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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 16: events at home.—Letters of friends.—December, 1837, to March, 1839.—Age 26-28. (search)
opinions, and he was making researches for his Conquest of Mexico. Cleveland was writing the Life of Henry Hudson for Sparks's American Biography, and editing Sallust. Hillard was completing his edition of Spenser. Felton was preparing a Greek Reader, and translating Menzel's History of German Literature. Longfellow published The Psalm of Life in Sept., 1838, and a few months later Hyperion and The Voices of the Night. Dr. Lieber visited Boston to superintend the publication of the Political Ethics. Motley was writing Morton's Hope. Greenleaf was gathering the materials for a treatise upon The Law of Evidence. Story was in the full tide of authorship, writing and printing The Law of Agency, and revising Equity Pleadings and other works. The period of financial depression,—one of the most remarkable in our history,—which began in 1837, still continued. The failure of some Boston banks had spread unusual distrust. Few local improvements were in progress; but it was thought w
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 17: London again.—characters of judges.—Oxford.—Cambridge— November and December, 1838.—Age, 27. (search)
in the country. Believe me, ever affectionately yours, Charles Sumner. To Dr. Francis Lieber, Columbia, S. C. London, Nov. 16, 1838. my dear Lieber,—. . . I arrived in London on Sunday. On Monday evening I submitted your book Political Ethics. to Colburn, and he declined it. I had spoken to Clark in Edinburgh, who published Story's Conflict of Laws, but he also declined. From Colburn I went to Maxwell,—an intelligent and enterprising law-publisher, whom I knew very well, and whoa copy to Lockhart, whom I have met several times. I will dispose of several other copies in the same manner,—one to a leading writer in the London and Foreign Review. In a letter to Dr. Lieber, Dec. 13, Sumner, writing of reviews of the Political Ethics which he hoped to obtain, refers to John Stuart Mill as the most accomplished critic in that department in England. The copy which you sent me has been out of my hands so much since I received it, that I have only found time to glance at it.<
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 18: Stratford-on-avon.—Warwick.—London.—Characters of judges and lawyers.—authors.—society.—January, 1839, to March, 1839.—Age, 28. (search)
for me, and exhortations imposing upon me responsibilities to which I am all unequal. . . . Mr. Burge—the author of the great work on the Conflict of Laws, just published in four large volumes—has read your Hermeneutics in the Jurist, and likes it very much. He is the only exception. I know to the rule I have above stated, that eminent English lawyers do not write books. . . . The omitted parts of the letter relate chiefly to Sumner's efforts to promote the success of Dr. Lieber's Political Ethics. Ever yours, Charles Sumner. To Lord Morpeth. George William Frederick, seventh Earl of Carlisle, and Viscount Morpeth, 1802-1864. he was Chief Secretary of Ireland, 1835-1841; succeeded to the earldom on the death of his father in 1848, and was Lord-lieutenant of Ireland, 1855-1858, and again, 1859-1864. he was one of the best of men, and one of the most popular viceroys that Ireland ever had. He never married, and was succeeded in the peerage by his brother, William Georg
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 23: return to his profession.—1840-41.—Age, 29-30. (search)
ated and refined by a chivalrous sense of honor, and a mind without fear. I think of the words of the Persian poet when I meet Howe: Oh God! have pity on the wicked. The good need it not; for in making them good thou hast done enough. We are together a good deal. Both have been wanderers, and both are bachelors; so we drive fast and hard, and talk, looking at the blossoms in the fields or those fairer in the streets. You have doubtless seen the Edinburgh Review, Review of the Political Ethics, April, 1841; Vol. LXXIII. 55-76. ere this. The tone is good and respectful; but all reviewers aim to seem wiser than the authors. They try to write downupon their subject; and happy he who can do this. I like Bancroft's history very much. It is not complete, perfect, or entirely satisfactory to the calm, truth-seeking mind; but it is eloquent, fervid, brilliant, and calculated to excite the patriotism of those who read it, and to stimulate the love of liberal institutions. It mak