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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 35: Massachusetts and the compromise.—Sumner chosen senator.—1850-1851. (search)
nd from the letter; and Adams immediately caused it (Jan. 9, 1851) to be printed in the Commonwealth with those words restored, justifying the reference to personal character in cases where there is no dispute, and where the public injury done by force of evil example is esteemed of the most dangerous description. These were not passionate outbursts, but the sober judgments of men who weighed their words, and held themselves responsible there for. Webster's retirement from the Senate in July, 1850, and the appointment of Winthrop by the governor of Massachusetts to fill the vacancy, substituted Winthrop for Webster as the Whig candidate for senator; but with the people, at least with the Free Soilers, the approval or disapproval of Webster still remained the issue of the State election. Winthrop's course in Congress differed somewhat from Webster's, and yet they continued in general accord politically. Winthrop's speech in the House may 8, in which he rejected the Wilmot Proviso a