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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)
m the Republicans.— an event altogether impossible with the Senate constituted as it then was. Others thought it better to limit the argument to an exposition of the constitutional heresies of the pro-slavery party. Boston Advertiser, June 6. These Republican criticisms were, however, confined chiefly to the commercial centres of the Eastern States; elsewhere the Republican journals justified the speech as required by the turn which the Southern leaders had given to the discussion. John Wentworth, of Chicago, treated it in his journal as the embodiment of Republicanism. A reception awaited the speech in England similar to that which it had met here. The London Times, already strongly pro-slavery, condemned it; while antislavery journals, as the Daily News, the Morning Star, and the Morning Advertiser, as fully approved. The Duke and Duchess of Argyll approved it, the former not thinking it a bit too strong. The duchess reported Tennyson as warmly approving it, and saying