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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 30: addresses before colleges and lyceums.—active interest in reforms.—friendships.—personal life.—1845-1850. (search)
an and Algerian slavery, and those reduced will form admirable illustrations. Sumner wrote to Mrs. George Bancroft (her husband being then in England as United States minister), Jan. 1, 1847:— Mr. Everett seems very unhappy in his place. The duties press upon him, and he foregoes society and recreation of all kinds. I fear that he has failed to make such an impression at Cambridge as will make it agreeable for him to stay. To Lord Morpeth, January 31:— Emerson lives at Concord, about twenty miles from Boston, passing a studious or rather sylvan life, walking much in the fields and woods, and pencilling thoughts that occur in his rambles. He is simple in his habits, pure in his character, most poetic and refined in his moods of thought. He is not a man of the world, and yet there are few who draw attention by the pen whose conversation and personal presence commend them more than his. His published essays were first read as lectures in Boston, and his silver-ton
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 35: Massachusetts and the compromise.—Sumner chosen senator.—1850-1851. (search)
d not wish to be again pitted against Mr. Winthrop, now the Whig candidate for governor. The coalition again carried the State, though by a somewhat reduced majority; but the Democratic members who voted against Sumner were not re-elected. Boutwell was chosen governor by the Legislature over Winthrop. The result was treated as an approval of the political revolution of the preceding year. To Longfellow, may 8:— I cannot repress me delight in what I hear of Emerson's utterance at Concord. For an hour and a half he laid bare our evils and their author. Mr. Webster. This address of Mr. Emerson was not published; but he followed the same line of thought in his treatment of the Fugitive Slave law and Mr. Webster at the Tabernacle in New York, March 7, 1854. Emerson's Works, vol XI. pp. 205-230. I have more satisfaction in this voice on our side than in that of any politician. So little am I prepared for my new fellowship! To John Jay, May 23:— My aim, while atte
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 38: repeal of the Missouri Compromise.—reply to Butler and Mason.—the Republican Party.—address on Granville Sharp.—friendly correspondence.—1853-1854. (search)
tray vote in the negative, that the repeal of the Missouri prohibition was a perfidious and wicked act. For illustration, only two negative votes were given in Concord and Stoughton; while in Bridgewater, Dedham, Westboroa, South Reading, Fitchburg, and Northampton there was no dissent. Public meetings, thronged by citizens irred American citizens, and among the victims was one of that African race which you so much despise. Almost within sight is Bunker Hill; further off, Lexington and Concord. Amidst these scenes a slave-hunter from Virginia appears, and the disgusting rites begin by which a fellow-man is sacrificed. Sir, can you wonder that our peopromise, looked to the maintenance of the Whig party as the vanguard of the great army of constitutional liberty. Meantime a popular movement for a union began at Concord, in a meeting held June 22, where a committee of correspondence, with Samuel Hoar and Ralph Waldo Emerson as members, was appointed. This committee invited a lar
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)
, at a dinner on the day after hearing of the assault, proposed as a toast, The re-election of Charles Sumner. (Longfellow's Journal and Letters, vol. II. p. 280.) In his speech he stated his opposition to Sumner at the time of his election, and said that now if he had live hundred votes, every one should be given to send him back again. Longfellow, Beck, and Worcester, scholars; Buckingham, the veteran editor; and R. H. Dana, Jr., equally distinguished at the bar and in literature. At Concord, E. Rockwood Hoar read the resolutions, and Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke. Nothing finer ever came from that earnest and philosophic mind. He applied to Sumner the language which Bishop Burnet applied to Sir Isaac Newton, and said, Charles Sumner has the whitest soul I ever knew. This passage was repeated by Judge Hoar to Sumner a few moments before the latter's death. He said:— Well, sir, this noble head, so comely and so wise, must be the target for a pair of bullies to beat with c
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)
loquent passages, and the whole is marked by a cadence and resonance of style, and a sympathy with noble lives, which recall his earlier commemoration of Channing and Story. 1 Works, vol. v. p. 369-429. The lecture was printed at New York in pamphlet from a reporter's notes, without the author's revision. It was rewritten and repeated in 1870 at many places in the Western as well as Eastern States. It was delivered once before the election in Boston October 1, and after the election at Concord, where he was Emerson's guest, and also at Providence and Lowell; and on each of these three occasions he was waited upon after his return from the hall by companies of Wide-Awakes, to whom he replied with counsels for moderation in victory, and also for firm resistance to menaces of disunion. Works, vol. v. pp. 344-347, 350-356. The lecture was repeated the same autumn at other places,—as Foxborough and Woonsocket, R. I., and New Haven, Conn. Leaving home for Washington November 2