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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 1: Ancestry. (search)
ery men, and bore a distinguished part in the war of the Rebellion. By the second marriage By the same marriage he had, as his thirteenth and last child, Jesse, who was the father of Harriot, the second wife of Nathan Appleton of Boston, a member of Congress in 1831-33, and again in 1842. It may be noted, that one of Mr. Appleton's daughters, by his first marriage, married Robert J. Mackintosh, who was the son of Sir James, the English publicist and historian; and another married Henry W. Longfellow, the poet. he had Job, his ninth child, who was the father of Charles Pinckney Sumner, and the grandfather of Charles Sumner. The following are reliable authorities concerning the genealogy of the Sumner Family: Memoir of Increase Sumner, Governor of Massachusetts, by his son, William H. Sumner: together with a genealogy of the Sumner Family, prepared by William B. Trask; Boston, 1854. New England Historical and Genealogical Register, April, 1854, and October, 1855. History of East
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 2: Parentage and Family.—the father. (search)
shield and grace the trunk's majestic height; Through long succeeding years and centuries live, No vigor losing from the aid they give. This is quoted by Charles Sumner at the close of his address, Are we a nation, delivered Nov. 19, 1867: Works, Vol. XII. p. 249. It was then the fashion for aspiring youth to attempt verses after the style of Pope's grave and sonorous periods. But there was little of genuine inspiration in American poetry prior to the period which gave to it Bryant, Longfellow, Whittier, Holmes, and Lowell. Leaving college, young Sumner accepted the place of an assistant in the Billerica Academy, of which his former teacher, Mr. Pemberton, had become the principal. While here he received a playful letter from his classmate, Leonard Woods, then at Cambridge, who had been enlivening his theological studies, which he had pursued at Princeton, with the reading of Don Quixote, Cecilia, and other novels; Shakspeare, Ossian, Pope, and the Spectator; and admiring Be
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)
Clubs. They were near to each other in age; Longfellow being thirty, Felton twenty-nine, Hillard anrship. A single interview, in 1835, between Longfellow and Sumner, in Felton's room, was their onlydies, plans, and hopes, and of Europe,—which Longfellow and Cleveland had seen, and which the othersProfessor Greenleaf's. He as well as Felton, Longfellow, and Cleveland found genial society in the hovernment to take some steps in the matter. Longfellow has returned home, having arrived only threeer. He is truly your friend and admirer. Longfellow left the Appletons in Switzerland. Mrs. New faithfully yours, Chas. Sumner. To Henry W. Longfellow, Portland. Professor Longfellow was Professor Longfellow was then visiting his father at Portland. 4 Court St., Aug. 15, 1837. my dear Longfellow,—. . . FeltLongfellow,—. . . Felton is very much better than when you left; so that to-day he dined with me at the Tremont. A good son, returned to occupy your new rooms. Prof. Longfellow began in Sept., 1837, to occupy rooms at [2 more...
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 9: going to Europe.—December, 1837.—Age, 26. (search)
several pages,—to his sister Julia, to young Frick, a law student in whose progress he had conceived an interest while the latter was an undergraduate, and himself an instructor in the Law School; to Mr. Daveis, Dr. Lieber, Professor Greenleaf, Longfellow, Cleveland, and Hillard. His luggage included a large number of books, copies of the Jurist, of his Reports, and of the treatises of Judge Story, intended for presentation by himself or on behalf of the judge to English lawyers and judges. d, presented some unexpected impediment. But now the day is within my grasp,—a few hours, that may be counted soon, with their swift-running sands, are all that is left. I yesterday talked with Fletcher The Misses Appleton, afterwards Mrs. Longfellow and Mrs. Mackintosh. about your Political Ethics. We debated the question, whether a citizen should be obliged, under a penalty, to vote, as he is to serve on the jury. If voting be a duty and not a privilege, should not the duty be enforc
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 11: Paris.—its schools.—January and February, 1838.—Age, 27. (search)
o, and Lamartine. During his sojourn in Paris, he wrote fully of his experiences to Judge Story, Hillard, Greenleaf, Longfellow, Felton, Cleveland, Charles S. Daveis, Dr. Lieber, and William W. Story. Most of these letters, as well as some to his I only saw the outside of a small portion. This place will necessarily require several future visits. To Professor Henry W. Longfellow, Cambridge. Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1838. my dear Longfellow,—. . . I wish that Hillard and Felton couldLongfellow,—. . . I wish that Hillard and Felton could enjoy Europe. They need it, and their minds are ripe for it. How often have I thought of the thrill with which they would survey the objects I daily see. Tell Felton to come out immediately and pass a good half-year at Paris; there is enough to conns. The French, by the way, are just waking up on that subject; and also on that of railroads. A good letter, my dear Longfellow, to the care of the Barings, London, is the amend to be made for past negligence. As ever, faithfully yours, Chas.
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 13: England.—June, 1838, to March, 1839.—Age, 27-28. (search)
the great Centenary of Independence. He ranks among us with those Americans whom we would most willingly recognize as our countrymen,—Everett, Ticknor, Adams, Longfellow, Motley, and Winthrop,—all, I think, citizens of Massachusetts, and all equally welcome to England. In some respects, Sumner was the most genial of them all. Hwill be better than they deserve; and, should it be otherwise, I shall feel equally indebted to you.—Prescott's Life, pp. 339, 340. He sought the publication of Longfellow's poems, The Voices of the Night was not published till 1839. who was as yet known in England chiefly by his Outre-Mer; and made similar efforts for Richard law-books, and courts; to Hillard of scholars, society, and personal experiences; and with less frequency and detail to Professor Greenleaf, Felton, Cleveland, Longfellow, Dr. Lieber, Mr. Daveis, and a few others. These letters were written with no view to publication or even preservation, but simply for the gratification of fri<
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 14: first weeks in London.—June and July, 1838.—Age, 27. (search)
ment on arriving at London, when I found no letter from you! The Barings had sent all my letters, except one or two, to my brother at St. Petersburg. Do thank Longfellow for his capital letter, which by good luck stayed behind; also Lawrence, for his hearty, friendly lines; and Greenleaf for his lamentation over the changing spifame, has been offered the British Consulate at Boston. The Ministry will be glad to get rid of him. As ever, yours affectionately. Chas. Sumner. To Henry W. Longfellow, Cambridge. Alfred Club, London, June 15, 1838. dear Longfellow,—I found your cheering letter, welcome-like, on my arrival in London. It did me good toLongfellow,—I found your cheering letter, welcome-like, on my arrival in London. It did me good to read it, for it carried me back to times of converse, when we have talked over some of the things and sights which are now challenging my admiration. But books and conversation,—what do they do towards initiation into the real mysteries of travel? It is a Freemasonry, which is only revealed to those who have taken the traveller<
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)
ng to save the ministry so often, says Westminster Abbey is yawning for him! . . . I hope I do not repeat myself; but writing as I do, at inns and clubhouses, and with my mind full fraught with what I have seen or heard, I hardly know what I write. You will not count me vain for communicating to you what I have with regard to the kindness extended to me. I pour out my heart to my friends, and I doubt not I shall have their sympathy. I should be glad to have Cleveland, Felton, Cushing, Longfellow, Lawrence, and Greenleaf see my letters, if they care about it. All this, however, I confide to your discretion. Perhaps you will not hear from me again for a month; for I am going north, and probably shall not write till my return to Liverpool on my embarkation for Ireland. I hope you will write me about all the matters mentioned in my last despatch to you, at length, and in your most closely-written hand. . Would that I could imitate you. Good-by. As ever, affectionately yours, C