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call with my carriage at your house, to take you with me to the inauguration ball. Sincerely yours, Abrahiam Lincoln. Mr. Sumner accepted the invitation; the president called for him with his carriage, and on arriving at the ball-room desired him, greatly to the astonishment of those present, to take the arm of Mrs. Lincoln, and the seat of honor. This was Mr. Lincoln's method of terminating personal animosities. By the surrender of the rebel army, under Gen. Robert E. Lee, to Gen. Grant, April 9, Mr. Sumner saw with inexpressible delight the Union saved, and the chains of the bondmen rent asunder. But the hour of gladness often changes unexpectedly to the hour of sorrow. The joy attendant on the realization of his long-cherished hope of peace and freedom was on the evening of the 14th turned to the keenest agony, by the assassination of his noble and beloved friend the president of the United States. Mr. Sumner attended the illustrious patriot in his dying hour; and
t of the president. a letter to Mr. Stanton. Financial reconstruction. equal Suffrage. the Alabama claims. the Cubans. the Dominican treaty. rupture with Gen. Grant. displacement of Mr. Sumner. speech on San Domingo. The laws, the rights, The generous plan of power, delivered down From age to age by our renowned forefhe should not consider the work completed until he saw a colored member in the Senate. During the presidential campaign of this year he favored the election of Gen. Grant, although he believed a better nomination might have been made. On the 3d of February, 1869, he strongly advocated in the Senate the enactment of a law by Coso they had, undoubtedly, some influence on his intellectual temper. On account of the opposition to his annexation scheme, and perhaps for some other reasons, Gen. Grant, against the advice of many of his supporters, removed in 1870, from his place as minister to England, Mr. J. L. Motley, the historian, and an intimate friend o
at speech, on the last day of February, 1872, in support of his resolution demanding an investigation of the sales of ordnance stores made during the war between France and Germany, the return of his old malady rendered it imperative that he should cease a while from mental labor. He returned, however, to the Senate in May, and made, on the last day of that month, a memorable speech, in which he declared his loss of confidence in the Republican party, and severely criticised the course of Gen. Grant. Both the old parties, said he, are in a crisis, with this difference between the two,--the Democracy is dissolving, the Republican party is being absorbed. The Democracy is falling apart, thus losing its vital unity: the Republican party is submitting to a personal influence, thus visibly losing its vital character. The Democracy is ceasing to exist: the Republican party is losing its identity. Let the process be completed, and it will be no longer that Republican party which I hel
an appearance of dignity and repose. It was borne thence, in a hearse drawn by four white horses, followed by a body of about, three hundred colored men and a long line of carriages, to the Capitol, where, in the rotunda beneath the dome of that magnificent building, thousands gathered to view the silent face, and shed the parting tear. At half-past 12 the casket was removed to the Senate-chamber, which, with Mr. Sumner's chair, was draped in mourning. A cross of flowers, sent by Miss Nellie Grant, was placed upon the casket; but a more noticeable offering was a broken column of violets and white azaleas, placed there by the hands of a colored girl. She had been rendered lame by being thrust from the cars of a railroad, whose charter Mr. Sumner, after hearing the girl's story, by a resolution in the Senate caused to be revoked. In the presence of the president and his cabinet, the members of Congress, the Judiciary, foreign legations, and a large concourse of reverent citizens