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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 1: Ancestry. (search)
it, soon after, to be repaired, through the good offices of his friend, Colonel Josiah H. Vose. Major Sumner's estate was valued at about $12,000. It consisted chiefly of land-warrants, one of which was for forty-six hundred acres, and of securities of the United States and of the State of Georgia, which had risen in value with the adoption of the National Constitution. The most interesting items of the inventory were a Shakspeare in eight volumes, Smith's Wealth of Nations, Don Quixote, Junius, Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom, Boswell's Tour, Anecdotes of Dr. Johnson, and a History of England. Among other books left by him was Lord Chesterfield's Letters to his Son. His traits of character appear quite clearly in his son's manuscript records and the traditions of his birthplace. He was a man of genuine courage, adventurous spirit, and capacity for affairs; generous with his money, and faithful in all trusts. He took life merrily, and rejected the severity of the Purita
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 15: the Circuits.—Visits in England and Scotland.—August to October, 1838.—age, 27. (search)
last Edinburgh on Chatham. July, 1838, Vol. LXVII. pp. 436-460, Character of Lord Chatham. He spoke of the article at table this morning, and seemed to be quite interested in the character of that statesman. He thought that the authorship of Junius would never be discovered, and said that Horne Tooke said the author must have been a man in office, and a damned rascal. The Duke of Gloucester, pleased with his success in extracting the above affair of Necker from Wilberforce, at the same table turned round to Lord Grenville, and said, My Lord, they say you know the author of Junius. No answer; and the question was impertinently repeated. I have never said so, was the reply of Lord Grenville in a very decided manner; and silence reigned in the company for more than five minutes. After breakfast, I sat in the library talking with Mrs. Brougham, who told me that she was eighty-six. She said that she thought the efforts for slave emancipation were the greatest and most honorable t