Art in Cincinnati--Journalism--A Spiritualist Apostle--Theodore Parker --A Conflict among Unitarian Alumni--Letter from Martineau-- The Raid of John Brown--My Condemnation of the Crime, and my Retreat--The "Infidels"--The "Tom Paine" Mythology-- Sermon on Paine--Secession from my Church--The Monthly Dial --W. D. Howells--My Tale of Excalibur--Frothingham's Articles --Letter of Emerson, and his Contributions to my Dial-- Notable Papers--The Welcome to Hawthorne.
IN later years Cincinnati became celebrated for its art collections. There was an English artist there, Henry Worrall, a man of fine wit, around whom we formed a little "U & I" society. Our artists brought to its weekly evenings quaint sketches and the rest of us literary fancies. I contributed a half-humorous, half-philosophical series, "Dr. Einbohrer and his Pupils," which I have at times thought of printing on account of the pen-and- ink illustrations inserted by Worrall.
There is in the Catholic cathedral at Cincinnati a large picture by Haydon, the subject being the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem seated on an ass. I was told that the picture had reached an American port in a slightly damaged condition, and the importer parted with it at a reduced price. The figures in it, however, were in good condition, and I found some symbolism in it. Among those surrounding Jesus the artist painted a devout disciple with the face of Wordsworth, and a scoffing Sadducee with the face of Voltaire. Voltaire has his chin too high in the air to see Jesus exactly, and Wordsworth bends so low that his worship seems rather to the ass than to the man on it. At that time I retained some ignorant prejudices against Voltaire, and identified Wordsworth with "The Lost Leader" of Browningmore literally than was just. Haydon's picture gave me the theme of a sermon, which when reported pleased the Catholics by exciting interest in their picture; but it dis
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Publication information: Book title: Autobiography:Memories and Experiences of Moncure Daniel Conway. Volume: 2. Contributors: Moncure Daniel Conway - Author. Publisher: Cassell and Company, Limited. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1904. Page number: 259.
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