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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 30: addresses before colleges and lyceums.—active interest in reforms.—friendships.—personal life.—1845-1850. (search)
the evening bell gave warning that the gate was to be closed. Death had set its seal on a friendship in which neither had aught to regret or forgive. The same evening, as he returned from the cemetery, Sumner began his Tribute of Friendship to Judge Story, which he gave to the printer three days later. Works, vol. i. pp. 133-148. Boston Advertiser, Sept. 16.1845. Law Reporter, October, 1845, vol. VIII. pp. 246-254. The tribute was extensively republished in Europe. Law Reporter, December, 1845, vol. VIII. p. 382. Sumner was accustomed to call, after the Judge's death, on Mrs. Story, who removed to a house in Rowe Place, Boston. It is a noble commemoration of Story as judge, author, and teacher, tender in tone and fully appreciative of his character and labors. It was perhaps well that death should sever the relation at this point of time; for Judge Story, with his conservative temperament and associations, could not be expected to take kindly to the career now opening before