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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)
ranny. Surely I would do it at once if there were nothing before me worse than death; but I do shrink from the possibility of life with shattered nerves, or perhaps with a brain that has lost its powers. Meanwhile the good omens multiply. Our cause is about to triumph; I am sure of it. Then will all turn with gratitude to those who, like yourself, aided its birth, watched its cradle, protected its weakness, and sent it forth to conquer. Believe me with much regard. To John Bigelow, October 9:— Never did I expect this long divorce from my duties, which spins out its interminable thread. Constantly from week to week I have looked for restoration, and have made plans for speaking. But at last I must give them all up. I am still an invalid, with weeks, if not months, of seclusion still before me. All this has been made particularly apparent to me to-day by my physician, while Dr. Howe of Boston, who has kindly visited me, has enforced this judgment by his authoritative opi
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
ord Dunfermline, the old Speaker, now quite infirm, but taking a great interest in the slave question; then called with Rogers on George Combe, (1788-1858.) Phrenologist, who visited Boston in 1838. also on Robert Chambers. (1802-1871.) Writer and publisher Mr. Combe was anxious that I should not return to public duties until after longer rest. October 8. Visited Holyrood Palace; in the afternoon started for Glasgow, where I arrived at dark on my way to the western Highlands. October 9. At seven o'clock went on board the steamer Iona down the Clyde, by Rothesay, through the Kyles of Bute to the Crinan Canal; then by canal boat; then again by steamer in sight of Mull, Jura, stopping at Oban, to Fort William, where I arrived some time after dark; stopped at the Lochiel Arms at Banavie, opposite Fort William. October 10. At eight o'clock by steamer on my way to Mr. Ellice's Edward Ellice, Sr. (1781-1863), an old acquaintance of Sumner. Ante, vol. II pp. 13, 62. at G