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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)
y the ablest of Sumner's efforts, but the ablest exposition of that side of the question he had met with, believing this to be also the opinion of all candid men, and even of the Southerners, as shown by the reception they gave it. The speech was warmly applauded in letters from eminent divines,—Charles Lowell, John Pierpont, Convers Francis, William H. Furness, A. A. Livermore, Samuel Osgood, Rufus P. Stebbins, and James W. Thompson. A senator then far removed in opinion and party action (Cooper of Pennsylvania), whose subsequent change of position may have been due to the speech, wrote:— While I differ with you in many of your views on this subject, I can still admire the ability and manly frankness with which you maintain them. As an intellectual effort, your speech will rank with any made in the Senate since I have been a member of it. Many years afterwards, Wilson wrote in his history, Vol. II. p. 355. This speech—learned, logical, exhaustive, and eloquent, worthy <
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 39: the debate on Toucey's bill.—vindication of the antislavery enterprise.—first visit to the West.—defence of foreign-born citizens.—1854-1855. (search)
had just been re-elected senator against the opposition of Compromise Democrats and Know Nothings. Then followed Bayard, and at last Sumner, who denounced the bill as an effort to bolster up the Fugitive Slave Act,—a measure which was conceived in defiance of the Constitution, and was a barefaced subversion of every principle of humanity and justice; and he closed his speech with a motion for its repeal, which obtained nine votes. Works, vol. III. pp. 529-547. Fessenden, Seward, and even Cooper, now voted with Sumner, but Fish and Hamlin were still silent. Sumner had in this vote a new ally in his colleague, Wilson. Butler could not refrain from renewing to Sumner his old questions about constitutional obligations, and being baffled, said he would not take advantage of the infirmity of a man who did not know half his time what he was about. As Sumner was scrupulously correct in his habits, and as Butler often and at the very time appeared to have been drinking to excess, the rema
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
nt at beginning of evening to Joseph Cooper's [at Tottenham], where were many friends of peace and antislavery, chiefly Quakers; afterwards went to House of Commons. July 31. Made calls; at half-past 1 o'clock long interview with Lord Palmerston; in the evening House of Commons, when I heard Mr. Gladstone in an elaborate speech against the divorce bill; dined in the lobby of the House with Lord Ebrington. August 1. Went to Stoke Park to visit the Laboucheres. There were Mr. and Mrs. William Cooper and Lord and Lady Bagot. August 2. Sunday. Went to church in Gray's church; wandered about his churchyard; visited the monument of Lord Coke; in the afternoon drove to the chapel at Windsor, where was a choral service; called on the dean, Dr. Wellesley, who took us into the private grounds of the castle; drove by Eton back to Stoke, which we reached about eight o'clock. August 3. Returned to town; by appointment visited Lambeth, where I was shown over the palace by Rev. Mr. Tho