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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 2: Parentage and Family.—the father. (search)
Dictionary. Edmund Quincy, in his Life of Josiah Quincy, p. 28, says of Mr. Pemberton: This gentlehis having offered two presidents-Kirkland and Quincy to Harvard. A sketch of Mr. Pemberton, writteohn L. Taylor. Boston, 1856. pp. 253-256. Josiah Quincy was, from 1778 to 1786, an inmate of Mr. F. II. pp. 42-48, containing an account by Josiah Quincy. Memorial of Abigail Stearns. Boston, 18Sabbath, to and from the meeting-house! Josiah Quincy, on the occasion of the death, in Decemberrly as 1799 he accepted an invitation from Josiah Quincy to a desk in his law-office; and was, whilo have charge of the office, and to sleep in Mr. Quincy's house on Pearl Street during his absences from the State. Mr. Quincy was soon absorbed in politics, as a leader of the Federal party, and soccupation than he had been following. To Josiah Quincy, whom he called his master, he wrote an ap the office of City Marshal, tendered him by Mr. Quincy, then Mayor. In 1825, his affairs took a [2 more...]
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 3: birth and early Education.—1811-26. (search)
of Salem, and Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, a native of Boston and an officer in the British navy. The sixth part—not a prominent one— was A Discussion on the Comparative Merits of the Present Age and the Age of Chivalry.—C. Sumner and H. W. Sargent. Six scholars, of whom Charles was one, each received a Franklin medal. His is still preserved, with the same blue ribbon which was then attached to it. In the afternoon, there was the customary dinner at Faneuil Hall, attended by the mayor, Josiah Quincy, the distinguished guests, the school-committee, and other municipal officers. The scholars who had been on that day decorated with the medals also attended. President Adams, who had since his father's recent death abstained from participation in festivities, made the occasion an exception. He was present at the dinner, and spoke with his usual energy and aptness. After a tribute to the worthies of Massachusetts in other days, and a reference to the recent commemoration of the lives <
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 4: College Life.—September, 1826, to September, 1830.—age, 15-19. (search)
es. was the instructor in French and Spanish, and Charles Follen in German and the civil law. Of the corps of teachers then in service, none survive. In 1829, Josiah Quincy succeeded Dr. Kirkland in the presidency of the college. Sumner occupied, in his Freshman year, the room numbered 17 Hollis Hall; in his Sophomore and Juniolinguist, and orator. Sumner was reluctant to take his-part, but yielded to the entreaty of his father, who was anxious that he should have the good opinion of Mr. Quincy, recently elected President of the College. Greek dialogues are ordinarily mere spectacles on such occasions; the language unintelligible to most of the audienbut honorable compeers on exhibition days, and the esteem in which the Faculty hold you is to me a source of satisfaction. The next day, his father wrote to President Quincy, expressing the hope that conferences which were usually assigned to students ranking from twenty to thirty in the scale would be hereafter discontinued, fo
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 5: year after College.—September, 1830, to September, 1831.—Age, 19-20. (search)
y breeze, which will bear him well on in the track of honor. Sumner neglected no opportunity to listen to the best public speakers. In September, he heard Josiah Quincy's address in the Old South Church, in commemoration of the close of the second century from the first settlement of Boston. An account of this occasion, with an extract from the address, is given in Mr. Quincy's Life, pp. 443-448. He attended a course of lectures given under the auspices of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. Among the lectures, of which he wrote out full notes, were those of Judge Davis on Natural History, James T. Austin on the History of Massachuslabor as some great lawyer did, as pleasure,—Labor ipse voluptas. And the gratification from labor is, indeed, the surest and most steadfast pleasure. . . . President Quincy has been completely successful; has done himself, the city, the State, honor. Centennial Oration, ante, p. 74. Webster, I understood, said it was the best
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 6: Law School.—September, 1831, to December, 1833.—Age, 20-22. (search)
marks of haste in composition, and is marred by digressions and wanting in compactness. President Quincy wrote him a note, requesting an interview in relation to the dissertation,—with what partic interest in him almost equal to that of their husbands. His friendship with the family of President Quincy, which began at this period, remained unbroken through life; and from them, in all the vicipreciative of women of superior refinement and excellence. Mrs. Waterston, a daughter of President Quincy, writes:— Charles Sumner entered his Senior year in 1830. The son of an old friend oost architectural and the best-built edifice belonging to the college,—was dedicated to the law. Quincy delivered a most proper address of an hour, full of his strong sense and strong language. Websthat have been wrought,—trees planted, common fenced, new buildings raised, and others designed. Quincy is a man of life, and infuses a vigor into all that he touches. Commencement Day,—it was a
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)
tween Sumner and Dr. Samuel G. Howe. Dr. Howe was born Nov. 10, 1801, and died Jan. 9, 1876. From 1824 to 1830 he was in Greece, serving that country in the army and in other capacities. From 1832 until his death he was an instructor of the blind, and engaged in philanthropic movements. Five hundred combatants were engaged, and a body of bystanders obstructed the streets. The Irish were worsted, and pursued to their homes. Well-known citizens-Abbott Lawrence, Robert C. Winthrop, Josiah Quincy, Jr., and others—supported Mayor Eliot, who was on the ground, in his efforts to restore order. Sumner went with them to the scene, and, then as always unconscious of personal fear, pushed into the thickest of the fight, where, his stature soon making him a target, he was struck down by a heavy missile. His intrepidity was so conspicuous as to draw the attention of Dr. Howe, who was there on a like errand. Their friendly acquaintance began then, but their intimacy belongs to the period f
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 11: Paris.—its schools.—January and February, 1838.—Age, 27. (search)
ere are opportunities afforded for knowledge in other departments, which are hardly less important. Besides, here, more perhaps than elsewhere in the world, the human heart is laid bare; you see people more as they appear in Angelo's representation of the great Judgment Day. On this I might enlarge: sat verbum. Though I have seen much to interest and instruct me, I have seen nothing which has weakened my attachment to my country; neither have I yet procured mustaches or a club cane, as President Quincy predicted. Why did the Northern members of Congress bear the infamous bullying of the South? Dissolve the Union, I say. Affectionately yours, C. S. Journal. Jan. 31, 1838. At seven o'clock this morning went with my friend Shattuck to the Hotel Dieu, an immense hospital where there are twelve hundred beds. Visited the wards of Roux; Joseph Philibert Roux, 1780-1854; an eminent surgeon and successor of Dupuytren at the Hotel Dieu. a very distinguished surgeon, who was
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 13: England.—June, 1838, to March, 1839.—Age, 27-28. (search)
ev. George E. Ellis, Unitarian divines, Joseph Coolidge, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cabot, and their daughter, afterwards Mrs. John E. Lodge,—all from Boston. The Cabots had chambers in Regent Street, near his own, and he found it pleasant to talk with them of social experiences in London. Thoughts of his vacant law-office disturbed him at times in the fulness of his enjoyments; and he revealed to friends his anxiety as to his future success in his profession, recurring to the prediction of President Quincy in their parting interview, that Europe would only spoil him. Ante, p. 198. Such thoughts appear in letters to Judge Story, Aug. 18, 1838; Dr. Lieber, Nov. 16 and Dec. 13, 1838; Hillard, Dec. 11, 1838, March 13, 1839; and Professor Greenleaf, Jan. 21, 1839. To Mr. Daveis he wrote, Dec. 6:— I begin to think of home and my profession. Tell me, as my friend, what are my chances at home. Will it be said that I have forgotten that law which some have given me the credit of knowi