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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)
ercial centres of the Eastern States; elsewhere the Republican journals justified the speech as required by the turn which the Southern leaders had given to the discussion. John Wentworth, of Chicago, treated it in his journal as the embodiment of Republicanism. A reception awaited the speech in England similar to that which it had met here. The London Times, already strongly pro-slavery, condemned it; while antislavery journals, as the Daily News, the Morning Star, and the Morning Advertiser, as fully approved. The Duke and Duchess of Argyll approved it, the former not thinking it a bit too strong. The duchess reported Tennyson as warmly approving it, and saying, I thought the most eloquent thing in the speech was the unspoken thing,—the silence about his own story. Punch gave it a hearty assent, and Miss Martineau in public letters expressed her cordial sympathy with its scope and spirit. Miss Martineau's letters appeared in the New York Antislavery Standard. As t