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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 40: outrages in Kansas.—speech on Kansas.—the Brooks assault.—1855-1856. (search)
protests came against any such movement. John A. Andrew wrote, December 18: I hope that nothing will induce you to resign the senatorship, even for a week. Sit in your seat if you can. If you can't, let it be vacant; that is my idea about the case. Sumner went to Washington very late in the session, which was to end March 4, 1857. He passed the night in Philadelphia with the family of Mr. Furness, and arrived in Washington Wednesday evening, February 25. New York Tribune, February 27, March 5. He was the next day at two o'clock in the afternoon in his seat, which had been vacant since May 22. He was greeted warmly by the Republican senators; but the Democratic senators were observed to pass him without recognition. Finding himself too weak to remain in his scat, he returned shortly to his lodgings, leaving directions to be called for any vote on the tariff bill. He came again at nine in the evening, and remained at the Capitol till two in the morning, voting several times
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
ed along. March 26. Wrote letters home; visited the Invalides, and saw the new tomb of Napoleon; then visited Mr. William B. Greene and his most intelligent wife, living off beyond the Luxembourg; saw something of that quarter; then dined with Elliot C. Cowdin, a merchant here, once connected with the mercantile Library Association [of Boston],—the first time I have met company at dinner for ten months; then to the Italian opera, where I heard the last part of II Barbiere di Siviglia. March 27. Enjoyed a drive with Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Waterston, who took me to various places, among others Notre Dame and St. Étienne du Mont, and afterwards for hours in the Bois de Boulogne, which was new to me, and as beautiful as new. Dined with Appleton, and then with him and Miss Hensler Afterwards Countess of Edla, and wife of Ferdinand, titular king of Portugal. (our Boston singer), to the Opera Lyrique, where I heard Oberon. March 28. Plunged into the abyss of the Louvre galleries; dine
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 43: return to the Senate.—the barbarism of slavery.—Popular welcomes.—Lincoln's election.—1859-1860. (search)
any man the convention at Chicago choose to nominate. You know that I always keep aloof from personal questions. I see no reason now to abandon my old rule. I have absolute faith in your devotion to the cause, and do not doubt your firmness. These may be needed. Could I talk with you I should review the field with some detail. I have had much pleasure in seeing Chase here. He has noble faculties nobly dedicated. God bless you! In a letter to V. Fell, Bloomington, 111., he wrote, March 27: Among Republicans 1 hope no man will be accepted who is not emphatically, heart and soul, life and conversation, a representative man. Such a man must have been an old and constant servant of the cause. Just before the convention met, Seward went home to Auburn, confident of his nomination and election. Sumner accompanied him as he left the Senate chamber, Wilson's Rise and Fall of the Slave Power, vol. II. p. 695. and wrote to him, after the result at Chicago, a letter of