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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 2: Parentage and Family.—the father. (search)
neral Discourses of Rev. Samuel Sewall, and of her son, Rev. Jonathan F. Stearns. Boston, 1859. Charles Pinckney Sumner entered Harvard College in 1792, and graduated in 1796. The members of his class who became most widely known were Dr. James Jackson, the eminent physician, who survived till 1867; Rev. Dr. Leonard Woods; and John Pickering. Charles Sumner's tributes to Mr. Pickering are well known. Biographical Sketch of the late John Pickering, Works, Vol. I. p. 214; The Scholar (rman, Greenwood, Pierpont, and Lyman Beecher. His son Charles, and his son's classmates, Hopkinson and Browne, were, once at least, among the youngest guests. He gave a dinner, in 1831, to surviving classmates; at which were present Pickering, Jackson, Thacher, Mason, and Dixwell. He made the duties and history of his office the subject of elaborate research. He read to the bar, and published in the American Jurist, July, 1829, a learned exposition of the points of difference between the
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 7: study in a law office.—Visit to Washington.—January, 1854, to September, 1834.—Age, 23. (search)
with warmth of the present politics; thought Jackson would ruin us; wanted to go to Washington, buuld be obliged to see much company, call upon Jackson, and dine with him perhaps, all of which he cto give his regards to Judge Story; but as to Jackson, he had none for him. Kent has great simplaving the great weight of talent, are against Jackson and his measures relating to the deposits. I the fate of the measure. If they go against Jackson, their large delegation will swing round directly, and give the day to the opposition. Jackson is represented as uncompromising and violent, deved every day and proclaimed in both Houses. Jackson is obdurate. Sanguine hopes are entertained listened. He delivered a violent attack upon Jackson, and a vehement exhortation to the people to have been in many of its rooms, and seen General Jackson (the old tyrant), who appeared very infiravor to show, to-morrow or next day, that General Jackson has deliberately aimed to engross all the
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 8: early professional life.—September, 1834, to December, 1837.—Age, 23-26. (search)
always delighted—it amounts almost to a monomania in me—to see any such missive from abroad, or to hear personal, literary, or legal news about the distinguished men of whom I read. . . . Mrs. Guild very kindly read to me, a few evenings since, portions of late letters from Mr. and Mrs. Ticknor. They spoke of a dinner at Lord Holland's, where Mr. T. conversed much with Lord Melbourne about literature, our politics, &c., the latter giving the palm to our present chief-magistrate President Jackson. over all present and past statesmen of our country; also of a delightful concert at Lord Landsdowne's, and visits to Joanna Baillie and Mrs. Somerville. Life of George Ticknor, Vol. I. pp. 408, 412, 413. They were to start the day after the date of the last letter (July 24) for Ireland. Perhaps you have heard these particulars from other quarters. The Law School is flourishing beyond a parallel, containing now upwards of fifty students. Believe me, with great esteem, Mos
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 11: Paris.—its schools.—January and February, 1838.—Age, 27. (search)
me I must abandon them immediately; and he assisted me in getting lodgings on the same side of the river with himself. I have changed again since he established me, and am now in the same house with George Shattuck. Dr. George C. Shattuck, a physician of Boston, always a valued friend of Sumner. They were fellow-students in college, and also in the Law School. You may be glad to hear that he is doing more honor to himself and his country than any other young American has done since James Jackson. A young physician of Boston, who, after professional studies in Paris, died in 1834, soon after his return home. Travel and residence abroad have had their best influence upon him. . . . Have you read Tocqueville's Democracy in America? During his first two months in Paris, Sumner employed his time almost solely in acquiring the capacity to speak the French language. He had studied it in college, but could not use it in conversation. Repeatedly, in his journal and letters, he