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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 16: events at home.—Letters of friends.—December, 1837, to March, 1839.—Age 26-28. (search)
the Atlantic,—the beginning of that ocean steam-navigation which was to give a new force to civilization. The first arrival of the Sirius and,Great Western at New York was on April 23, 1838. Nineteen years earlier, the Savannah made a single experimental trip. At Harvard College and the Law School all was well. Two terms a year now took the place of three; elective studies were allowed, and lectures admitted in part as a substitute for recitations. The new Library—Gore Hall—built of Quincy granite, was rising. The Law School numbered seventy pupils; and Professor Greenleaf, sole instructor when Judge Story was absent on judicial service, found himself overburdened with work. In literature there was new activity. Prescott's Ferdinand and Isabella, his first work, was winning golden opinions, and he was making researches for his Conquest of Mexico. Cleveland was writing the Life of Henry Hudson for Sparks's American Biography, and editing Sallust. Hillard was completing h<
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 18: Stratford-on-avon.—Warwick.—London.—Characters of judges and lawyers.—authors.—society.—January, 1839, to March, 1839.—Age, 28. (search)
n like Mrs. Montagu, herself the friend of Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Parr. Her letter to me, describing the character of Parr, I shall enclose. You will also find Lord Lansdowne's note herewith; in it, besides what is personal to myself, there is a profession of friendliness to our country that is interesting from such a source. Mrs. Montagu's kind language about me may show you that I am not yet entirely perverted by Europe; that I have not ceased to be American,—least, that all of President Quincy's predictions have not come to pass. Do you wonder that I quit England full of love and kindly feeling? I have found here attached friends; I have been familiar with poets and statesmen, with judges and men of fashion, with lawyers and writers,—and some of all these I claim as loved friends. I seem to have almost lost the capacity for further enjoyment in my travels, so much have I had in England. For all this I trust I am duly grateful. You will hear from me next in Paris; perha
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 23: return to his profession.—1840-41.—Age, 29-30. (search)
es as I have ever seen. I did not see two boys in all Germany, fruitful mother of children, who pleased me so much as those two of Mittermaier. God give him joy in them! . . . I have just returned from a visit of three or four weeks to New York and Philadelphia, where I saw men and women of all sorts. Chancellor Kent was as kind and affection to me as ever; Joseph R. Ingersoll, very hospitable . . . Remember me most kindly to your wife. As ever yours, Charles Sumner. To President Quincy, Cambridge. Boston, Feb. 12, 1841. my dear Sir,—I cannot forbear intruding upon you, to say how much I have been gratified by your remarks before the Board of Overseers, as reported in this morning's Advertiser. Most sincerely do I wish you success in your honorable endeavors to raise the standard of education among us; and I can see no better step towards that consummation than the one you propose, so far as I am acquainted with it. Let the degree of A. B. stand for what it is wor
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 24: Slavery and the law of nations.—1842.—Age, 31. (search)
sior one of the most beautiful things ever written; that it filled her with admiration for your genius and character. I told her that I would let you know what she said. Cleveland was there, and Hillard and Prescott, and we all talked of you. This morning Hillard's lines appear. Boston Advertiser. Lines addressed to the ship Ville de Lyons [in which Longfellow was to be a passenger], which sails from New York for Havre to-morrow, April 24. They excite universal admiration. Judge Story, Quincy, Prescott, Greenleaf, all admire them. Howe wrote me a note this morning, telling me that illness prevented his going down to make his last adieus to you. Enjoy Europe, gain your health, and with fresh happiness return to make some of us happy! Ever your loving friend, Charles Sumner. To his brother George. Boston, April 30, 1842. dear George,—Welcome to England, His brother was about to go from the Continent to England. on your way to the West! How does it sound to hear a
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 25: service for Crawford.—The Somers Mutiny.—The nation's duty as to slavery.—1843.—Age, 32. (search)
y dear sir, with sincere regard, Faithfully yours, Charles Sumner. To Mrs. Quincy, Cambridge. Court Street, May 30, 1843. my dear Mrs. Quincy,—I should beMrs. Quincy,—I should be cold indeed, if I received in silence the very, very kind letter which you have been so good as to write me. Sumner had sent to his old friend, Mrs. Quincy, the Mrs. Quincy, the wife of the President of Harvard University, a letter he had received from Mrs. Basil Montagu, which expressed the hope that, after having acquired a fortune, he wouts would hardly be appreciated in the United States. Ante, Vol. II, p. 160. Mrs. Quincy, in a note to him, reviewed in a pleasant way the literary and personal topir has opened my heart, and I write as from soul to soul. Believe me, dear Mrs. Quincy, with affectionate regard, Very sincerely yours, Charles Sumner. To t the oration was, without question, the finest he had ever heard; and old President Quincy spoke of it as the finest piece of eloquence he had ever heard. I arm mys
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 27: services for education.—prison discipline.—Correspondence.— January to July, 1845.—age, 34. (search)
He urged more exacting terms for admission, and a severe examination for degrees, approving President Quincy's efforts in this direction; Ante, Vol. II. p. 173. and conferred in person and by letteru heard that the students of Harvard College have voted to request you to execute a bust of President Quincy? The bust was executed by Crawford, and has recently been removed from the College Library to Memorial Hall. President Quincy lived to the age of ninety-two, maintaining to the last his interest in public affairs, and in whatever concerned the welfare of mankind. The President, after a onfine their order to the limits of their pockets, and propose a bust only. I propose a statue. Quincy will make an admirable statue in his robes as President of the College; and the Library of the Ctled under Howe's roof. The Crawfords and A——are there also. Crawford is making a bust of President Quincy, at the request of the students of Harvard College. We hope to give him an order for a ful
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)
uerable energies and his masculine eloquence, at a later period by the unsurpassed ability with which he administered the affairs of our city; now, in a green old age, full of years and honors, preparing to lay down his present high trust. Hon. Josiah Quincy. Such is Harvard University; and as one of the humblest of her children, happy in the recollection of a youth nurtured in her classic retreats, I cannot allude to her without an expression of filial affection and respect. It appears fre's biography, and is the last one of any interest which he wrote. He was at the time anticipating busy years of authorship and instruction in the Law School; but his life ended after a rapid illness on Sept. 10, at the age of sixty-six. President Quincy, who had read Judge Story's letter, wrote frankly, Nov. 21:— The views of Judge Story are coincident with mine; and from the length and breadth of your doctrine as to war I am compelled to dissent not less than he. I regard such ultra