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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 35: Massachusetts and the compromise.—Sumner chosen senator.—1850-1851. (search)
t of small but rapacious critics in classical times—was called in question on the ground that the phrase, at least in the sense applied to it by Webster, had no classical authority. This brought Professor Felton into the controversy, who defended Webster at length, and drew an opposite view from Professor Beck. Sumner took Mann's part in some newspaper articles, but avoided an issue with Felton. Boston Transcript, July 29 and Aug. 2, 1850, each signed Boston Latin School. Sigma (Lucius M. Sargent) replied to them. Sumner replied under the signature of X in the Christian Register, July 13 and Aug. 3, 1850, to a writer in the same newspaper, June 29 and July 27, signing R, and supposed by Sumner to be Ticknor. The point of controversy in the Register was as to Webster's and Mann's statements of the requirement of a trial by jury under the Constitution in the case of persons claimed as slaves. Two visible mementos of the controversy concerning Webster remain in the statues of W