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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 28: the city Oration,—the true grandeur of nations.—an argument against war.—July 4, 1845.—Age 34. (search)
r, wrote from Lowell, Sept. 8, stating his conviction that the doctrines of the oration were not adapted to human nature; but saying: As a literary composition, I read it with unqualified satisfaction. I see the old style, the old hand and mind. But it is ripened, condensed, filled up with flowers and fruit, ripe scholarship grafted on a thoughtful mind. Many of its passages rise into eloquence of high order. Mr. Prescott wrote Life of W. H. Prescott, pp. 352, 353. from Pepperell, Aug. 15:— Thank you for your Discourse, which I have read—notes and all— with great pleasure and great instruction. You have amassed a heap of valuable and often recondite illustrations in support of a noble cause. And who can refuse sympathy with the spirit of philanthropy which has given rise to such a charming ideal?—but a little too unqualified. There can be no war that is not dishonorable. I can't go along with this. No! by all those who fell at Marathon; by those who fought a