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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 32: the annexation of Texas.—the Mexican War.—Winthrop and Sumner.—1845-1847. (search)
and Adams, moved by filial sentiments, but with unchanged judgment, retired from the controversy. Sumner, at his request, took temporary charge of the Whig during February and till near the end of March, Leaders March 1, 9, 10, 16, and 23, 1848, bear intrinsic evidence of being written by Sumner. but in consonance with Adams's wishes refrained from comments upon Winthrop, and only recurred to the subject in printing a summary of Giddings's published statement concerning the Speaker. March 18 and 22. Adams withdrew from the paper early in April, and desired Sumner to be his successor; but the latter declined, as appears in a letter to Palfrey:— I am placed in a dilemma which is most trying. Adams appeals to me to take charge of the Whig. His present relations with Winthrop and his new and absorbing duties make him think that he cannot continue to conduct it. It is very hard for me to decline this duty; but I fear that it would be harder still to assume it. To conduct th
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 35: Massachusetts and the compromise.—Sumner chosen senator.—1850-1851. (search)
isit to your country home, and hope not to be forgotten by your kind family, to whom I offer my best regards. Again, March 18:— In this moment of discomfiture I turn to you. I am sick at heart as I think of the treason of our public men. Fr I have unbounded faith in God and in the future. I know we shall succeed. But what shall we do? To George Sumner, March 18:— You have doubtless read Webster's speech. To me it seems a heartless apostasy; its whole tone is low and bad, w other alternative than their present candidate. Their organ, the Commonwealth, was equally explicit and peremptory; March 18, 19, 20, 31. and it answered the Times's publication of the Faneuil Hall speech by reprinting it in full in its own coluim a letter which, in its trenchant personalities, was not unworthy of Junius. Letter to Marcus Morton, Commonwealth, March 18. This was the elder Morton, who is to be distinguished from his son, afterwards chief-justice of the State. Those who k
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)
ling that I could not touch these questions at this moment without giving the enemy an opportunity for a new cry, and that in point of fact there has not yet been any real exigency, I have thus far been silent. Should the danger threaten, you will hear from me. What say you to this ,objection to the admission of Kansas with her present constitution founded (1) on the small population, and (2) on the imperfect returns of votes on the constitution caused by the invasion? To Gerrit Smith, March 18:— Douglas has appeared at last on the scene, and with him that vulgar swagger which ushered in the Nebraska debate. Truly, truly, this is a godless place! Read this report, also the President's messages, and see how completely the plainest rights of the people of Kansas are ignored. My heart is sick. And yet I am confident that Kansas will be a free State. But we have before us a long season of excitement and ribald debate, in which truth will be mocked and reviled. To E. L.