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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 23: return to his profession.—1840-41.—Age, 29-30. (search)
ch attention from Joseph R. Ingersoll, and was warmly greeted by his old friends, Mr. Peters and family, who found him in presence and manners changed from the youth they had known six years before. At this time he formed a friendship with Theodore Sedgwick, of New York, with whom he had many common topics in law, literature, and foreign affairs; and their correspondence was continued for many years. The same year he was brought into personal relations with Jacob Harvey,—a gentleman of Irish ome pleasant dinners, seen some handsome women, and been to two balls. I like Halleck very much; have met him twice at dinner. He is clever, and much to the point in conversation. Cogswell inquired after you. He is as gay as ever. I met Theodore Sedgwick at dinner at the Coldens' (Mrs. Jeffrey's family). He appeared admirably. He is the cleverest and most gentlemanly person I have seen in New York, To Dr. Francis Lieber. Boston, Feb. 11, 1841. my dear Lieber,—To-day came to han
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 24: Slavery and the law of nations.—1842.—Age, 31. (search)
ith the municipal doctrines of a particular country. Letters approving his view came also from Rufus Choate and Theodore Sedgwick. The peculiar character of slave ownership as against common right, and existing only under positive municipal l hastened back to Lenox; thence to Lebanon, where I fell in with President Van Buren; thence to Saratoga, where I saw Miss Sedgwick, Mrs. C——, and Miss A——L——; thence to Catskill and the Falls, which I admired very much, West Point, New York, and hoknow when you sail. Do not fail to enjoy Catskill and West Point. They are both inexpressibly fine. I doubt if Theodore Sedgwick is at Stockbridge now. I wish you could see the hills of Berkshire, and the green shade which embowers the railroag as I could, I observed you on the taffrail of the Great Western, and then moved away, melancholy and slow. Lieber and Sedgwick dined with me at the Astor; and we consoled ourselves for your departure by speaking of your virtues, and of our lo
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)
urposes, and ends, during a long, active, conspicuous, devoted public life. There was never a more transparent character, or a more sincere man, or a more faithful public servant. then a lieutenant, but since a Rear Admiral in the navy—and Theodore Sedgwick sought the aid of Sumner's pen in giving a direction to public opinion favorable to Mackenzie, which Spencer's friends were seeking to enlist against him. The former wrote, Dec. 28, 1842: I make bold to ask you to lend your influence, throuest as you do in scenery, in Nature, and in green fields. It is understood that Webster will resign his office in a few days, if he has not done it already. A few days since, in New York, I saw Harvey, who seems to be growing stronger; and Sedgwick is in Boston, to take a farewell of his mother and sister, who sail in the steamer to-day. In this same steamer are Thomas Appleton and William Wadsworth, bound for Spain. Peel's speech in reply to Palmerston has given very great satisfacti
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, chapter 30 (search)
g its partisans Sumner counted personal friends, like George Bancroft and Theodore Sedgwick, with whose culture and generous thought he was in full sympathy; but theten recovery. Similar invitations came from John Jay, at Bedford, N. Y.; Theodore Sedgwick, in New York; Samuel Ward, on Staten Island; and Mr. Daveis, at Portland.heodore, whose widow was living at Stockbridge in 1844, was the father of Theodore Sedgwick, who was the friend and correspondent of Sumner, and the author of the Lato church, and arrived at Lenox some time before the second bell. I sat in Miss Sedgwick's room; time passed on. Mrs. Butler joined us; and time again passed on. Mrand how do things appear? My hosts return to town on Friday, Sept. 13; and Miss Sedgwick, one of your warmest friends and admirers, goes on the 15th. Adieu I Evle read the First Act of MacBETHeth, and sing a ballad. To-day, drove with Miss Sedgwick and Miss R. S. to Stockbridge, where I passed the day. To Dr. Howe he w
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)
Up to this time he had delivered no oration or address, nor participated in any public discussion. The few didactic lectures on law topics read before Lyceums do not seem to call for a qualification of this statement. Ante, Vol. I. pp. 153, 154. During the years 1840-45, as always, Sumner gave a considerable portion of his time to correspondence. Besides writing to his English and other foreign friends and to his brother George, he wrote to many American friends,--Dr. Lieber, Theodore Sedgwick, Benjamin D. Silliman, John Jay, Jacob Harvey, Samuel Ward, George Gibbs, Charles S. Daveis, George W. Greene, Thomas Crawford, Edward Everett (then Minister to England), Theodore S. Fay, Rufus Choate (while in the Senate),—and to his intimate friends, Cleveland, Longfellow, Hillard, and Howe, when they were travelling. Then as always a friend's handwriting gave him the keenest enjoyment. No day was to him complete, whose morning mail did not bring him a packet of letters; and all wh
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)
commending its elevated sentiments, full scholarship, and ability, questioned its logical results; to wit, the disarming of nations and the abandonment of fortifications and all war preparations. Among those who wrote thus, either briefly stating their doubt, or treating more at length the use of force between nations—in addition to others whose letters are more particularly referred to—were Professor Andrews Norton, Rev. Dr. N. L. Frothingham, Peleg W. Chandler, Alexander H. Everett, Theodore Sedgwick, and Henry T. Tuckerman. The most thoughtful treatment of his discourse was contained in the letters of Prof. Norton, Richard H. Dana, Jr., and T. Flower Ellis, whose suggestions independently given are in singular accord. Of those who approved the oration without stating any qualification, very few were non-resistants or distinctively peace men; most of them simply believed the war spirit inhuman and unchristian: but they were not disposed to insist that a statement of the argumen