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d the public exercises were followed by a reception at Mr. Winthrop's house. and its succession of presidents, distinguished by the names of Savage, Winthrop, and Ellis, are an assurance of genuine merit in investigation. Theodore Parker, Wendell Phillips, and Henry Wilson, the last an historian as well as Senator and Vice-President, were not admitted to the Society. Richard Hildreth's History of the United States did not bring him membership while he remained in Boston, but after his removarmation which has come from devastating fires, from new or widened streets, and the conversion, in whole districts, of dwellings into warehouses, to find old landmarks; but it is harder still to find traces of that society which had cast out Wendell Phillips, well blooded as the best, and which now laid its heavy hand on Sumner, Palfrey, and Dana. George Ticknor's house, at the corner of Park and Beacon streets, facing the English elms on the Common, was the centre of the literary society of
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 30: addresses before colleges and lyceums.—active interest in reforms.—friendships.—personal life.—1845-1850. (search)
pes and aims of American youth. The hold which he then acquired on young men was far beyond that of any orator of the time; it opened the way to his political career, and it remained through life one of the chief sources of his strength. Wendell Phillips, in This sketch of Sumner in Johnson's Encyclopedia, states his remarkable fascinating with young men. Although Sumner had thus far appeared almost wholly before audiences in New England, he had become well known by his printed addressester my admission to the bar, say in 1835, I became interested in this. the earliest newspaper that I remember to have subscribed for was the Liberator. This was at a time when my schoolmate and fellow-student in college and the law school, Wendell Phillips, was still indifferent to the cause which has since occupied so much of his time. my views on this subject were known to all my friends. I have ever entertained a strong attachment to the Constitution and the Union. I am a Constitutionali
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 32: the annexation of Texas.—the Mexican War.—Winthrop and Sumner.—1845-1847. (search)
a speech on taking the chair. The other speakers were Palfrey, Sumner, and Hillard, Whigs; Wendell Phillips, Garrison, and W. H. Channing, Abolitionists; and H. B. Stanton, of the Liberty party. Sume to boycott a critic with social discipline and exclusion. Sumner was sometimes hurt by Wendell Phillips's attacks upon him, but bore them rather in sorrow than in anger. So far as the use of against his own protest. E. H. Hoar, while in full accord politically with the supporters of Mr. Phillips's set of resolutions, was satisfied with those reported by the committee. In deference to an re. Sumner was not combative by nature, as many or even most reformers are; and, unlike Wendell Phillips, he took no delight in a proud isolation. Phillips treated social aversion with that loftPhillips treated social aversion with that lofty scorn which those who saw him on the platform well remember, and which may still be seen in the lineaments of his face as preserved in photograph and marble. But Sumner was stung by censure, and pl
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 35: Massachusetts and the compromise.—Sumner chosen senator.—1850-1851. (search)
nd spirited speech on that side. To Longfellow, January 24:— Dear Henry,—Whittier is here on a short visit. I go to-night with Miss Bremer to hear Wendell Phillips, and to-morrow evening dine out, or I should insist upon taking him [Whittier] to you. He is staying at the Quincy hotel, in Brattle Street. I regret the ; Dana reported resolutions; Drawn by a committee of which Sumner was a member. Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. i. p. 172. and Palfrey, Wilson, Adams, S. C. Phillips, Keyes, and Erastus Hopkins, spoke from the platform. Illness kept Sumner away, but he was appointed on a committee. Reference was made to the rumors of Webstnator who was to be chosen by the next Legislature. The discussion was frank and earnest. Generally, excepting Wilson, those who had been Whigs-Palfrey, Adams, Phillips, Dana, and Samuel Hoar—opposed the coalition, Dr. Samuel G. Howe. who was not present, did not regard the coalition with entire favor. Dana, though opposing <
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 36: first session in Congress.—welcome to Kossuth.—public lands in the West.—the Fugitive Slave Law.—1851-1852. (search)
can, none finds less surprise or more pleasure than Yours most truly, Wendell Phillips. R. H. Dana, Jr., wrote, Dec. 11, 1851:— Your kind reception atmy very heart good, and make me love you, if possible, more than ever. Wendell Phillips wrote:— I congratulate you most sincerely on the happy issue of youron those who sympathize very fully, though not entirely, in his views. and Wendell Phillips. The latter in a letter to Sumner, April 27, said:— I have never, mton impolitic and wrong; Sumner felt hurt at this phrase in the speech; but Phillips claimed that being addressed to dissatisfied persons it was in the connection niversal Cyclopaedia and Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography. by Wendell Phillips and George W. Curtis respectively. He spoke no idle words; every sentence along said you would do, though I lamented you did not do it long ago. Wendell Phillips, though differing on some points, wrote, September 3:— I have read
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 37: the national election of 1852.—the Massachusetts constitutional convention.—final defeat of the coalition.— 1852-1853. (search)
els. To Theodore Parker, March 28:— I mourn the feud between brothers in antislavery. Controversy between Wendell Phillips and Horace Mann on the voting question. If Phillips, whom I love as an early comrade and faithful man, or Pillsbury,Phillips, whom I love as an early comrade and faithful man, or Pillsbury, Parker Pillsbury. rail at me for my small work in antislavery, I will not reply. To me the cause is so dear that I am unwilling to set myself against any of its champions. I would not add to their burdens by any word of mine. In proportion as ends seems more untenable and less practical, they cling to it with absolute desperation. If the skill and eloquence of Phillips as evinced in his late speech Jan. 27, 1853, on The Philosophy of the Abolition Movement. had been directed, not agaif past and present members of the Law School at Cambridge, an appointment which Mr. Choate filled two years before. Wendell Phillips wrote to Sumner, March 21, 1853, when the illustrated edition of White Slavery in the Barbary States Ante, p. 24. c
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 38: repeal of the Missouri Compromise.—reply to Butler and Mason.—the Republican Party.—address on Granville Sharp.—friendly correspondence.—1853-1854. (search)
before Edward G. Loring, a commissioner. On the evening of the 26th a body of citizens, leaving Faneuil Hall, where an immense meeting had been addressed by Wendell Phillips, Theodore Parker, F. W. Bird, and John L. Swift, proceeded to the court house, and endeavored to force an entrance. The attempt at a rescue failed; but in ted his remarks chiefly to a recent address issued by the anti-Nebraska members of Congress; but he took occasion to denounce such miserable miscreants as Parker, Phillips, and such kindred spirits; joined Batchelder and Joseph Warren as martyrs of liberty and law falling in the same great cause; and denounced the memorial as teemich, in New York and Boston, and on public conveyances. John A. Andrew regarded his recent rencontre with the wild beasts of Ephesus as a brilliant success. Wendell Phillips, as an old friend, wrote with an earnestness of approval which he rarely gave to any man. Richard H. Dana, Sr., recognized the manly dignity, the calm, consc
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 40: outrages in Kansas.—speech on Kansas.—the Brooks assault.—1855-1856. (search)
tive under his forced disability, longing to enter on the political campaign of 1856, one of the most exciting in all our history. Friends interposed with grave warnings to prevent premature activity which might prove fatal. Letters from Wendell Phillips, Josiah Quincy, Colfax, and Seward. He was obliged to content himself with open letters, urging support of the Republican candidates, which were read at public meetings or printed in the newspapers. Works, vol. IV. pp. 348-367. To Dwere displayed flags, festoons, and arches inscribed with Welcome and various tributes; indeed, all was done that a grateful people could do to testify their devotion to an admired and beloved statesman who had suffered for a great cause. Wendell Phillips, in his sketch of Sumner for Johnson's Encyclopedia, says that absence of display and interest in the occasion was noticeable on Beacon Street, the seat of old Boston families. W. F. Channing, in a letter to E. L. Pierce, states the same fa
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, chapter 14 (search)
the cause is won; if so, I should at once retire. Before me are fiercest battles, even at home in Boston; the slave-driving sentiment is still uppermost there. I long for you there once more. A discourse from you on Mr. Choate would have been another great sermon to the nation, wherein they would have seen that brilliant and lovely qualities could not cover treason to humanity. Rufus Choate was. after his death, the subject of a sermon by James Freeman Clarke and of an address by Wendell Phillips, in which those reformers took Sumner's and Parker's view of him. Pray, get well. God bless you! He remained at Bains Frascati six weeks, lodging at the hotel, where he took swimming baths daily, and had access to the public library and the Cercle du Commerce, which was well supplied with newspapers. Mr. A. N. Chrystie, an American merchant at Havre since 1849, and a fellow passenger with Sumner on the Vanderbilt, saw him frequently while he was at Bains Frascati. finding him,