America of Yesterday: As Reflected in the Journal of John Davis Long

America of Yesterday: As Reflected in the Journal of John Davis Long

America of Yesterday: As Reflected in the Journal of John Davis Long

America of Yesterday: As Reflected in the Journal of John Davis Long

Excerpt

John Davis Long kept a journal from February 1848, until August 1915, a period of more than sixty-seven years. In manuscript it fills more than twenty volumes. No doubt there exist American diaries of greater length, both chronologically and materially. Probably there are journals of greater historical significance. There may be records of greater civic usefulness. But I doubt if any public man has left an account of his daily life that surpasses Governor Long's in beauty of spirit. His country knew and applauded his administrative ability. His state knew and appreciated his devotion to her traditions and her welfare. His friends and acquaintances knew his integrity, his generosity, his wit, and his sunny nature. But only his journal knew the beauty of his inner life. As Mr. Long himself wrote, one summer day while he was Governor of Massachusetts, "I suppose people think I think of politics. Ah, how far away in other dreams I float."

For beauty of expression, too, it is remarkable. Governor Long was a lover of poetry, and wrote much verse during his life, but there are occasional passages in his journal that are quite as poetic as any of his stanzas. There is, for instance, this glimpse of July in the country, when he was twenty-one. "Rain in the morning: but the two . . .

Author Advanced search

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.