His politics did not differ widely from those of John Quincy Adams, who was the earliest statesman of the anti-slavery struggle, and a true hero in his way. After Quincy, the presidents of the university became more and more conservative, until Felton, who was a pronounced pro-slavery Whig, and even attempted to defend the invasion of Kansas in a public meeting.
The professors and tutors naturally followed in the train of the president, while a majority of the sons of wealthy men among the unwe have a good talk together?
He complained that although everybody liked roses few were sufficiently interested in them to distinguish the different kinds.
Naturally rosebugs were his special detestation.
Saving your presence, he said to President Felton's daughter, I will crush this insect; to which she aptly replied, I certainly would not have my presence save him.
When he heard of the Buffalo-bug he exclaimed: Are we going to have another pest to contend with?
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heir hard outlines; those in the Vatican did him better justice.
This idea he may have derived from William Morris Hunt, the Boston portrait-painter.
He considered the action of the Niobe group too strenuous to be represented in marble.
Miss Mary Felton liked the Niobe statues; so Lowell said, Now come back with me, and I will sit on you.
Accordingly we all returned to the Niobe hall, where Lowell lectured us on the statues without, however, entirely convincing Miss Felton.
Then we went tMiss Felton.
Then we went to the hall in the Uffizi Palace, which is called the Tribune. Mrs. Lowell had never been in the Tribune, where the Venus dea Medici is enshrined; so her husband opened the door wide and said, Now go in --as if he were opening the gates of Paradise.
At Bologna he wished to make an excursion into the mountains, but the veturino charged about twice the usual price, and though the man afterwards reduced his demand to a reasonable figure Lowell would not go with him at all, and told him that such
he Supreme Bench, and wished him to concentrate his energies in that direction.
His friends, too, at this time-Hillard, Felton, Liebe, and even Longfellow — were either opposed to introducing the slavery question into politics or practically indiff acrimony, and Sumner never failed to do his former friend a service when he found an opportunity.
His difference with Felton was of a more serious kind.
Emerson, perhaps, judged Felton too severely,--a man of ardent temperament who was always inFelton too severely,--a man of ardent temperament who was always in danger of saying more than he intended.
Sumner's election to the Senate was a chance in ten thousand.
It is well known that at first he declined to be a candidate.
He did not think he was fitted for the position, and when Caleb Gushing urged h Freesoil leaders with whom he now came in contact in his own State were much more akin to his own nature than Story, and Felton, and Hillard.
Sumner was never popular in Washington, as he had been among the English liberals and Cambridge men of let