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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 44: Secession.—schemes of compromise.—Civil War.—Chairman of foreign relations Committee.—Dr. Lieber.—November, 1860April, 1861. (search)
South Carolina at nullification (then recently arrested), he said that the tariff was only the pretext, and disunion and a Southern confederacy the real object, and added that the next pretext will be the negro or slavery question. Works, vol. v. pp. 433-436. Mr. Crawford, then living at the South, was harassed by his neighbors on account of the publication of this letter, and shortly after destroyed the original. It came to Sumner's hand through W. L. Burt, of Boston, a kinsman of Lucius Wilcox, of Canandaigua, N. Y., a son-in-law of Mr. Crawford. The letter was thus first made known to the country when its prediction was being fulfilled. The panic at this time was nowhere greater than in Boston, where popular demonstrations in favor of compromise were made. Seward's speech and Adams's propositions had turned the public mind in that direction, and the masses of men do not at such a time discriminate between different schemes. The supporters of Bell, Douglas, and Breckinrid