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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 33: the national election of 1848.—the Free Soil Party.— 1848-1849. (search)
. The call already prepared was at once issued, with a list of signers, in which Adams's name stood first and Sumner's second. It invited the citizens of Massachusetts who were opposed to the nomination of Cass and Taylor to meet at Worcester, June 28, to take such steps as the occasion shall demand—in support of the principles to which they are pledged, and to co-operate with the other free States in a convention for this purpose. Sumner took an active part in obtaining the speakers, Amofected among the free States. The effect of a regular nomination is potential. It is difficult to oppose it; but it will be opposed in Ohio, and there are symptoms now of rebellion in New York. In Massachusetts we have called a convention for June 28 to organize opposition. Meanwhile the Barnburners are shaking New York to its centre. We hope to establish an alliance among the disaffected of both parties throughout tile free States. Again, July 4— We of the Whigs in Massachusett
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 38: repeal of the Missouri Compromise.—reply to Butler and Mason.—the Republican Party.—address on Granville Sharp.—friendly correspondence.—1853-1854. (search)
before and the other behind him, His friendly relations with Butler appear in the debates on the Nebraska bill, February 24 and 25 and May 25, 1854. though of late a growing reserve between him and them had been noticed. New York Tribune, June 28. He had been scrupulous in observing the rules of decorum, and had given no occasion for a personal grievance, confining himself in the treatment of the slavery as well as other questions to a discussion of measures and policies, even in his mainished, and without replying to his argument, commented offensively upon his rhetoric,—vapid rhetoric, as he called it,—and commended the calmness, gravity, and dignity of the other honorable gentleman from Massachusetts. Later in the debate (June 28) Mallory of Florida made a similar contrast between the two senators from Massachusetts. This mode of meeting Sumner's arguments was not a new one. A similar contrast between him and Everett was drawn in the debate on the Nebraska bill, and be
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
breakfasted in the morning with the Duke of Argyll, where I met Lord Aberdeen; dined with Lord Granville, where I met Lord Clarendon and enjoyed him much, for he seemed a good man; then to a great party at Lansdowne House. June 27. Went down the Thames to the Tower; saw its curiosities; stopped at the Herald College and St. Paul's; lunched at the Mitre in the seat of Dr. Johnson; dined at Mr. Senior's, where were Lord and Lady Monteagle, Mr. and Mrs. Reeve, M. Merimiee, M. de Lesseps. June 28. Went for morning service to the old Temple Church; called on Mr. Grote; sat some time with Mr. Parkes; dined at Sir Henry Holland's. June 29. Breakfast with Roebuck; Parliament, where in Commons I heard Disraeli,—in Lords, Ellenborongh, Derby, etc., in brief speeches; dined at the club, and went for a short time to see the scenic representation of Richard II. at the Princess's theatre. June 30. Breakfast at Lansdowne House, where I sat next to Lord John Russell and conversed much wi
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)
fastness or wisdom, but the madness of the South, which saved the country from the calamity of an antislavery triumph being converted into a new surrender to the slave-power. Immediately after his speech Sumner accepted the invitation of the Young Men's Republican Union of the city of New York, given some months before, to deliver an address at Cooper Institute. He had withheld an answer until he should have tested his strength in the Senate. He lingered after the close of the session (June 28) a few days at Washington, and on his way homeward delivered the address July 11, taking for his topic The Origin, Necessity, and Permanence of the Republican Party. Works, vol. v. pp. 191-229. His last previous appearance before a popular audience was in 1855, when he spoke on a kindred topic, The Necessity, Practicability, and Dignity of the Antislavery Enterprise. The address, opening with a contrast between John C. Calhoun and John Quincy Adams as historical representatives of oppos