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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 40: outrages in Kansas.—speech on Kansas.—the Brooks assault.—1855-1856. (search)
and at length, March 19, a resolution was carried for sending an investigating committee to the Territory. This, following the election of a Republican speaker, was the second victory of the opponents of slavery. One member of the committee, John Sherman of Ohio, was destined to occupy a large place in the history of his country. The committee arrived at Lawrence, April 18, and after a prolonged investigation made a full report, in which Howard and Sherman joined (Oliver of Missouri dissentiSherman joined (Oliver of Missouri dissenting). the committee found as a conclusion that the territorial legislature was by reason of fraud and violence an illegal body, and all its acts void. The general debate on Kansas in the Senate was reserved until the committee on territories made its report, March 12, when, contrary to the custom, Douglas himself read the majority report, occupying two hours, and Collamer read that of the minority, occupying an hour,—both being read from the desk. Sumner described the scene in his eulogy o
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 43: return to the Senate.—the barbarism of slavery.—Popular welcomes.—Lincoln's election.—1859-1860. (search)
er to be his guest at Silver Springs, but Sumner declined, wishing to be near the Capitol. At a reception the same evening at Mr. Blair's the speech was the principal topic of conversation. There was talk of violence in barrooms and similar resorts in Washington, but the only overt act was the intrusion of a Southern man four days after into Sumner's lodgings, who was offensive in speech and manner, and signified his purpose to come again. Sumner's friends,— among them Wilson, Burlingame, Sherman, and A. B. Johnson, --took precautions, though not at Sumner's instance, and even against his protest. Works, vol. v. pp. 127-129; Scribner's Magazine, August, 1874, pp. 483-486; Recollections of Charles Sumner, by A. B. Johnson; New York Evening Post. June 11; New York Herald, June 11; New York Tribune, June 11. The Tribune's correspondent, June 5, thought that only prudence restrained the Southern party, as the speech was more severe than the one made in 1856. He notified Wilson of