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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4 2 0 Browse Search
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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 49: letters to Europe.—test oath in the senate.—final repeal of the fugitive-slave act.—abolition of the coastwise slave-trade.—Freedmen's Bureau.—equal rights of the colored people as witnesses and passengers.—equal pay of colored troops.—first struggle for suffrage of the colored people.—thirteenth amendment of the constitution.— French spoliation claims.—taxation of national banks.— differences with Fessenden.—Civil service Reform.—Lincoln's re-election.—parting with friends.—1863-1864. (search)
ous ability. In his last illness, hearing a report, which proved incorrect, that Sumner was very ill, he expressed his regret at the loss the country would suffer by Sumner's death, and his satisfaction that their differences had been settled and that they were now good friends. Sumner was touched by these expressions when they were communicated to him, and was sad to think that the happy intercourse and co-operation in the public service which he had looked forward to were terminated. A. L. Hobson to Sumner, Sept. 3, 1869, and in the Portland Press, Nov. 20, 1876; New York Independent, Sept. 16, 1869. Sumner as the survivor paid a heart-felt and discriminating tribute to Fessenden. Dec. 14, 1869. Works, vol. XIII. pp. 189-194. Certain passages in Sumner's eulogy on Senator Collamer, Dec. 14, 1865, to which Fessenden listened, were supposed to refer to the latter (Works, vol. x. p. 40): Though at times earnest, he was never bitter. He never dropped into the debate any poisone