The Brothers Harper—Birth and parentage of James Harper—The Long Island home—James Harper goes to New York—Becomes a “devil”—Winning his way—How he gave his card to a stranger—Arrival of “Brother John”—–Good habits—Sets up for himself—“J. & J. Harper, Printers”—How they started in business—Integrity rewarded—First job—Their first effort at stereotyping—The Harpers become publishers on their own account—Their early ventures—Feeling their way to success—Their publications—Character of their books—How they drove the “yellow covers” out of the market—Their prosperity—Admission of new partners—The great fire—Destruction of the establishment of Harper & Brothers—Energy of the firm—Re-establishment of their business—Their new premises—Description of the buildings—Personal characteristics of Mr. James Harper—Religious life—Liberality of sentiment—His industry—Elected Mayor of New York—Kindness to his operatives—Physical Vigor—“The Lord knows best”—Accident to Mr. Harper and his daughter—His death.
James T. Fields.
The old “Corner Book-store” in Boston and its associations—Carter & Bendee employ a new clerk—Birth and early life of James T. Fields—His literary talent—Governor Woodbury’s advice—Enters mercantile life—Determined to rise—His studies—The result—Associated with Edward Everett at the age of eighteen—His business talent—Steady promotion—Becomes head clerk with Allen & Ticknor—Establishment of the firm of Ticknor & Fields—Success as a publisher—High character of his house—Relations toward authors—Publications of Ticknor & Fields—Removal—Organization of the firm of Fields, Osgood & Co.—The new book-store—An elegant establishment—Mr. Field’s literary success—Statement of a friend—“Common Sense”—His contributions to the periodicals of the firm—Travels in Europe—Personal appearance.
James Gordon Bennett.