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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)
r Davis voted against the expulsion of Brooks, and withheld his vote as to the censure of Keitt. The report and resolutions were defended by the Republican members,—by Bingham and Giddings of Ohio, Pennington of New Jersey, Simmons of New York, Woodruff of Connecticut; and by Massachusetts members, Comins, Damrell, and Hall. They, maintained the power of the House to punish Brooks, and denounced the assault fearlessly. Giddings, the veteran antislavery leader, spoke temperately, and avowed a re by conviction and tradition against the duel, he did not under the circumstances lose their confidence. Sumner deeply regretted that Burlingame, by accepting a challenge, recognized the duel as a proper resort in personal difficulties. Woodruff in his speech imputed to Brooks a lofty assumption of arrogance and a mean achievement of cowardice. He was waited upon with the inquiry from Brooks if he would receive a challenge, but answering that he would not, the matter dropped. Brooks w