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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)
had passed. One from Mr. Daveis, of Portland, in 1847, broke a long interval, urging Sumner to attend that year the dinner of the Society of the Cincinnati in Boston, with whom he had last met in 1844. It is perhaps worthy of note that Alexander H. Everett, 1792-1847. as appears by a letter to Sumner just before leaving the country for his mission to China, where he died a year later, named Sumner without his knowledge to Mr. Buchanan, then Secretary of State, for the post of chief clerk in his department, which it was expected would soon be made that of assistant secretary of State. The circumstance shows Mr. Everett's appreciation of Sumner's character and attainments. Sumner had friendly relations with Henry C. Carey, 1793-1879. of Philadelphia, and in 1847 read the proofs of the latter's book, entitled The Past, the Present, and the Future. He induced the author to modify some of his propositions on slavery, See chapter on Man and his Fellow Man. though unable t