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Life of William Hickling Prescott

Author: George Ticknor
Publisher: Philadelphia : Lippincott, 1863.
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Ticknor, George, 1791-1871.
Life of William Hickling Prescott.
Philadelphia : Lippincott, 1863
(OCoLC)656742457
Named Person: William Hickling Prescott; Prescott family.; Prescott family.; William Hickling Prescott; Prescott family.; William Hickling Prescott
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Ticknor
OCLC Number: 2845437
Notes: Spine title: Life of Prescott.
Description: xii, 458 pages, [7] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: 1 : Birth and parentage ; Early training ; Removal to Boston ; Dr. Gardiner's school ; Life at home ; Love of books ; Studies ; Early friendship ; Amusements ; Enters college --
2 : College life ; Good resolutions ; Injury to his sight ; Immediate effects ; State of his eye ; Relations with the person who inflicted the injury ; Studies subsequent to the injury ; Mathematics ; Latin and Greek ; Phi beta kappa society ; Graduated ; Studies ; Sever inflammation of the eye ; His character under trial ; Anxiety about his health ; Is to visit Europe --
3 : Visit to St. Michael's ; His life there ; Suffering in his eye ; His letters to his father and mother ; To his sister ; To W.H. Gardiner --
4 : Leaves ST. Michael's ; Arrives in London ; Privations there ; Pleasure ' Goes to Paris ; Goes to Italy ; Returns to Paris ; Illness there ; Goes again to London ; Travels little in England ; Determines to return home ; Letter to W.H. Gardiner --
5 : Return from England ; Rheumatism ; First literary adventure ; Decides not to be a lawyer ; Falls in love ; Marries ; Continues to live with his father ; Swords of his grandfather and of the grandfather of his wife ; His personal appearance ; Club of friends ; The "club room" ; Determines to became a man of letters ; Obstacles in his way ; Efforts to overcome them ; English studies ; French ; Italian ; Opinion of Petrarch and of Dante ; Further studies proposed ; Despairs of learning German --
6 : He studies Spanish instead of German ; First attempts not earnest ; Mably's "etude de l'histoire" ; Thinks of writing history ; Different subjects suggested ; Ferdinand and Isabella ; Doubts long ; Writes to Mr. A.H. Everett ; Delay from suffering in the eye ; Orders books from Spain ; Plan of study ; Hesitates from the condition of his sight ; Determines to go on ; His reader, Mrs. English ; Process of work ; Estimates and plans --
7 : Death of daughter ; Inquires into the truth of the Christian religion ; Results ; Examines the history of the Spanish Arabs ; Reviews Irving's "Granada" ; Studies for his work on Ferdinand and Isabella ; Begins to write it ; Regard for Mably and Clemencin ; Progress of his work ; At Pepperell ; At Nahant ; Finishes the "history of Ferdinand and Isabella" --
8 : Doubts about publishing the "history of Ferdinand and Isabella" ; Four copies printed as it was written ; Opinions of friends ; The author's own opinion of his work ; Publishes it ; His letters about it ; Its success ; Its publication in London ; Reviews of it in the Unites States and in Europe --
9 : The author's feeling on the success of "Ferdinand and Isabella" ; Illness of his mother, and her recovery ; Opinions in Europe concerning his history --
10 : Mr. Prescott's character at this period ; Effect of his infirmity of sight in forming it ; Noctograph ; Distribution of his day ; Contrivances for regulating the light in his room ; Premature decay of sight ; Exact system of exercise and life generally ; Firm will in carrying out --
11 : Mr. Prescott's social character ; Remarks on it by Mr. Gardiner and Mr. Parson --
12 : Mr. Prescott's industry and general character based on principle and on self-sacrifice ; Temptations ; Expedients to overcome them ; Experiments ; Notes of what is read to him ; Composes without writing ; Sever discipline of his moral and religious character ; Dislikes to have his habits interfered with ; Never shows constraint ; Freedom of manner in his family and in society ; His influence on others ; His charity to the poor ; Instance of it --
13 : Period immediately after the publication of "Ferdinand and Isabella" ; Thinks of writing a life of Moliere; but prefers Spanish subjects ; Reviews ; Inquires again into the truth of Christianity ; "Conquest of Mexico" ; Books and manuscripts obtained for it ; Humboldt ; Indolence ; Correspondence with Washington Irving --
14 : His correspondence becomes important ; Letter to Irving ; Letters from Sismondi, Thiery, Tytler, and Rogers ; Letter to Garangos ; Memoranda ; Letters to Gayangos, and others ; Letters from Ford and Tytler --
15 : Materials for the "conquest of Mexico" ; Imperfect industry ; Improved state of the eye ; Begins to write ; Difficulties ; Thoroughness ; Interruptions ; Lord Morpeth ; Visits to New York and Lebanon Springs ; "Conquest of Mexico" finished ; Sale of right to publish ; Illness of his father ; Partial recovery ; "Conquest of Mexico" published ; Its success ; Reviews of it ; Letters to Mr. Lyel and Don Pascual de Gayangos ; From Mr. Gallatin ; To Lord Morpeth and to Gayangos ; From Mr. Hallam and Mr. Everett ; Memoranda ; Letter from Lord Morpeth ; Letters to Dean Milman and Mr. J.C. Hamilton ; Letters from Mr. Tytler and Dean Milman --
16 : Mr. Prescott's style ; Determines to have one of his own ; How he obtained it ; Discussions in reviews about it ; Mr. Ford ; Writes more and more frequently ; Natualness ; His style made attractive by causes connected with his infirmity of sight ; Its final character --
17 : Sits for his portrait and bust ; Visit to New York ; Miscellaneous reading ; Materials for the "conquest of Peru" ; Begins to write ; Death of his father ; Its effect on him ; Resumes work ; Letter from Humboldt ; Election into the French institute, and into the royal society of Berlin --
18 : Publication of a volume of miscellanies ; Italian literature ; Controversy with Daponte ; Charles Brockden Brown ; Blind asylum ; Moliere ; Cervantes ; Scott ; Irving ; Bancroft ; Madame Calderon ; History of Spanish literature ; Opinosis of review-writing --
19 : His domestic relations ; "Conquest of Peru" ; Pepperell ; Letters ; Removal in Boston ; Difficulties ; Fiftieth birthday ; Publishes the "conquest of Peru" ; Doubts Pepperell ; Letters from Miss Edgeworth --
20 : Mr. Motley ; Hesitation about beginning the history of Philip the second ; State of his sight bad ; Preparation ; Doubts about taking the whole subject ; Memoir of Pickering ; Early intimations of a life of Philip the second ; Collection of materials for it ; Difficulty of getting them ; Greatly assisted by Don Pascuak de Garayangos ; Materials at last ample ; Prints for his own use a portion of Ranke's Spanish empire --
21 : General Scott's conquest of Mexico ; Summer at Pepperell ; Difficulties and doubts about "Philip the second" ; Memoirs of regular history ; Anxiety about his hearing ; Journey for health ; Not sufficient ; Project for visiting England ; Resolves to go ; Voyage and arrival --
22 : Leaves London ; Letters to friends in England ; Begins to work again ; Pepperell ; "Philip the second" : Correspondence --
23 : Political opinions ; Correspondence with Mr. Bancroft, Mr. Everett, and Mr. Sumner ; Conversation on political subjects --
24 : Death of Mr. Prescott's Mother ; Progress with "Philip the second" ; Correspondence --
25 : Rheumatism at Nahant ; Boston homes successively occupied by Mr. Prescott in Tremont street, summer street, Bedford street, and beacon street ; Patriarchal mode of life at Pepperell ; Life at Nahant and at Lynn --
26 : First summer at Lynn ; Work on "Philip the second" ; Memoranda about it ; Prints the first two volumes ; Their success ; Addition to Robertson's "Charles the fifth" ; Memoir of Abbot Lawrence ; Goes on with "Philip the second" ; Illness ; Dinner at Mr. Gardiner's ; Correspondence --
27 : First attack of apoplexy ; Yields readily ; Clearness of mind ; Composure ; Infirmities ; Gradual improvement ; Occupations ; Prints the third volume of "Philip the second" ; Summer at Lynn and Pepperell ; Notes to the "conquest of Mexico" ; Return to Boston ; Desire for active literary labor ; Ague ; Correspondence --
28 : Anxiety to return to serious work ; Pleasant forenoon ; Sudden attack of apoplexy ; Death ; His wishes respecting his remains ; Funeral ; Expressions of sorrow on both sides of the Atlantic.
Other Titles: Life of Prescott
Responsibility: by George Ticknor.

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