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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 Memorial History of Boston, vol. III. p. 662, and in Life of Ticknor, vol. i. p. 388. As to visitors at the house, see Life of Ticknor, vol. i. p. 391; vol. II. p. 482. He had retired from a professor's chair at Harvard, had ample leisure at command, had collected a superb library, and he and his family spoke French and German as easily as English. He had, as his journals show, studied in the best of foreign schools, and had seen the best of foreign life. Both before and after he took his house on Park Street, his home was for more than a generation the resort of all that was most distinguished in the culture of the period; and he was assisted in this refined hospitality by one who was his peer in accomplishments, and who graced the society of Boston and Cambridge from youth to age. There came foreigners of high rank or repute, who
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)
s of slavery; but genuine as he was in friendship, He had not in him the stuff of which reformers are made. More and more he lapsed into the society about him, accepting its tone and opinions; and it became evident in 1846-1847 that the two friends, pursuing divergent paths, could not long maintain their intimate fellowship. There was, however, no scene or open breach; and as Hillard left for Europe in 1847, he confided to his old friend his will and papers, and Sumner gave him letters to English friends,—a favor which he was chary in bestowing. Both, though their lives were dividing, were still under the spell of by-gone days. In a note explanatory and apologetic, Hillard as he left thus revealed his inner thought:— We have sometimes differed of late years; but our differences have been such as flowed inevitably from diversity of organization and temperament. I have never loved you the less. If there has ever been anything in my manner from which a different inference mi
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 31: the prison—discipline debates in Tremont Temple.—1846-1847. (search)
not know. The New York Society promises great usefulness. . . .I cherish a lively recollection of my brief intercourse with you in Paris. An international prison congress was held this year at Brussels. Sumner, in letters from Europe, was urged to attend, but was unable to do so. His brother George, however, was present, and acquitted himself well in the debates, showing in them, according to Dr. Julius, a rare moderation and excellent temper. His principal speech, translated into English, was republished in the Boston Daily Advertiser, Oct. 22, 1847, with an introductory note by Charles. who wrote to him a note of congratulation on the high quality of his speech and his success in speaking in a foreign tongue. The discussions of 1846 and 1847, which had discredited the character of the managers for efficiency, fairness, and breadth of view, were a fatal blow to the Society, and it never recovered public confidence. In May, 1848, Sumner appeared before the managers, an
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)
lling forcible resistance; and he held its author personally responsible for the blood of persons killed in its execution. He said, however, in a rather pleasant way, that it was the first Abolition speech he had ever listened to, and added: I did not know that it was possible that I could endure a speech for over three hours upon the subject of the abolition of slavery; but this oration of the senator from Massachusetts to-day has been so handsomely embellished with poetry, both Latin and English, so full of classical allusions and rhetorical flourishes, as to make it much more palatable than I supposed it could have been made. He showed no ill feeling, and allowed himself to be interrupted several times by Sumner, who disclaimed any suggestion of a resort to force in resisting the law. Cass, making no reference to Sumner, explained in a pitiable way why he did not vote upon the Fugitive Slave law, and declared his purpose henceforth to stand by it. Bright of Indiana, expelled ten
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)
ently as to habeas corpus, the right of the jury in criminal cases, the appropriation of public money for sectarian schools, and other matters. Several of the changes were shortly after made by amendments proposed by the Legislature, and approved by a popular vote. On the final day of the convention, August 1, Sumner attended at Plymouth the celebration of the embarkation of the Pilgrim fathers at Southampton. His tribute to the English Puritans, known as Separatists or Independents in English history, was a thinly-veiled tribute to the pioneers of the antislavery cause. Works, vol. III. pp. 269-275. At this period of heated controversy it was difficult for either side to avoid allusions, open or covert, on festive or literary occasions to the question of slavery; and others besides Sumner, even on this occasion, assumed the right to make them. For instance, Governor Clifford in a reference to the Constitutional convention, and R. Yeadon of South Carolina in praise of Web
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
unt thought him a man of courage. Of course the Count was against slavery. In the evening dined with M. and Madame Laugel; Senior was there, and our talk was in English. Afterwards company came, among whom was M. Élie de Beaumont. 1798-1874. He spoke of Dr. Charles T. Jackson 1805-1880. of Boston as having made la belle de is certain,—nobody believes in the present dynasty. April 20. Called on M. Drouyn de Lhuys; sat with him in his cabinet nearly two hours. Conversation was in English, which he speaks quite well. He inquired of me particularly with regard to the feeling in the United States towards the emperor and the present state of things, Montmartre, saw the cemetery; dined with Appleton, to meet Signor Ruffini, 1807-1881; author of Doctor Antonio. the Italian who has written so successfully in English; afterwards passed an hour or two at Lamartine's. May 23. Took my last French lesson to-day, previous to leaving Paris; drove with Appleton to St. Cloud, where
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, chapter 14 (search)
rofessor Martins, to Calvisson, a small town ten miles southwest of Nimes, where they were received by M. Theodore Abauzit, a Protestant pastor His mother was English. He went with Sumner and Martins to Aigues Mortes. Sumner had a pleasant acquaintance at Montpellier with another Protestant pastor, M. Tellisier, of Bordeaux. in France. who was educating a number of girls in his house. At his request Martins tested them in German, which he had known well from his youth, and Sumner in English. With such examiners it was a rare day in the pastor's school. Sumner, selecting a volume of Brougham which he took from the library, read quite rapidly and witpupils, to his surprise and the teacher's gratification, copied it perfectly. Sumner spoke briefly to the girls, telling them how they could become familiar with English, so as to speak and live in it; and the pastor remarked that it would have been impossible to give this advice more gracefully, with more kindness or acceptable a