e a competency.
I have no doubt he feels grateful to me, and regrets the course he is taking.
At the same time, he spoke sadly.
Sumner resembled Lord Chatham more closely than any statesman of the nineteenth century.
He carried his measures through by pure force of argument and clearness of foresight.
From 1854 to 1874 it was his policy that prevailed in the councils of the nation.
He succeeded where others failed.
He defeated Franklin Pierce, Seward, Trumbull, Andrew Johnson, Hamilton Fish, and even Lincoln, on the extradition of Mason and Slidell.
He tied Johnson down, so that he could only move his tongue.
In considering Sumner's oratory, we should bear in mind what Coleridge said to Allston, the painter,--never judge a work of art by its defects.
His sentences have not the classic purity of Webster's, and his delivery lacked the ease and elegance of Phillips and Everett.
His style was often too florid and his Latin quotations, though excellent in themselves, were
re was for Admiral Dewey in 1899, and how coldly his name was received as a presidential candidate one year later!
Doctor Howe was once nominated for Congress as a forlorn hope, and his name was thrice urged unavailingly for foreign appointments.
He certainly deserved to be made Minister to Greece, but President Johnson looked upon him as a very ultra man ,--the real objection being no doubt that he was a friend of Sumner, and the second attempt made by Sumner himself was defeated by Hamilton Fish.
Doctor Howe was fully qualified at any time to be Minister to France, and as well qualified as James Russell Lowell for the English Mission; but the appointment of such men as Lowell and Howe has proved to be a happy accident rather than according to the natural order of events.
What reward did Doctor Morton ever obtain, until twenty-five years after his death his name was emblazoned in memorial hall of Boston State House!
It is an old story.
Yet Doctor Howe may well be considered