James T. Fields, Biographical Notes and Personal Sketches, with Unpublished Fragments and Tributes from Men and Women of Letters

James T. Fields, Biographical Notes and Personal Sketches, with Unpublished Fragments and Tributes from Men and Women of Letters

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...for the Isles of Shoals. On our way we heard of the success of the Ocean cable. What glorious reward to Cyrus Field after eight years of delay and disappointment. 'Peace in Europe, ' reported as the first message.... The day was fair, the shores of the Piscataqua gleaming with white houses, waving trees, pleasure boats, and all the gay surroundings of human life in harmony with nature. Reaching the islands we followed the troop of people over a plank walk to an over-crowded hotel, and bided our time. After dinner, having seen our fellow-passengers safely reembarked for Portsmouth, we started to explore the island, walking over the bleached rocks, and threading our way through bayberry. Dark clouds rolled up fold over fold from the north, summer's loveliness reigned in the south, and all around the rote of the never silent sea came up from the cliffs which hedged us in. Everywhere, if grass were found, we set our feet on graves; if stones, they were white-bearded like Tithonus. We peeped in clefts and crannies where the sea reached up awful fingers and shook them in the face of the intruder. There was no wind, only a brooding sadness overspread the scene. Something of the dread of the place came over us, a knowledge of the dreariness of winter and the loneliness of life when the busy crowd had been swept away by the breath of autumn. By and by, returning to the hotel, the cheerful look of the place was pleasant--young girls darting to and fro from the bath to their rooms, or walking on the piazza with their elders, or playing croquet, watched by gentlemen on the balcony. We walked to the cottage and lingered in the garden brilliant with marigolds, nasturtiums, coreopsis, and fragrant with mignonette; it was full of wild birds too, besides a parrot..show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236498623
  • 9781236498625