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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 45: an antislavery policy.—the Trent case.—Theories of reconstruction.—confiscation.—the session of 1861-1862. (search)
ith citations from his speeches in Congress, the authority of John Quincy Adams in favor of the power to emancipate slaves by martial law. Hepinion among war Democrats; R. H. Dana, Jr., signified his dissent (Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. II. pp. 259, 260; Boston Advertiser, Octmner, Joel Parker, B. F. Thomas, G. T. Bigelow, R. H. Dana, Jr., Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. II. p. 259. and the editors of that consptorily laid down its ultimatum, and took initial steps for war. Adams's letter to Seward, Nov. 29, 1861, shows that the former was expectd the war spirit among the people by withholding Seward's letter to Adams of pacific purport, which was written immediately after the transachere goes with the settlement Mr. Seward's unhappy declaration to Mr. Adams that he has never believed a recognition of the rebel States coul reputation he had done, though not wholly approving his argument. Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. II. pp. 261-263. His position as the aut
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 46: qualities and habits as a senator.—1862. (search)
r of Chief-Justice Chase, incorporates the above description into one of her own, adding further details of Sumner's manner in the society of friends. New York Tribune, April 5, 1891. Edward Everett, in a eulogy, likened the fidelity of John Quincy Adams to his seat in the House of Representatives, to that of a marble column of the Capitol to its pedestal; Senator Casserly referred, March 31, 1871, to Sumner as the senator whom I do not see in his seat, which is very unusual, by the way.mner had comprehensive intelligence, which always sought to throw on the question in hand all the light of history and philosophy. Among American statesmen, those whom he most resembled in this respect are Jefferson, Edward Livingston, and John Quincy Adams. He never valued his own opinion so highly that he was not ready to sit at the feet of the masters of science. He was always prone to test public questions, not by apparent and transient exigencies, but by principles permanent and fundame
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 51: reconstruction under Johnson's policy.—the fourteenth amendment to the constitution.—defeat of equal suffrage for the District of Columbia, and for Colorado, Nebraska, and Tennessee.—fundamental conditions.— proposed trial of Jefferson Davis.—the neutrality acts. —Stockton's claim as a senator.—tributes to public men. —consolidation of the statutes.—excessive labor.— address on Johnson's Policy.—his mother's death.—his marriage.—1865-1866. (search)
on reconstruction; and we have had considerable correspondence on the subject, which was always amiable in manner. This is my answer to your inquiry. To George Bemis, Christmas Day, 1865:— I have too long failed to acknowledge your last article, which produced a marked impression. Hasty Recognition of Rebel Belligerency. Baron Gerolt, our excellent dean, spoke of it as decisive; so did the Danish minister. But where is the Artigas The South American general. Memoirs of J. Q. Adams, vol. IV. p. 133. article? Sir F. Bruce, at dinner Saturday evening, said to me that England would fight before she would pay a dollar, or consent to arbitration; and then added, the Portuguese precedent had settled opinion in England, and that until that was answered we had no case; that Adams was worsted in the controversy. Of course I do not give any reply to all this, as my object is simply to let you see the importance of showing the true character of that Portuguese precedent. M