, 2579. In later sessions he sought reductions in the internal taxes, and particularly the repeal of the income tax,
March 17, 1868, Congressional Globe, p. 1918; April 7, 1870.
XIII. pp. 370-374. June 22 and July 1, 5, 1870, Globe, pp. 4709, 5095, 5100, 5236. and in that of 1871-1872 proposed the entire abolition of the system, which in his view had then come to be a political machine.
Dec. 11, 1871, March 21, 26, and June 4, 1872, Congressional Globe, pp. 45, 1856, 1857, 1977, 4216.
This session was the most remarkable of all the sessions of the Congress of the United States.
To various miscellaneous matters not mentioned elsewhere, Sumner gave attention during the session,—speaking in favor of a bill restoring without salvage property to loyal owners which had been captured by the rebels and afterwards recaptured, and giving his opinion against the policy of prize-money in any case (June 30, 1862, Works, vol.
VII. pp. 148, 149); in favor of creating the r
90); the limitation of a day's labor to eight hours in national work-shops,—a measure not favored by him at first, but which he thought should now have a fair trial,—Dec. 12,14, 1871, and April 26, 1872 (Globe, pp. 69, 70, 124, 2804-2806; Works, vol.
XV. p. 79); and the discontinuance of the internal revenue bureau, with the tribe of officeholders which it imposed on the country,—introducing a bill for the purpose, Dec. 11, 1871, March 21, 26, and June 4, 1872 (Globe, pp. 45, 46, 1856, 1857, 1977, 4217). This effort was approved by the New York Herald, Dec. 11, 1871, and the New York World, December 12.
He pushed his measure at his two remaining sessions.
Dec. 12, 1872 (Globe, pp. 144, 145), Dec. 17, 1873, Jan. 6, 1874 (Globe, pp. 249, 390). He wrote at this time, at the request of the publishers and the author, an introduction to an edition of Nasby's letters, April 1, 1872; Works, vol.
XV. pp. 65-67.
Sumner made at this session an earnest and determined effort to carry his ci<