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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 36: first session in Congress.—welcome to Kossuth.—public lands in the West.—the Fugitive Slave Law.—1851-1852. (search)
e serious charge of obstructing the public business; but he was not to be deterred by this consideration, and he intended to insist at all hazards on his right to be heard. Meanwhile the Compromise journals in Massachusetts were charging that his attempt in July was only a feint, and that he expected and desired the refusal which was made; Boston Post, July 30. on the other hand, his friends were alarmed lest he should lose the chance of being heard. Two long letters, dated August 3 and 4, came from Henry Wilson and Theodore Parker, who had noted his failure to get the floor,—telling him how disastrous to the cause and to himself would be his failure to speak; and while expressing their own absolute confidence in his fidelity, they plainly described the prevailing distrust and alarm among the antislavery people. Sumner wrote to Howe, August 11, concerning Theodore Parker's urgency about his speaking:— Parker is too impatient. If by chance or ignorance of the currents
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 37: the national election of 1852.—the Massachusetts constitutional convention.—final defeat of the coalition.— 1852-1853. (search)
is wife. Where are you now? I imagine you on the Alban heights, in some spacious apartments, enjoying fresh breezes, and the beautiful lake, with books and pencil, with pleasant friends, perhaps under the same roof, and with that simple delectable Orvieto for a sherbet. Tell me of Rome, of yourself, wife, and children; of art, and particularly the statue of your father. Give my love to your wife, and kisses to the children. To Theodore Parker, An answer to Mr. Parker's letter of August 4, inquiring as to the comparative merits of the two chief-justices of Massachusetts. August 6:— With the exception of a meagre address, which is preserved in the Jurist of twenty years ago, Shaw's productions are his judgments, in the Reports of Pickering, Metcalf, and Cushing,—a goodly number,—and all having a uniform stamp. He is always verbose, but instructive, and deals with his cases strongly. I do not agree with Mann in his admiration of his powers; nor do I agree with the late<
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)
Whenever in any speech or article I have noticed regrets for the language I deemed it my duty to use, I invariably discarded what followed as being the forced offering of the hour and not of the heart. Please let Mr. Garrison know that I was much touched by his resolution and speech. Without any sensible improvement he left the seaside, August 3, for a change of air, and became the guest and patient of Dr. R. M. Jackson at Cresson, in the Allegheny Mountains. New York Evening Post, August 4 and 16. Works, vol. IV. pp. 329, 338, 339, 340, where the reports of Drs. Wister and Jackson are found. Wilson, after conferring with Seward and other Republican senators, advised him not to return to Washington during the session, which lasted till the middle of August. At the mountains the former symptoms clung to him, weakness generally, pallor of countenance, a tottering gait, wakeful nights, a sense of weight on the brain, and a dull throbbing pain in the head, indications of comi
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
appointment visited Lambeth, where I was shown over the palace by Rev. Mr. Thomas, the son-in-law of the Archbishop; attended House of Commons, where I heard Lord John Russell on the Jews again; dined with Mr. Adolphus, Adolphus and Ellis, the reporters, were each old friends of Sumner. Ante, vol. 1. p. 343; vol. II. pp. 64, 65, 373. and met there Mr. Macaulay, also Mr. Ellis; after dinner also Mr. Paull, Henry Paull. now member for St. Ives, who remembered meeting me at Berlin. August 4. Lunched at Argyll Lodge; called on Lady Morgan; Sumner made her acquaintance in 1838. Ante, vol. II. pp. 21, 46. went to House of Commons; dined at Senior's en famille. August 5. Mr. Parkes breakfasted with me; at ten o'clock left London; took the train to Godalming, where I got upon the outside of the stage-coach for twenty-four miles on my way to Mr. Cobden's at Midhurst, passing the great estates of Petworth, now in the hands of Colonel Wyndham. Mr. Cobden was waiting for me at
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, chapter 14 (search)
ondon friends. I fund Lady Cranworth much pleased with it. Lord Stanhope finds his old friend W. Irving's Life of Washington very poor,— entirely unworthy of the subject and of the author. The Life of John Adams he recognizes as a very different work, and of positive merit. I hear of Seward's visit, but have not yet seen him. Since I have been in London he has been in the Provinces, where he went partly to escape the 4th of July dinner. Is he to be our candidate? To Theodore Parker, August 4:— Meanwhile, what sudden changes in the attitude of European States! The peace of Villafranca is as treacherous and clever as its author, for I feel disposed at least to concede to him cleverness. But as time passes it promises to be more and more advantageous to Italy. Several things seem accomplished,—(1) Lonmbardy rescued from Austria; (2) The duchies (Parma, Modena, and Tuscany) all taken from their old governments, and probably from the influence of Austria; (3) The idea of I