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ess, often with the assertion of special merit and hardship and an appeal to good nature rather than to sober judgment.
Sumner, treating the question, as was his habit, under the light of history and international law, insisted that such petitions should be entertained with caution, and only upon some well-defined principle,—maintaining, with a citation of the authorities, that under the rules of public law the appeal could be made, not to any legal right, but only to favor and charity.
Jan. 12 and 15, 1869 (Works, vol.
XIII. pp. 10-31). He spoke briefly on the same question July 14, 1870 (Congressional Globe, pp. 5552, 5564, 5566), and April 8, 1872 (Globe, p. 2252).
There was a spirited debate in the Senate on the question whether Massachusetts, having already in 1859 received the principal, was entitled to the interest on her advances to the United States in 1812 in the war with Great Britain.
The claim was historically connected with Governor Strong's refusal to comply w