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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 47: third election to the Senate. (search)
quer, and yet it will succumb. The republic may seem to be saved, and yet it will be lost,—handed over a prey to that injustice which, so long as it exists, must challenge the judgments of a righteous God. The speech delighted Dr Thomas Guthrie of Edinburgh, who made it a topic of public prayer in a church service. Letter of the Duchess of Argyll to Sumner, Dec. 3, 1862. In the beginning he spoke, but only briefly, of the criticisms to which he had been recently subjected,—recalling Burke's address to the electors at Bristol as appropriate to similar accusations against himself, to the effect that he had overdone in pushing the principles of general justice and benevolence too far; and he challenged scrutiny of his record at all points in disproof of the imputation that he had neglected the business interests of his constituents. Affirming his fidelity to those interests, as well as to the great cause he had served, he stated that during a service of more than eleven years h
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 48: Seward.—emancipation.—peace with France.—letters of marque and reprisal.—foreign mediation.—action on certain military appointments.—personal relations with foreigners at Washington.—letters to Bright, Cobden, and the Duchess of Argyll.—English opinion on the Civil War.—Earl Russell and Gladstone.—foreign relations.—1862-1863. (search)
ic calamities, had become a party difference. Thank God! this day has passed. But there is another piece of statesmanship, difficult as any we have had,—to keep from war with England. For success here we must avoid dropping any new ingredients into the cauldron. And this is why I trouble you with my dissent. Suppose the Duc de Noailles, the French ambassador in London, before France acknowledged our Independence, had received the visits of the Marquis of Rockingham, Lord Chatham, Mr. Burke, Mr. Fox, and Mr. Wilkes. I can well imagine the anger of George III., who knew little of law or constitution; but I doubt if Lord North would have complained. Of course, in entertaining such relations, the minister exposes himself to the dislike of the government in power; and it will be for him a question of tact and policy to determine how far he can go without impairing the influence which he ought to preserve. But no constitutional government will deny him this intercourse. . . .
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, chapter 10 (search)
the proceeding, the true construction of the Act concerning the tenure of office, the various offences of the President standing by themselves and as illustrated by his general character, speeches, and conduct; and he rebuked, after the manner of Burke in the Hastings trial, the professional dialectics which had been the reliance of his defenders at the bar and among senators. May 26, 1868; Works, vol. XII. pp. 318-410. What he said about lawyers at this time corresponds to his criticisms ox; and do prepare autobiographical memoranda, with notices of your eminent friends in Europe and America. The senator had a statesman's ambition to place what he had done in permanent volumes, accessible for all time; and the American edition of Burke's works furnished the model. He had an instinct that it would not do to defer longer the cherished plan. To Dr. Howe he wrote:— I wish to be the executor of my own will in this respect. . . Latterly I have been led to think more than eve
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 56: San Domingo again.—the senator's first speech.—return of the angina pectoris.—Fish's insult in the Motley Papers.— the senator's removal from the foreign relations committee.—pretexts for the remioval.—second speech against the San Domingo scheme.—the treaty of Washington.—Sumner and Wilson against Butler for governor.—1870-1871. (search)
severe illness, during which he suffered a violent attack of the angina pectoris, —a paroxysm on the chest, embracing heart and left arm,—the revival of his old disease, which had been dormant since 1859. Except some symptoms in 1866. His illness, which kept him from his seat a week, drew cordial tributes from journals and private correspondents, even from many who had dissented from his style of treating the San Domingo proceedings of the Administration. Wendell Phillips's extract from Burke expressed the feeling of many who differed from him on this point,—At this exigent moment the loss of a finished man is not easily supplied. Widespread sympathy was felt in Massachusetts and elsewhere. New York Evening Post, March 6, 1871; New York Herald, February 19; Boston Journal, February 20; Harper's Weekly, March 11, containing not only an expression of sympathy with the senator in his illness, but a tribute to his high character as a public man, and to the integrity of his motive<
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 57: attempts to reconcile the President and the senator.—ineligibility of the President for a second term.—the Civil-rights Bill.—sale of arms to France.—the liberal Republican party: Horace Greeley its candidate adopted by the Democrats.—Sumner's reserve.—his relations with Republican friends and his colleague.—speech against the President.—support of Greeley.—last journey to Europe.—a meeting with Motley.—a night with John Bright.—the President's re-election.—1871-1872. (search)
lf against the charge of having taken an unpatriotic position, contending that it was his supreme duty to keep his country right, and pointing for examples under like circumstances to Cobden and Bright at the time of our Civil War, and to Fox and Burke at the time of our Revolution. This point was much pressed against Sumner, even by some generally friendly to him. New York Independent, Feb. 22, 1872. His preamble with his consent was laid on the table, and the resolution itself was passed borators, He poured forth a rich store of examples and illustrations with aptness and effect. He had obviously—as may indeed be collected from his speeches-carefully studied the masterpieces of Pitt, Sheridan, Curran, Grattan, and most especially Burke. One Englishman, departing from his natural catholicity of temper, who thought—very foolishly in each case —that both he and Motley had become enemies of England, though a friend of thirty-four years, refused to answer the senator's card. That <
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 58: the battle-flag resolution.—the censure by the Massachusetts Legislature.—the return of the angina pectoris. —absence from the senate.—proofs of popular favor.— last meetings with friends and constituents.—the Virginius case.—European friends recalled.—1872-1873. (search)
than from any other source. Mr. Sumner then enforced this view by reference to what had been said by men eminent in history. He referred to the declaration of Charles James Fox, that he was more indebted for knowledge to his intercourse with Edmund Burke than to all other sources of information: He spoke of the statement of Dr. Johnson, that Burke could not be met under a tree in a thunder shower without impressing one with the fact that he was in the presence of an extraordinary man. He illusBurke could not be met under a tree in a thunder shower without impressing one with the fact that he was in the presence of an extraordinary man. He illustrated his point further by reference to the conversation of Johnson himself, as reported by his biographer, which had so long been among the classics of literature. One evening Sumner took tea at Jamaica Plain with Rev. James Freeman Clarke's family, where he talked of his last visit to Paris, and his dinner with Thiers. After dining at Longfellow's on the afternoon of November 12, he went to the Church of the Disciples in the south part of Boston to attend a social meeting, to which he h