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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 8: early professional life.—September, 1834, to December, 1837.—Age, 23-26. (search)
s sisters, who afterwards became Mrs. J. Lothrop Motley and Mrs. Stackpole. Hillard's kind words had opened the doors of some of these houses to Sumner. Oliver Wendell Holmes, then a young physician, visited most if not all of these families. There was no want of good talking at a dinner or supper where Hillard, Benjamin, Holmes, and Sumner were gathered. Sumner was accustomed to call at William Sullivan's and Judge William Prescott's, both friends of his father; at Jeremiah Mason's, Samuel Austin's, and Mrs. James Perkins's. He frequented the rooms of Mr. Alvord, his former teacher at Cambridge, who passed the winter of 1837 in Boston when serving as a member of the Legislature from Greenfield. Mr. Alvord was the chief promoter of the Personal Replevin statute, intended for the protection of persons claimed as fugitive slaves, and wrote an able report in its behalf Leg. Doe., House, 1837, No. 51. The latter used to say of him and Wendell Phillips, whom he called his boys, t
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 23: return to his profession.—1840-41.—Age, 29-30. (search)
people, unless they really knew him from first to last, understood his character, or did any justice to qualities many supposed did not exist. His sweeter and gentler nature never had full development; but it was there, and those who loved him knew it. His almost childlike simplicity and incapability of understanding irony were incomprehensible to people in general. A lady who knew him intimately at this period writes:— Sumner was always a welcome guest with us,—my brother, Mr. Samuel Austin, having great interest in his conversation, great sympathy with his opinions, and great respect for his consistency and rectitude of character. Years after, when under a social ban, as it were, I remember his saying that only two doors in Boston had always stood open to him,—Mr. Prescott's and my brother's. His conversation was rich and interesting, from his varied information, and the number of noteworthy people he had met; his sympathies were with what was highest and best; he was e<