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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 30: addresses before colleges and lyceums.—active interest in reforms.—friendships.—personal life.—1845-1850. (search)
extending the domains of judicial truth, teaching us what are the maxims of justice between man and man, and nation and nation, and how conflicting claims shall be adjusted. I wish you had been liable to censure, similar to that of Goldsmith on Burke, and that you had given to the profession what you now conceive is meant for mankind. I think you are in error. and I am your friend so sincerely that I risk your displeasure by plainly telling you so. Strike, but hear! Again, July 11, 1848rgent insisting upon their religious and moral aspects and bearing; so, earnest appeals to men to feel that they all can and should do something to put down mischief, set right error, and substitute long-concealed or oppressed truth and justice. Burke was ready to pardon something to the spirit of Liberty. Certainly I may do as much to you spirit of benevolence, when I meet with passages or even a whole paper with opinions or reasons which I cannot adopt, or a tone with which I cannot sympath
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)
Winthrop's Addresses and Speeches, vol. i. p. 634. and his subsequent action was in harmony with this declaration. The Whigs had before them, as an example for an opposition to an unjust war, the conduct of the English Whigs,—Chatham, Camden, Burke, Fox, and Barre,—in their denunciation of the American war and their refusal to vote supplies. In this connection, the action of Cobden at the time of the Crimean war, and Bright's withdrawal from the Cabinet after the bombardment of Alexandri slavery question on which he had failed to meet the exigencies of the times, and commented upon his vote for the Mexican war bill. The noteworthy feature of the speech was a review of the opinions and action of eminent English patriots—Chatham, Burke, Fox, Camden, the Duke of Grafton, Barre, and others who resolutely opposed the war of our Revolution, refusing to vote supplies for its prosecution, or even a tribute of praise to the officers and troops engaged in it; and it concluded with a de<
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 36: first session in Congress.—welcome to Kossuth.—public lands in the West.—the Fugitive Slave Law.—1851-1852. (search)
trained intellects enjoyed the finished style, dignified tone, and moral enthusiasm of the speech. Dr. I. Ray, yielding to the force of his argument against the power of Congress to legislate for the rendition of fugitive slaves, though holding previously a different opinion, wrote:— The lofty tone which pervades your speech, peculiarly appropriate to the subject, quickened the motion of my blood a little, and—I mention it as a matter of fact, not compliment—frequently reminded me of Burke's American speeches. I doubt not it will make its mark on public sentiment. George B. Emerson thought it an admirable speech,—one of the noblest that have ever been made in Congress. Professor Charles Beck commended its mild and manly tone, superior to speeches conspicuous for violent language, and entitling it to a permanent place in the future discussion of the slavery question in all its aspects. J. E. Worcester, author of the Dictionary, wrote with admiration of its ability and e
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 37: the national election of 1852.—the Massachusetts constitutional convention.—final defeat of the coalition.— 1852-1853. (search)
I mourn with you. The death of Horatio Greenough He died. Dec. 18, 1852. at the age of forty-seven. Mrs. Greenough died in 1892. is a loss not only to wife and children, but to friends and the world, to art and literature. With sorrow unspeakable I learned the first blow of his fatal illness; now I am pained again by the tidings of to-day. Only a few days before I left home he read to me for an hour or more some portions of his book on the Beautiful; and particularly his criticism of Burke. I was then struck by his mastery of the subject, and admired him anew, not only as an artist, but as an expositor of art. I doubt if any European artist has ever excelled him with his pen. He cannot be forgotten in our history, or in the grateful memory of friends. His name will be an honor to his family, and a precious inheritance to his children. My sympathy at this moment I know full well will be of little avail, but the heart speaks from its fulness; I could not refrain. God bless y
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)
ell-put reasoning, piquant personality and satire, freighted with a wealth of learned and apposite illustration, every one of which was subsidiary to the main purpose of the argument, it may safely challenge comparison with the great speeches of Burke, to whom the Massachusetts senator in the ripened vigor of his abilities and in his varied accomplishments bears no small similitude. . . . I cannot more than allude to the inspiring eloquence and lofty moral tone which characterized and ran throylvania by the throat, and called him a damned Republican puppy. New York Tribune, Feb. 6, 1858. In all Sumner said of Butler he fell below what had often occurred in the British Parliament and in Congress without the sequel of violence, as when Burke spoke of Hastings; or in controversies between Tristam Burges and John Randolph, Daniel Webster and D. S. Dickinson, Blaine and Conkling. Nor did Sumner's speech on the second day contain any elaborate criticism of South Carolina, but only a sin
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
the Queen's Hotel for the night. October 26. Took the early fast train at Glasgow, and reached Penrith at one o'clock, to visit Lord Brougham. His carriage was waiting for me at the station and took me to the Hall; lunched; walked in the grounds with him; then drove with Lady B. through Lowther Park; dinner; several guests; in the evening conversation; among the curiosities here was a cast from the face of Pitt after his death. Brougham gave Sumner at this visit a colored print of Edmund Burke as a youth,—a copy of a picture by Sir Joshua Reynolds. It is now in the Art Museum of Boston. October 27. Left Brougham Hall at eight o'clock by train to visit W. E. Forster at Wharfeside, Buriey, near Leeds; reached him in the afternoon. His wife is the eldest daughter of Dr. Arnold. In the evening at dinner was Mr. Edward Baines 1800-1890. of the Leeds Mercury. October 28. At breakfast several guests. Left Wharfeside at eleven o'clock, accompanied by Mr. Forster, to Leeds