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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 35: Massachusetts and the compromise.—Sumner chosen senator.—1850-1851. (search)
urage in the cause of political truth and justice when I see a senator coming from Massachusetts imbued with the uncompromising devotion to freedom and humanity of John Quincy Adams. Richard S. Storrs, Jr., wrote from Brooklyn: I am sure that there are many thousands of hearts outside of Massachusetts which have thrilled with deep and unexpected happiness at this most honorable and auspicious event. I confess that to me the whole aspect of the future is brighter and more attractive. William H. Furness wrote from Philadelphia of the inexpressible satisfaction which he and others had taken in the result, and congratulated him with a whole heart on the greatness of his position, and most of all for the sacred cause which had triumphed in him. Other letters of congratulation are noted in Sumner's Works, vol. II. pp. 436, 437. Hillard wrote from Court Street, April 25:— my dear Sumner,—I cannot congratulate you on your election, because, with my political connections, that wo
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)
said it was the only thing which preserved the character of the Senate. Timothy Walker, of Cincinnati, a conservative jurist, thought it not only the ablest of Sumner's efforts, but the ablest exposition of that side of the question he had met with, believing this to be also the opinion of all candid men, and even of the Southerners, as shown by the reception they gave it. The speech was warmly applauded in letters from eminent divines,—Charles Lowell, John Pierpont, Convers Francis, William H. Furness, A. A. Livermore, Samuel Osgood, Rufus P. Stebbins, and James W. Thompson. A senator then far removed in opinion and party action (Cooper of Pennsylvania), whose subsequent change of position may have been due to the speech, wrote:— While I differ with you in many of your views on this subject, I can still admire the ability and manly frankness with which you maintain them. As an intellectual effort, your speech will rank with any made in the Senate since I have been a member o
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)
, and a sense of weakness in the small of the back. These were developed by walking, and every step he took seemed to produce a shock upon the brain. His walk was irregular and uncertain, and after slight efforts he would lose almost entire control of the lower extremities. By the advice of Dr. Lindsly, he left Washington July 7, and after stopping for a night at Baltimore with the Barclays, relatives of his brother Albert, went on to Philadelphia, where he became the guest of Rev. William H. Furness, and put himself under the medical care of Dr. Caspar Wister. His expectation when he went North was to be in his seat the next month. In June the Democratic national convention, meeting at Cincinnati, nominated James Buchanan for President, Brooks was dissuaded from going to Cincinnati, as his presence might be embarrassing. New York Tribune, June 6. and the Republican convention meeting at Philadelphia nominated John C. Fremont. In the latter convention, Stunner, though n
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
r part of the time for five months, coming to the capital several times at the summons of his colleague to vote on questions concerning Kansas, and leaving as soon as a vote was reached. When absent from Washington he was in Philadelphia with Mr. Furness, at the Brevoort House in New York, at his home in Boston, or at Longfellow's in Cambridge. At this time he turned to engravings for employment and pastime. His interest in them hitherto had been general, but it now became almost a passionity to prostration, that he must abstain from the excitement of public life for a year to come. He was much in doubt where to go, what baths, if any, to take, and to what course of treatment to resort. In a letter to Longfellow, May 10, from Mr. Furness's, he stated his perplexity and his most depressing sense of invalidism, and closed by saying, Meanwhile time and opportunity, irrevocable, pass on. I grow old, inactive, and the future is dreary. Regretfully he decided on another journey to
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, chapter 14 (search)
irman, and made a brief response, in which he paid a tribute to Mr. Schurz, and spoke of himself as, after a long struggle, at last a well man. The same evening he attended in Cambridge a political reception at the house of J. M. S. Williams. He visited both branches of the Legislature, then holding an extra session for the revision of the statutes. Wherever he went he was cordially and tenderly taken by the hand. On his way to Washington he was the guest of Mr. Fish in New York and of Mr. Furness in Philadelphia. His many friends in both cities, as well as those in Massachusetts, were gladdened to find him fully established in health, and ready with unimpaired physical and intellectual vigor to resume his career in the Senate, which had been interrupted for so long a period. The people of Massachusetts were loyal to Sumner during his prolonged disability. His vote in the Senate was wanting not only on the trials of strength between slavery and freedom, but also on questions i
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)
nd fighting Monckton Milnes about German poetry? Well, in that very room, and in the very arm-chair in which he then sat, he breathed his last, on Wednesday evening last, 28 December. For once Sumner came home for the Christmas and New Year holidays. While at home he was presented by James Freeman Clarke, George W. Bond. and others with an interesting souvenir,—a dessert service of knives and forks once belonging to Lajos Batthyanyi, the Hungarian patriot. On his return, while at Mr. Furness's in Philadelphia, he called with Mr. Allibone on an old friend, Henry D. Gilpin, an invalid with but few days in store, cheering him with a report of the kind inquiries made concerning him by the Grotes and other English friends. He declined at the time two invitations in New York city,—one to address the New England Society, dressed by Mr. Evarts; and the other to speak in the Academy of Music, given by Greeley, C. A. Dana, H. C. Bowen, and Oliver Johnson. Warned by physicians and fri