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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)
ry none was stronger than the inspiring example of his courage so singularly tested. More than ever before or after, it was Sumner's triumphant hour in the Senate. Descriptions of the scene and comments may be found in the Boston Advertiser, July 11; Boston Journal, June 30; Boston Transcript, June 30; New Bedford Mercury, July 1; Springfield Republican, June 30, July 7 and 11; New York Tribune, June 28,29, and 30; New York Evening Post, June 29 and July 5; New York Times, June 30; Wheelingd Ralph Waldo Emerson as members, was appointed. This committee invited a large number of the leading men of the three parties to meet at the American House in Boston July 7; but less than thirty attended. Atlas, July 10; Commonwealth, July 8, 11. Among the Free Soilers at this conference were Samuel Hoar, F. W. Bird, S. C. Phillips, C. F. Adams, Henry Wilson, R. W. Emerson, George F. Hoar, and Marcus Morton, Jr. Less than half-a-dozen Whigs came, and most of these were obstructive. No def
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)
he night, with a violent pain in the back of the head. Wilson's speech, June 13, Congressional Globe, p. 1309, with Dr. H. Lindsly's letter; Giddings's speech, July 11, App. p. 1119; Buffinton's testimony, Globe, p. 1363, Dr. Boyle's, p. 1:64; Dr. Perry's, p. 1364; Dr. Perry's statement in Boston Surgical and Medical Journal, Wo visitors, including Dr. Bailey of the National Era, Mr. Banks the Speaker, Mr. Comins, and Mr. Giddings. Mr. Giddings thus spoke of this interview in a speech July 11: Lying upon his bed, he described to me the singular sensations which occasionally gave him reason to apprehend that the brain was affected; and looking me full ie, Crawford by name, sentenced him to pay a fine of three hundred dollars. Crawford was said to be a Pennsylvania Democrat of the Buchanan type. Boston Atlas, July 11. This paltry fine, without imprisonment, shows the pro-slavery temper of the federal courts in Washington at that day. The National Intelligencer, July 9. co
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
l Fortescue's, where was a large and distinguished company; afterwards to the Russian Ambassador's, where I met Lord and Lady Palmerston and Lord Stanhope. July 9. House of Commons; dinner with Sir Edward Buxton. July 10. Breakfast at Lord Hatherton's; attended debate in the House of Lords on the Jews' bill; heard Lords Granville, Derby, Lyndhurst, Brougham, Dufferin, Argyll, the Bishops of London and Oxford, and the Archbishop of Canterbury; went late to a party at Stafford House. July 11. Invited by the Reform Club as honorary member; already invited also by Traveller's; made calls; dined at Lord Belper's, where I met for the first time Macaulay, so altered I did not know him. July 12. Sunday. Went to Dr. Lushington's, at Ockham Park in Surrey, the old seat of Lord Chancellor King; among the guests there was Lady Trevelyan, a most agreeable sister of Macaulay. July 13. Left Ockham in the afternoon; was driven by Charles Buxton to Esher, where I took the train for Lon
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, chapter 14 (search)
vital completeness! Sumner was greatly concerned at this time by an apparent disposition of the British government to relax its efforts for the suppression of the slave-trade, and wrote many letters to English friends,—to Brougham, the Earl of Carlisle, the Duchess of Argyll, Cobden, Parkes, Senior, Reeve, and others,—urging a maintenance of the existing policy, and a fresh statement of the beneficial effects of emancipation in the West Indies. He wrote to the Duchess of Sutherland, July 11:— I cannot think of the sorrow of your family from recent bereavement without breaking silence to assure you of my true sympathy. I have grieved with you, whose sensitive nature is so easily touched, and I have thought much of the distressed parents, who, I trust, may be enabled to bear their great loss with resignation, and to find happiness in the future. I have not written to you earlier, for in the torment of my life I had not heart to write. My medical treatment has been sever<
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)
e 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 opposite principles and policies, was in the line of his recent speech in the Senate,