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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 32: the annexation of Texas.—the Mexican War.—Winthrop and Sumner.—1845-1847. (search)
ar. From that time, in Washington and in Boston, they exchanged civilities, as invitations to dine. Winthrop was present in 1865 when Sumner delivered his oration on Lincoln, and gave him congratulations at its close. Just before going to Europe in 1872, Sumner drove to Brookline to call on Winthrop; and the latter, as survivor, paid in 1874, before the Massachusetts Historical Society, a cordial tribute to the memory of the dead senator. If the order had been reversed, the eulogist of Fessenden would have been the eulogist of Winthrop. The New York Tribune, March 16, 1874, made Winthrop's tribute in the Massachusetts Historical Society the occasion of a leader entitled Sumner and Winthrop, which, recalling former differences, united the two as entitled to public esteem. Sumner attended, in September, 1846, the Whig caucus in Boston which was called to elect delegates to the Whig State convention, and was chosen one of the delegation to which the Whigs of the city were enti
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 33: the national election of 1848.—the Free Soil Party.— 1848-1849. (search)
issued, with a list of signers, in which Adams's name stood first and Sumner's second. It invited the citizens of Massachusetts who were opposed to the nomination of Cass and Taylor to meet at Worcester, June 28, to take such steps as the occasion shall demand—in support of the principles to which they are pledged, and to co-operate with the other free States in a convention for this purpose. Sumner took an active part in obtaining the speakers, Among those whom he invited were William Pitt Fessenden, who, however, decided to support Taylor. and making other preparations for the convention. Five thousand people answered to the call. It was an assembly distinguished for that loyalty to moral principle which has been the life and glory of New England. Finding no hall large enough, the multitude thronged upon the Common. The venerable Samuel Hoar, whose name is associated with the mission to South Carolina for the protection of the colored seamen of Massachusetts, was called to
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 38: repeal of the Missouri Compromise.—reply to Butler and Mason.—the Republican Party.—address on Granville Sharp.—friendly correspondence.—1853-1854. (search)
nd worthy of the occasion were made by other senators, as by Wade of Ohio and Fessenden of Maine; This was Fessenden's first speech in the Senate. Sumner remarkeFessenden's first speech in the Senate. Sumner remarked, We felt that a champion had come. Pike's First Blows of the Civil War, p. 220. Sumner in his tribute to Fessenden, Dec. 14, 1869 (Works, vol. XIII. pp. 189-191)Fessenden, Dec. 14, 1869 (Works, vol. XIII. pp. 189-191), describes the speech and the scene. An ally from an unexpected quarter was found in Houston of Texas, who opposed the bill as sure to stir up agitation and endangrter at his instance, and he denying that any change in sense had been made. Fessenden's recollection, which was clear, was as follows:— The answer made by th that the Constitution imposed any such obligation upon him; that is all. Fessenden's version was in substance confirmed by Rusk of Texas. The discussion closedw moments before, Mr. Fish voted on an appeal from the decision of the chair. Fessenden gave his vote for the repeal, while Hamlin remained discreetly silent. As
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 39: the debate on Toucey's bill.—vindication of the antislavery enterprise.—first visit to the West.—defence of foreign-born citizens.—1854-1855. (search)
ce in the free States awakened by the aggressions of slavery. This reference to the Northern uprising called up Douglas, who spoke with the audacity which never failed him, and ascribed the Democratic defeats to the secret Know Nothing order. Fessenden, the master of an incisive style, contested Douglas's assumption as to the significance of the elections. Benjamin and Bayard spoke for the South. Butler betrayed the frequency with which he had partaken of his usual refreshment. He was call which was conceived in defiance of the Constitution, and was a barefaced subversion of every principle of humanity and justice; and he closed his speech with a motion for its repeal, which obtained nine votes. Works, vol. III. pp. 529-547. Fessenden, Seward, and even Cooper, now voted with Sumner, but Fish and Hamlin were still silent. Sumner had in this vote a new ally in his colleague, Wilson. Butler could not refrain from renewing to Sumner his old questions about constitutional obliga
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 40: outrages in Kansas.—speech on Kansas.—the Brooks assault.—1855-1856. (search)
ut for the coming session of Congress, I should go at once to Europe, and look at pictures, monuments, and the Alps, and thus pass unconsciously into, health and ancient vigor. But I cannot renounce the idea of being in my seat, if not at the beginning, at least very soon. Our cause looks grandly; the future, at least, is ours. Tell our friends to be of good cheer, and keep in line for action. Our front must not be broken. It is Bunker Hill that has been fought over again. To William P. Fessenden, December 11— In my bed I have read your speech, and its many interjections and your felicitous responses, and have been happy that you are there, so ready and able. I wish that I were with you. You are the best debater on the floor of the Senate, and you must make them all confess it. We shall be proud of you. To Whittier, December 20:— Your letter charmed and soothed me. Every day I thought of it, and chided myself for letting it go unanswered. Then came your beaut
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 43: return to the Senate.—the barbarism of slavery.—Popular welcomes.—Lincoln's election.—1859-1860. (search)
h were merely in aid of legislation. March 12 and June 15, 1860. (Works, vol. IV. pp. 426-440.) The Republican senators were divided as to the question of the Senate's jurisdiction. Generally those from New England agreed with Sumner, but Fessenden disagreed with them; Seward (lid not vote. Samuel E. Sewall and John A. Andrew were Hyatt's counsel. Andrew testified before the committee, and his manly bearing attracted public attention. Later he commented on the action of the committee inmass meeting at Owego. Similar applications, pressed with great urgency, were made from Illinois by E. B. Washburne, N. B. Judd, I. N. Arnold, Herman Kreissman, and Owen Lovejoy; from Maine by Mr. Hamlin, the candidate for Vice-President, and Mr. Fessenden the senator; and from Ohio by the State committee. His colleague, Wilson, who was omnipresent in the campaign, and intensely alive to all its necessities, besought him to speak several times in the States of New Jersey and New York, as also