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tles with favor, than you can discourage bad books at the moment you are buying and circulating them. Life of Ticknor, vol. II. p. 235. The social exclusion practised by Ticknor on Sumner and antislavery men is mentioned in Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. i. pp. 128. 176, 177. It will be seen that Judge William Kent, though as ill-affected toward anti-slavery agitation, thought the attempt of Ticknor, the Eliots, and others to ostracize Sumner, unwise and unfair. Social unity was assistin whole districts, of dwellings into warehouses, to find old landmarks; but it is harder still to find traces of that society which had cast out Wendell Phillips, well blooded as the best, and which now laid its heavy hand on Sumner, Palfrey, and Dana. George Ticknor's house, at the corner of Park and Beacon streets, facing the English elms on the Common, was the centre of the literary society of the time. He began to live in this house in 1829. A picture of the library is given in the M
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 30: addresses before colleges and lyceums.—active interest in reforms.—friendships.—personal life.—1845-1850. (search)
nglish is not accurate. She spoke on education; on the condition of the people in Europe, for whom she expresses the greatest interest; on the duties of kings. What right, she said, have kings to live merely for carriages, horses, and palaces? Her appearance on the stage was very fine. Her pose, movement, and expression were beautiful. My place was in the front gallery, directly opposite the singer. To R. H. Dana, Jr., November 1:— What can have turned you to those old fields? Dana had written, Will you lend me your article on Replevin, written years ago in the Jurist, and much commended to us by Professor Greenleaf at the school? I send you the volume containing the article on Replevin. American Jurist, July, 1834. Ante, Memoir, vol. i. p. 124. Looking at this and my other labors in that volume, I am reminded how completely my mind has flowed into other channels since those early days of precocious judicial enthusiasm. That volume contains some eighteen articles,
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 32: the annexation of Texas.—the Mexican War.—Winthrop and Sumner.—1845-1847. (search)
of a past Adams as the last one. Palfrey described the slights and affronts received by himself, the changed countenances, the rude language, and the refused recognitions by old acquaintances and parishioners. A Letter to a Friend, pp. 25, 26. Dana, finding one day his salutations in the street, when addressed to one of the ruling class, met with only the slightest return, assumed that the cause was a recent bereavement; By the death of Greenough, the sculptor. and making an apology, drewThis social exclusion of others than Sumner came mostly later,—in 1850-1852,— when the conservative feeling in Boston was intense in favor of Mr. Webster and in support of the Compromise measures of 1850. It is referred to in Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. i. pp. 128, 129, 177. Naturally, Sumner felt keenly this social restriction. He had been a favorite in society, and had a genuine relish for the taste, luxury, and refined conversation which at the time distinguished the homes whose in
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 33: the national election of 1848.—the Free Soil Party.— 1848-1849. (search)
presentatives. He expressed his desire that some other person should be chosen, and cordially approved the selection of Mr. Dana in his stead. Letters to C. F. Adams, July 30 and 31, in manuscript; Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. i. pp. 135, 136Dana, vol. i. pp. 135, 136. His interest in the movement led him, however, to go to Buffalo, where he was urged to address the mass meeting; but as there was a sufficiency of speakers, he declined. Unlike some of his former Whig associates, Sumner had no prejudices against Vteresting to observe how many of them came to the front before or during the Civil War,—Sumner, Adams, Wilson, Burlingame, Dana, E. R. Hoar, and Andrew. Among the younger Free Soilers were George F. Hoar, Henry L. Pierce, John A. Kasson, and Marcus President. By a curious turn of politics, the men whom he came to Massachusetts to oppose—Sumner, Adams, Wilson, Andrew, Dana, and Burhngame—became his supporters in the election of 1860 and during his Presidency; while the foremost of the Whig lea<
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 34: the compromise of 1850.—Mr. Webster. (search)
legal committee for the protection of alleged fugitives. On the committee also were S. E Sewall, Dana, John C. Park, and William Minot. They called C. G. Loring to their aid. About the same time, a the prosecutions, although it properly belonged to the Attorney-General. Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. i. p. 228. Early in April, 1851, Thomas Sims, another negro living in Boston, was brouaccount of the pending election for senator, in which he was the candidate. Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. i. pp 183, 188, 189, 190. In association with Mr. Sewall he applied, without success, to JFugitive Slave Act; and it was presented to a committee of the Legislature. Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. i. p. 184. The judge was unfriendly and brusque,—breaking out, when Sewall in a quiet way ed as a mere political clap-trap speech, intended for the Southern market. (Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. i. p. 191.) The writer was present, and well remembers the scene. The room was crowded, ch
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 35: Massachusetts and the compromise.—Sumner chosen senator.—1850-1851. (search)
as he did six months ago. Adams's Biography of Dana. p. 286. The Compromise was promptly approved he Fugitive Slave law, see Adams's Biography of Dana, p. 176. was addressed by B. R. Curtis and Choelihood; and it was especially directed against Dana. He was an intellectual and highly cultivated sts of the slave-power. Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. i. pp. 187, 192. The two leading journaln to merchants to withdraw their patronage from Dana; May 10, 1851, signed E. See article March ce and business from men like Sumner, Mann, and Dana. June 2, signed Son of a Merchant. Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. i. p. 198. The Courier, in an elaborate and bitter leader, called for the e my opinions. This passage between Hillard and Dana was often referred to at the time. Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. i. pp. 237, 238. Bryant, in the New York Evening Post, denounced these assaultex, where the union was opposed by Samuel Hoar, Dana, Burlingame, and J. C. Dodge; and in the towns [10 more...]
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 36: first session in Congress.—welcome to Kossuth.—public lands in the West.—the Fugitive Slave Law.—1851-1852. (search)
e numerous congratulations. Those among them who were students of public questions, like Adams, Dana, and Amasa Walker, fully approved his caution against any departure from the policy of non-intervutation which, however, was afterwards gracefully withdrawn. Sumner's friends at home—among them Dana, Wilson, Burlingame, and Banks —expressed in notes their pleasure at the manner in which he had aom the free States who were averse to a discussion which had no serious purpose. Sumner wrote to Dana, Dec. 8, 1851: The Southerners are in high quarrel,— Foote and Butler at red-hot words. The scenon. William Bowditch authorizes me to say that this is his view of the matter also. R. h. Dana, Jr., as late as August 9, wrote:— We have perfect faith in your course. We believe that if Sumner at a dinner at R. H. Dana, Jr.'s, soon after his return to Boston, and were recorded by Mr. Dana in his journal. and it seemed in a fair way to prevail. Sumner had expected to succeed in his
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 37: the national election of 1852.—the Massachusetts constitutional convention.—final defeat of the coalition.— 1852-1853. (search)
antislavery orators of the State,—Palfrey the president, Sumner, Adams, Mann, Wilson, Burlingame, Dana, Keyes, Leavitt, Pierpont, and Garrison. On the platform, besides the speakers, were Dr. S. G.(since known as General Butler), W. Griswold, and J. G. Abbott; and among the latter were Wilson, Dana, Sumner, Burlingame, Charles Allen, Marcus Morton (two of the name, father and son), Amasa Walker contributed more real power and insight, as well as independence of thought, to the debates than Dana, Sumner spoke of Dana afterwards as the man of by far the greatest legislative promise, criticDana afterwards as the man of by far the greatest legislative promise, criticising only his tendency to over-debate, due to excessive readiness and facility. Adams's Biography of R. H. Dana, vol. i. p. 233. whose intellect and character, however, derived no added force from n of the existing Constitution or of the proposed plan; during all of which Sumner was silent. Dana gave his estimate of Sumner's part in the convention in his diary: Sumner has held his own as an
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 38: repeal of the Missouri Compromise.—reply to Butler and Mason.—the Republican Party.—address on Granville Sharp.—friendly correspondence.—1853-1854. (search)
0, 1851, and 1852, were less responsive. The antislavery veterans walked with heads erect, meeting on all sides the salutation You were right in State and Milk streets, where before they had encountered only averted faces. Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. i. pp. 285, 286. They might be pardoned if in this hour some human feeling mingled with their patriotic devotion; and while ready to co-operate actively and in good faith with all opponents of the extension of slavery, they were determined and scholars joined battle with them. It is atrocious that Pettit, Clay, Butler, and the others were not called to order; but I suppose the rules of order, like all the other laws of our republic, are never executed against the slave-power. Mr. Dana, in communicating Prof. Edward T. Channing's expressions of admiration for his pupil's recent triumph in the Senate, reminded Sumner of what Dr. W. E. Channing's sentiments would have been if he were living:— Would not his brother have fe
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 40: outrages in Kansas.—speech on Kansas.—the Brooks assault.—1855-1856. (search)
ike assault, and expressed anxiety to hear of Sumner's escape from permanent injury, speaking of the speech as a great and eloquent vindication of our cause. R. H. Dana, Jr., wrote, May 27: I think of you every hour of every day; you haunt me. Mrs. Dana cannot sleep because of you, and my children cry tears of anger and pity. Except for your physical suffering it is all right. It is one of the drops that make our cup run over. . . . You have both the wreath of civic victory and the crown of that would delight you, I know, and recall one of the brightest periods of your life. You may imagine how they all speak of your sickness and its cause. The interest of Sumner's English friends in his recovery appears in Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. I. p. 358; vol. II. pp. 9, 25, 45. Dr. Julius wrote from Hamburg that not only himself, but his whole country, had been shocked by the assault. There was a general desire to give Sumner a popular indorsement, and with that view it was p