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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 28: the city Oration,—the true grandeur of nations.—an argument against war.—July 4, 1845.—Age 34. (search)
rom Portsmouth, N. H., July 9, warmly congratulating Sumner on the full and triumphant success of the oration which had been reported from various sources,—its strength and eloquence taking captive the audience, although encountering deep and long-seated prejudices, and delivered before the military; mentioning the eagerness with which the newspaper reports were read in his town, and urging the immediate publication of a large edition, to be circulated in this country and in Europe. Rev. John Pierpont,—preacher, poet, and always an aggressive reformer,—wrote from Niagara Falls, July 17:— Permit me to congratulate you upon your success,—if I hear aright, your great success; to congratulate you upon your opportunity; to congratulate you upon your courage. You will live to regard the Fourth of July, 1845, as the red-letter day in the calendar of your life. Don't be disquieted at the jeers, or discouraged at the dark looks, or pushed out of your high-way by the cold shoulders t