George Ticknor: Letters to Pascual de Gayangos from the Originals in the Collection of the Hispanic So1iety of America

George Ticknor: Letters to Pascual de Gayangos from the Originals in the Collection of the Hispanic So1iety of America

George Ticknor: Letters to Pascual de Gayangos from the Originals in the Collection of the Hispanic So1iety of America

George Ticknor: Letters to Pascual de Gayangos from the Originals in the Collection of the Hispanic So1iety of America

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George Ticknor, Esquire, of 9, Park Street, Boston, was the first of the group of Americans, which included Irving, Prescott, and Longfellow, to turn his attention to Spain and with the History of Spanish literature to give, as one of their critics has said, "Spanish letters a work almost learned enough to put us to shame"(1).

Born at Boston on the first of August 1791, the only child of the marriage of Elisha Ticknor and Elizabeth (Billings) Curtis, George Ticknor enjoyed throughout his life the pleasant social intercourse, culture, and material comfort of his early days. Boston clung to many of the habits of a smaller town; wealth and poverty were equally distant from many homes besides the Ticknors', and children, early trained to obedience, were taught to reyspect industry and education. Considering, more or less, their responsibility to the family and to the state, they turned on reaching manhood to the professions as offering the highest rewards to bequeath to their children and their children's children. Therefore, this son, after graduating from Dartmouth College and spending three additional years in study with the Reverend John Sylvester John Gardiner, Rector of Trinity Church, entered a law office with as little consideration as to his suitability for the law, as Longfellow turned to teaching, Everett to the ministry, Cogswell, Prescott, and Irving to the law. The result was that, after a short, time, he, also, ( Longfellow alone remainingi steadfast) became convinced that his choice of profession was little to his liking. Determining to continue his education for four or five years, by study and travel in Europe, he set himself about making his preparations.

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