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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)
reading and study of a width which few have traversed, whatever is apposite to it. So interesting is the manner in which he treats his great theme, that no one who begins this oration can fail to read it to the end. The mind is at once exhilarated by the splendor of the style, the boldness of the sentiments, and the variety of the illustrations, and oppressed by the load of arguments and evidences by which he maintains his positions. Of the magazines, the Christian Review (Baptist), Dec. 1845, Vol. X. pp. 629-631. The article states that the Mayor was reported to have said at the conclusion of the oration: I would rather be the author of that performance than of all the Fourth of July orations I ever heard or read. and the Christian Examiner (Unitarian), Nov. 1845, Vol. XXXIX. pp. 407-417,—by Professor Felton. praised without stint the oration,—its eloquence, noble morality, vigor of argument, and richness of illustration, and warmly commended it to public attention. The