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The Perfection of Human Society 199 by a sermon in Westminster Abbey. Mme. de Castiglione and Garibaldi covered, between them, too much space for simple measurement; their curves were too complex for mere arithme tic. The task of bringing the two into any common relation with an ordered social system tending to orderly developmentin London or elsewhere was well fitted for Algernon Swinburne or Victor Hugo, but was beyond any process yet reached by the education of Henry Adams, who would probably, even then, have rejected, as superficial or supernatural, all the views taken by any of the company who looked on with him at these two interesting and perplexing sights. From the Court, or Court society, a mere private secretary got nothing at all, or next to nothing, that could help him on his road through life. Royalty was in abeyance. One was tempted to think in these years, 1860-65, that the nicest distinction between the very best society and the second-best, was their attitude to- wards royalty. The one regarded royalty as a bore, and avoided it, or quietly said that the Queen had never been in society. The same thing might have been said of fully half the peerage. Adams never knew even the names of half the rest; he never exchanged ten words with any member of the royal family; he never knew any one in those years who showed …
A NEW ENGLAND SCHOOLMASTER pany who used to gather in the schoolmasters home. Mrs. Adams comes back to me, she writes, as the type of a perfect and rounded motherhood. I remember her as a large woman with a full, frank face and light hair, through which ran soft threads of gray. A child friend on one knee and I on the other, her broad lap seemed to us the most cheerful resting-place in all the world. If we hurt ourselves, we tumbled incontinently into her nursery and cried it out in her loving arms. If we were overflowing with fun and joy, we took her by storm, pulled her down among our rag babies and block houses, fed her with our mud pies, and grew old and wise and good as she kissed and*petted us. I can never remember that she told us we were sinners or prayed with us; but she gave us big red apples, the biggest and reddest that ever grew out of Eden, and she would tell us, as she watched us greedily devour them, how much nicer it was to be good and have such nice things than to be naughty and for that shut up in some dark closet. She loved flowers and her little garden J7 I
xlvi Memorial Address Three Episodes of Massachusetts History, already mentioned; Massachusetts; Its Historians and History, in 1893; a memoir, all too brief, of his father, in 1900; a volume of Studies: Mili- tary and Diplomatic, in 1911, and in 1913, in book form, the lectures delivered at Oxford and later at Johns Hopkins Uni- versity entitled Transatlantic Historical Solidarity. This last volume represented part of the study he was making with his usual thoroughness and industry of the diplomatic history of our Civil War. He had gathered an immense mass of orig- inal material for this purpose and was constantly accumu- lating more, upon which he was occupied at the tme of his death. In addition to all this original production, with its wide historical research, he found time to edit for the Prince So- ciety in 1883, during the railroad period, Thomas Mortons New English Canaan, in 1894 the Winthrop-Weld tract an Antinomianism in New England, and later gave much assist- ance in the preparation of the Historical Societys monu- mental edition of Bradfords History of Plymouth Plantation, which appeared in 1912. This edition of Bradford, suggested by Mr. Adams in 1898, was but one of many things that he did for the Society which filled a large place in his life for twenty years. He was chosen a vice-president in 1890 when he …
James Allen Adams is a member of the Adams Family.