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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 52: Tenure-of-office act.—equal suffrage in the District of Columbia, in new states, in territories, and in reconstructed states.—schools and homesteads for the Freedmen.—purchase of Alaska and of St. Thomas.—death of Sir Frederick Bruce.—Sumner on Fessenden and Edmunds.—the prophetic voices.—lecture tour in the West.—are we a nation?1866-1867. (search)
racter and resources. Sumner's prophetic instinct and faithful description are the topic of a leader in the Boston Advertiser, Aug. 25, 1888. He wrote to Agassiz, June 4:— I am glad to know that you have read my speech, or disquisition. You will observe the multiplicity of topics which I was obliged to treat. I hope that I have not made any very great blunders. I have referred only to the authorities which I examined or used. I know the debt to Berghaus; but I had before in Keith Johnston's vulgarization in English with Rogers's additions. I hope you will examine the pen-and-ink copy of the map of 1566 with the stretto di Anian, which is my most curious discovery in all this research. This you will find at the Coast Survey. I had two works of Kittlitz, —one in German and the other in English. Sumner put into his speech an intimation that the Senate should have been consulted in advance as to the treaty, Mr. Seward submitted in 1862 to the Senate the draught of a