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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 23: return to his profession.—1840-41.—Age, 29-30. (search)
s devoted himself so much in this way. Still, for high pay, it may be worthy of consideration. . . . What do you think of Legareas articles? They are blunt and heavy and without grace, but are full, learned, and able, with an extravagance of view that is not unnatural in a solitary student like him. Peters is here now. I have seen him at Nahant, where I was passing a few days. He seems as fresh as ever. We expect to be invaded by fifty thousand Whigs, who will repair to Bunker Hill, Sept. 10. Then there is the Fair for the monument, which occupies all the women. Pardon this letter, so short and jejune and unlike your rich, juicy productions. To Lieber again, Sept. 23:— I write you from my office, where I install myself at nine o'clock, and sit often without quitting my chair till two; then take the chair again at half-past 3, which I hold till night. Never at any time since I have been at the bar have I been more punctual and faithful. Pocket that, ye croakers, who
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)
e has a deeper reverence for your character and virtues. Believe me, as ever, most truly and affectionately. The above letter was the parting benediction of one who had cherished an affection for Sumner like that of a father for his son. It is the one of latest date included in the Judge's biography, and is the last one of any interest which he wrote. He was at the time anticipating busy years of authorship and instruction in the Law School; but his life ended after a rapid illness on Sept. 10, at the age of sixty-six. President Quincy, who had read Judge Story's letter, wrote frankly, Nov. 21:— The views of Judge Story are coincident with mine; and from the length and breadth of your doctrine as to war I am compelled to dissent not less than he. I regard such ultra theories on that subject with complacency, and with no disposition to contest or to treat them with levity. They seem to be, as I said to you in conversation, anchors cast to the windward against the innate