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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)
tion, I saw written out in its many-tinted forest the letters U. S.; and it made my heart beat quick: it was a glimpse at my country.I was lonesome in the boat, and all day sighed for somebody to commune with, better and more interesting than myself; and, looking at the shores and then the water, I thought of our late conversations about common friends, and wished you were with me. And so ends the chronicle of a day . . . Boston, Oct. 6, 1841.—I came across the country, from Hudson via; Pittsfield and Springfield, home . . . . Longfellow has written a beautiful little poem,— Excelsior,—which I hope to send you, when it is published. . . . Webster passed through Boston day before yesterday, on his way to Marshfield. Judge Story and Abbott Lawrence both side with the Cabinet, and think Webster has made a mistake in remaining. Ticknor, who has returned from Woods' Hole, remains firmly his friend. I was told, in the west of Massachusetts, that the Whigs disapproved his course. Le<
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 24: Slavery and the law of nations.—1842.—Age, 31. (search)
e North River; but I have been the length of that river three times, in the course of this summer, and my time is limited; so that I must see you in New York, in order to enjoy the last of you, and give you a parting God speed! Let me know 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 railroad between Pittsfield and Springfield; then the valley of the Connecticut,—at least, as far as Northampton, a lovely village. But Catskill and West Point are better worth seeing even than all these. Ever affectionately yours, Charles Sumner. To Lord Morpeth. Boston, Oct. 1, 1842. my dear Morpeth,—As long 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 departu
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, chapter 30 (search)
Williamstown. Among well-known residents of Pittsfield, whose courtesies he received, was George N.rope sixteen months, and who came at once to Pittsfield. Leaving Berkshire with strength renewed, hrs, bestow it upon me. Care of Mr. Appleton, Pittsfield. God bless you, dearest Howe, and welcome Charles Sumner. To Dr. Samuel G. Howe. Pittsfield, Sept. 8, 1844. my dear Howe,—Since you w friends are so kind, that I shall linger in Pittsfield or Lenox the greater part, perhaps all, of ny illness. C. S. To George S. Hillard. Pittsfield, Tuesday Evening, Sept. 10, 1844. my dearMrs. Butler proposed to accompany me back to Pittsfield on horseback. I stayed to the cold dinner, lock, to send horsemen on all the roads from Pittsfield in search of me. My appearance was the signaEver thine, C. S. To Dr. Samuel G. Howe. Pittsfield, Wednesday Evening, Sept. 11, 1844. my de Ever thine, C. S. To George S. Hillard. Pittsfield, Sept. 12, 1844. dear Hillard,—. . . I ho[5 more...]<
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)
and the Peace Society are desirous of circulating it as a tract. The secretary wishes to obtain subscriptions for this purpose. I told him that you and Hillard could undoubtedly aid him in this work; so also would Howe, who is very earnest in helping up the sun of our new Paradise. Let me thank you again very much for your sympathy, and for the eloquent extract from your sermon. I am glad, too, in Mrs. W.'s kind words. Ever sincerely yours, Charles Sumner. To Nathan Appleton, Pittsfield. Boston, Aug. 18, 1845. dear Mr. Appleton,—I ought to have thanked you earlier for your kind appreciation of my labors; but while I thank you, I am tempted to grapple with your suggestions against my conclusions. 1. You believe in the law of force. I believe that the age has passed for physical force between nations. My chief argument stands on the parallel between war and the trial by battle; and I wish to urge upon nations that they are now governed by the same rules of barbarous