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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 54: President Grant's cabinet.—A. T. Stewart's disability.—Mr. Fish, Secretary of State.—Motley, minister to England.—the Alabama claims.—the Johnson-Clarendon convention.— the senator's speech: its reception in this country and in England.—the British proclamation of belligerency.— national claims.—instructions to Motley.—consultations with Fish.—political address in the autumn.— lecture on caste.—1869. (search)
Case at Geneva, prepared, under Mr. Fish's immediate direction, by his assistant secretary, J. C. B. Davis, which charges the British government with insincerity,—the most odious epithet which the reace hatreds. Nine years after the speech was made, and four years after Sumner's death, Mr. J. C. B. Davis, in an attempt to cover up the real cause of the senator's removal from the head of the cord, and the treasury of the insurgent confederates. The American Case at Geneva, drawn by J. C. B. Davis, assigned to the proclamation all the prominence that Sumner ever gave to it, adding imputatsion, the eminent counsel at Geneva,—Cushing, Evarts, and Waite,—and the author of the Case, J. C. B. Davis. Whether the national claims ought on a final view to have been the subject of pecuniary t he agrees with me on all the points. To my mind, his opinion is the best we can have. J. C. B. Davis misapplies Sumner's protest, which was against Fish's first draft of the instructions, and n<
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 55: Fessenden's death.—the public debt.—reduction of postage.— Mrs. Lincoln's pension.—end of reconstruction.—race discriminations in naturalization.—the Chinese.—the senator's record.—the Cuban Civil War.—annexation of San Domingo.—the treaties.—their use of the navy.—interview with the presedent.—opposition to the annexation; its defeat.—Mr. Fish.—removal of Motley.—lecture on Franco-Prussian War.—1869-1870. (search)
aties. The narrative has now reached the date of Sumner's connection with and knowledge of the transactions. At the beginning of January, 1870, B. P. Poore, in a letter to the Boston Journal, puts the day as Sunday, Jan. 2, 1870, while J. C. B. Davis puts it as Dec. 31, 1869; but the precise day is immaterial. one evening when Sumner was at dinner at his own house, with J. W. Forney and B. P. Poore as guests, the President called. The servant informed him that the senator was at dinner, riends at times attempted to disconnect them by giving reasons to show that the minister was already weak in his hold upon the place; but they have substantially admitted that the time chosen for the removal had reference to the rejection. J. C. B. Davis in New York Herald, Jan. 4, 1878; Badeau's Grant in Peace, p. 216. In order to escape just indignation at an act of revenge, Lord Clarendon's death, June 27, was set up as determining the time of removal,—that being claimed to be an event aus
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 56: San Domingo again.—the senator's first speech.—return of the angina pectoris.—Fish's insult in the Motley Papers.— the senator's removal from the foreign relations committee.—pretexts for the remioval.—second speech against the San Domingo scheme.—the treaty of Washington.—Sumner and Wilson against Butler for governor.—1870-1871. (search)
on his testimony, whether coming directly from him or prompted by him, deserve no credit. III. The charge of not reporting the treaties being thus disposed of, and Mr. Fish retiring without confession or explanation, his former assistant, J. C. B. Davis,—also not explaining how the false charge of not reporting came to be made,—alleged that the senator did not move forward the treaties in the Senate and secure its action upon them. This charge, which was as baseless as the other, at once encification it was stated that in a memorandum sent to Mr. Fish two days after their conference, Jan. 15, 1871, he set forth as a condition or preliminary of settlement the withdrawal of Great Britain from her possessions on this continent. J. C. B. Davis, in the New York Herald, Jan. 4, 1878. See reply of Wendell Phillips to Davis's letter (New York Herald, Jan. 9, 1878; Boston Herald, Jan. 13, 1878). This final pretext or afterthought came out seven years after the date of the memorandum a
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, chapter 19 (search)
een made to the discussion, the more elaborate are the letter of Mr. Fish, Oct. 29, 1877, printed in the Boston Evening Transcript, the reply of one of Mr. Sumner's literary executors through the same journal, November 28, and a paper by Mr. J. C. Bancroft Davis, in support of Mr. Fish, dated Jan. 3, 1878, and appearing in the New York Herald. Various persons have at times had relations to the controversy, but lately it has been treated as one which chiefly concerned Mr. Fish and Mr. Sumner.is accusations were shown to be untrue by the publication of the Senate journal, he has maintained an impenetrable reserve. Withdrawing at this interesting stage of the discussion, he seems to have obtained a substitute to take his place. Mr. J. C. B. Davis, his former assistant secretary of state, spares time from new duties on the Court of Claims to write a paper for the Herald in his behalf. This mode of justifying by proxy has two advantages: it relieves Mr. Fish of the unpleasant necess