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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)
Those mentioned are Story, Channing, Allston, Bancroft, Ticknor, Longfellow, R. W. Emerson, and Prescott.—Speeches, Lectures, and Poems of the Earl of Carlisle, p. 393. In a preface to an English edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin, the Earl referring to his own much-valued friend Sumner, whose speech in the Senate on the Fugitive Slave Act he had just received, said: In our past hours of friendly intercourse, in our frequent walks by the sparkling estuary of Boston, or upon the sunny brow of Bunker's Hill, how little did I, how little did he, I feel well assured, dream of such an opening upon his quiet and unostentatious career! Sumner's correspondence with foreigners, after his return front Europe, was very large. Every European mail brought its welcome parcel of letters; and its arrival was awaited with eager expectation. Joseph Parkes wrote at great length of English politics; Robert Ingham, of lawyers and judges on the Northern Circuit, and of Parliament; Milnes, of scholars, n
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 all— with great pleasure and great instruction. You have amassed a heap of valuable and often recondite illustrations in support of a noble cause. And who can refuse sympathy with the spirit of philanthropy which has given rise to such a charming ideal?—but a little too unqualified. There can be no war that is not dishonorable. I can't go along with this. No! by all those who fell at Marathon; by those who fought at Morgarten and Bannockburn; by those who fought and bled at Bunker's Hill; in the war of the Low Countries against Philip the Second,—in all those wars which have had, which are yet to have, freedom for their object,—I can't acquiesce in your sweeping denunciation, my good friend. I admire your moral courage in delivering your sentiments so plainly in the face of that thick array of well-padded and well-buttoned coats of blue, besmeared with gold, which must have surrounded the rostrum of the orator on this day. I may one day see you on a crusade to pers