uch support and encouragement.
In 1850 Bird was elected to the State Legislature and worked vigorously for the election of Sumner the ensuing winter.
His chief associates during the past two years had been Charles Francis Adams, the most distinguished of American diplomats since Benjamin Franklin, John A. Andrew, then a struggling lawyer, and Henry L. Pierce, afterwards Mayor of Boston.
Now a greater name was added to them; for Sumner was not only an eloquent orator, perhaps second to Webster, but he had a worldwide reputation as a legal authority.
Adams, however, failed to recognize that like his grandfather he was living in a revolutionary epoch, and after the Kansas struggle commenced he became continually more conservative — if that is the word for it-and finally in his Congressional speech in the winter of 1861 he made the fatal statement that personally he would be in favor of permitting the Southern States to secede, although he could not see that there was any legal r