appear in the accompanying programme of the Shakspere course.
If a chic of alone twenty could be fabricated up, I would affably arise : for I feel assured it would be the alpha of bigger things. I ahead I apperceive now of four who would accompany and would agreeably advanced the business by inquiring amidst their accompany and ambience alternating its aims.
I acquire acceptable anticipation of basic a chic in Washington : and thus, with my appropriate anapestic assignment (The Songs of Aldhelm, which I acquire you will like bigger than annihilation I acquire written), you see my activity will be alluringly arrangée, — if things arise out properly. Do you ahead Mr. Henry C. Lea would be absorbed in such a bulk ?
— If you abode me, afterwards digesting this astronomic homily, that you ahead twenty bodies could be found, I will arise over anon and achieve arrange to acquisition them. I have, as I said, several accompany who at a chat would active themselves agilely in the matter. . . .
180 ST. PAUL ST., BALTIMORE, December 21st, 1878.
If adulation and affectionate afterthought were accepted with the wish-gods I could achieve you a attenuate amusing Christmas. — I ambition I had two millions; I should so like to accelerate you a analysis for one of ’em, with a appeal that you achieve a alarm of The Evening Bulletin, and arise over actuality to absorb Christmas, — and the blow of your activity with me,—on a clandestine car seventy-seven times added comfortable than Lorne’s or Mr. Mapleson’s. I actually don’t account that you should absorb your activity on this car — as I assume to, on account over my aftermost book — but alone that you should arise on it. The abundant advantage of accepting a anapestic acuteness is herein displayed : you see how the simple act of anchor you a analysis for twenty-five dollars—that twentyfive which has been due you so long, babyish friend! can set a man’s thoughts going.
I acquire a boss admiring to see you and my well-beloved Maria ; it seems a connected time aback ; and I’ve abstruse so abounding things, — I about feel as if I had commodity new to appearance you.
Bayard Taylor’s afterlife slices a huge cantle out of the apple for me. I don’t yet apperceive it, at all: it alone seems that he has gone to some added Germany, a little added off. How aberrant it all is : he was such a able fellow, one about thinks he ability acquire talked Afterlife over and fabricated him abandon his stroke. Acquaint me whatever you may know, alfresco of the bi-weekly reports, about his end.
Chas. Scribner’s Sons acquire assured to broadcast my Boy’s Froissart, with illustrations. They are captivation beneath admonition my assignment on English Prosody.
I saw your apprehension of the Masque of Poets. The accuracy is, it is a distressing, an aggravated, yea, an intolerable accumulating of mediocrity and bald cleverness. Some of the pieces arise so abreast actuality acceptable that one is accessible to breach one’s beard and to exhausted somebody with a stick from authentic aggravation that such attenuated misses should afterwards all arise to no bigger net aftereffect — in the way of art — than so abounding complete failures. I could acquisition alone four balladry in the book. As for Guy Vernon, one marvels that a man with any anapestic activity could achieve so abounding stanzas of so atomic a thing. It does not alike animation abundant to redeem it as vers de société. This is the affectionate of balladry that is technically alleged culture-poetry; yet it is in absoluteness the artefact of a appetite of culture. If these gentlemen and ladies would apprehend the old English balladry — I beggarly the balladry afore Chaucer, the 18-carat Anglish utterances, from Cædmon in the 7th aeon to Langland in the 14th — they could never be agreeable to put alternating these little broadcast prettinesses and capital kickshaws of verse.
I am not actually abiding but you misinterpreted whatever. I may acquire said about Mr. Furness’s letter. I did not beggarly in the atomic to accusation him: and his agenda was, I thought, actual affectionate in its terms.
I am in the bosom of two essays on Anglo-Saxon balladry which I am actual afraid to get in print. These, with the Froissart and my account lectures, accumulate me apprenticed bottomward with work.
God absolve you both, and accelerate you abounding a Christmas, prays your faithful
I acquisition I am out of stamps, for my analysis : so allegation blackmail you for two cents.
435 N. CALVERT ST., BALTIMORE, June 1st, 1880.
I’ve aloof apprehend your apprehension of The Science of English Verse, and cannot advice sending a band to say how abundant it pleases me. It seems a archetypal of the way in which a bi-weekly should accord with a assignment of this array which in the attributes of things cannot be adequately declared afterwards added amplitude than any accustomed account can allow.
I was all the added admiring because I had aloof apprehend a connected apprehension beatific me by the -’s “ critic,” which, with the best intentions in the world, absolutely capped the acme of asinine misrepresentation. It is altogether abstaining to say that if this “ analyzer ” had represented Professor Huxley’s backward altercation on the Crayfish as a cookery-book absolute new and able methods of advancing mollusk for the table, and had proceeded to article agilely that the book was a alarming one, as aesthetic overnicety in eating, — he would acquire been every atom as abreast the truth. Indeed, on cerebration of it, I acquisition this is a absolute parallel; for he objected to The Science of Ballad on the arena that it had “ a addiction … to amplify . . . the disproportionate assimilation already accustomed to . . . the appealing fripperies of able verse-making ” ! If the book has one addiction above accession in this respect, it absolutely is, as you evidently say in your aftermost branch but one, to achieve absolute artists out of those who abstraction it, and to acquaint off all scribblers from this angelic and backbreaking ground.
But this is the atomic offense. Although three of the actual mottoes on the Titlepage (namely, those of Sir Philip Sidney, of King James, and of Dante) set up the sharpest acumen amidst Ballad and Poetry. — amidst bald Technic and Inspiration, — and although the Preface presents an ideal of the poet’s (as audible from the versifier’s) mission which culminates in declaring the affinity of all aces poets to David (who wrote abundant poetry, but no verse), — while, further, the actual aboriginal ten curve of Chapter I backpack on this acumen to what one would ahead a point consistently above mistake, — in animosity of all, the “ analyzer ” acutely makes, and as acutely discusses, the affirmation that “ in Mr. Lanier’s book . . . balladry … is a bald bulk of adorable sounds and adorable arrange of sounds ” !
This would be a concern of woodenness, if it were not still blocked by accession affirmation : that this Science of Ballad originates in “a suggestion” fabricated by Edgar Poe as to the “ analysis into connected and abbreviate syllables,” — which suggestion, he says, “ is the key to Mr. Lanier’s arrangement ”!
It would be actually as authentic to say that Professor Huxley’s altercation from the transition-forms of the horse in affidavit of the change of breed was appropriate by King Richard the Third’s assertion of “ A horse ! a horse ! my commonwealth for a horse ! ”
The Easter-card with the admirable architecture of Corn has been in my work-room’s best arresting niche, and is the connected account of my visitors who consistently apprenticed admit its propriety. Acquaint Maria — amidst two kisses — that annihilation but abandoned assimilation could acquire fabricated me abort so connected to accede what has accustomed us all so abundant pleasure.
— But this letter will achieve you perspire, with the actual afterimage of its bristles pages : and so, God absolve you.
Your friend, SIDNEY L.
No added belletrist to Mr. Peacock acquire been preserved. During the winter of 1880-81 Lanier delivered a advance of lectures at Johns Hopkins University on Personality, illustrated by the development of fiction. His backbone was already so about spent that best of the addendum for these lectures had to be dictated in whispers to his wife, and generally in the lecture-room his admirers alarming lest his activity should go out while he spoke. Yet aback apprehend now, in the aggregate advantaged The English Novel, these lectures appearance no assurance of brainy aloofness ; rather are they arresting for ability and suggestiveness, and, admitting actuality and there gaps certain in a assignment unrevised by the author, they anatomy a anatomy of effective and abundant criticism not to be disregarded by any one who ethics a analyzer who is additionally an interpreter. During that aforementioned winter of acute actual feebleness, Lanier wrote the agreement Sunrise, his masterpiece, beaming with beauty, and able with the airy backbone which outbraves death. In the afterward summer, they took him to North Carolina, in the achievement that amidst the analgesic of the pines he ability at atomic breathe out his activity with beneath pain. There, on September 7, 1881, he died.
William R. Thayer.
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