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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 43: return to the Senate.—the barbarism of slavery.—Popular welcomes.—Lincoln's election.—1859-1860. (search)
r the result at Chicago, a letter of sympathy, to which Seward replied in language showing how deeply he felt his disappointment. C. F. Adams replied to the writer's request for his opinion as to the candidate, stating that he preferred another nomination than that of Seward, who was his first choice, if the latter was found after conference not likely to carry the doubtful Northern States. This letter should be compared with some passages of its author's eulogy on Seward at Albany in April, 1873. See Von Holst, vol. VII. p. 163. To his own household he confessed his deposition as a leader, in the hour of organization for decisive battle, to be a humiliation. Seward's Life, vol. II. p. 454. A few days after the convention he returned to Washington. Just after the writer's return from Chicago, he dined at Adams's in company with Seward and Sumner, and at Seward's in company with Sumner. The dinner at Adams's is noted in Seward's Life, vol. II. p. 456. His loss of the nom