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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 46: qualities and habits as a senator.—1862. (search)
late M. V. B. such as he wished to be associated with. Somebody in the play says in anger to his son: I'll unget you! Don't do this. Simply unname him. Samuel Hooper entered, in December, 1861, the House as a member from a Boston district, and continued a member during the rest of the senator's life. He was a wealthy merchnd sympathies hitherto had been those of the capitalists, who as a class had not looked with favor on Sumner. Daily intercourse, as was often the case, changed Mr. Hooper's view of the senator, and he came to be his cordial and confidential friend, so remaining to the end. He dispensed a liberal hospitality; and in his house at mner was always welcome to lodge or dine. The intimacy which he had enjoyed with the family of Mr. Adams, already Minister to England, was now transferred to Mr. Hooper's, at whose house he dined at least once or twice a week from 1861 to 1874. Later in these pages it will become necessary to refer to a near connection between
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)
estified to the young man's loyalty, ability, and courage, his regret for the thoughtless words he had spoken, and his entire willingness to serve with negro troops. That night Sumner reflected on the case, and the next morning communicated to Mr. Hooper, the member from Boston, his purpose to support the nomination; and as he did nothing by halves, he moved the confirmation, and persuaded by personal appeals other senators who had been opposed to it to withdraw their opposition. It was the laarge; A. T. Stewart of New York says that his income has been at least four millions of dollars, and he has paid as income tax two hundred thousand dollars. This is the largest that I know of. To R. Schleiden, September 25:— Yesterday Mr. Hooper's only son died; he had failed fast from a consumption. My poor brother still lingers; it seems as if each day must be his last. I read to him your amusing letter, which I thought he enjoyed much. For more than twenty days he has taken no fo
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 49: letters to Europe.—test oath in the senate.—final repeal of the fugitive-slave act.—abolition of the coastwise slave-trade.—Freedmen's Bureau.—equal rights of the colored people as witnesses and passengers.—equal pay of colored troops.—first struggle for suffrage of the colored people.—thirteenth amendment of the constitution.— French spoliation claims.—taxation of national banks.— differences with Fessenden.—Civil service Reform.—Lincoln's re-election.—parting with friends.—1863-1864. (search)
machinery of the national government to State control. The former were disposed also to a policy which would save the State banks; while the latter, for the sake of a uniform system, preferred that they should pass away. Henry Winter Davis, Samuel Hooper, and Justin S. Morrill, in the House, supported the Secretary of the Treasury in the policy of exempting the banks from State taxation and of subjecting them only to national taxation; but they failed to carry that body with them. Their viewers, at one of which as a guest was Chase, just resigned from the Cabinet, and on his way to the White Mountains. William Curtis Noyes was another guest. He dined with J. B. Smith when the latter entertained Auguste Laugel; he dined often at Mr. Hooper's, took tea at Mrs. J. E. Lodge's, and passed an evening at James T. Fields's. He began sittings with Milmore for his bust, which was finished late in the next year. In the autumn, as before, his visits to Longfellow at Cambridge were frequent
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 50: last months of the Civil War.—Chase and Taney, chief-justices.—the first colored attorney in the supreme court —reciprocity with Canada.—the New Jersey monopoly.— retaliation in war.—reconstruction.—debate on Louisiana.—Lincoln and Sumner.—visit to Richmond.—the president's death by assassination.—Sumner's eulogy upon him. —President Johnson; his method of reconstruction.—Sumner's protests against race distinctions.—death of friends. —French visitors and correspondents.—1864-1865. (search)
ressed with the exhibition of this quality, and the former said, Let us see the President, and try to give him another topic. The President's first strong expressions against treason led some earnest men to believe that the reconstruction of the Southern States was now in safer hands than it would have-been in Mr. Lincoln's; but in a few weeks they were to be undeceived. Sumner remained in Washington till the middle of May. The President, since Mr. Lincoln's death, had been lodging in Mr. Hooper's house, and occupying temporarily as his office a room in the treasury department. Sumner had waited on him almost daily, calling often on public business, and had at several of these interviews pressed his views of reconstruction, particularly as to the justice and policy of suffrage for the colored people. On the evening of Saturday, April 22, just a week after he took his oath, Chase (the chief-justice) and Sumner had an interview with him, in which they urged him to say something fo
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)
elation of his thought. Shortly after his return to Washington he became engaged to the widowed daughter-in-law of Samuel Hooper, who was the mother of one child, a daughter of eight years. They had met in a friendly way for several years at Mr. Mr. Hooper's house in Washington, and for some months those who observed them closely had thought a nearer relation probable. Rumors of the new connection were rife late in August, and it was finally acknowledged in September, when Sumner communicated ied. I am not sure if you have ever met the beautiful lady of twenty-eight, who sometime this latter season presided at Mr. Hooper's house in Washington. I hope you will meet her this winter, if not before, at mine. Tell this to Mrs. Lieber from me 2, 1867. My dear Sumner—You have my deepest and truest silent sympathy. Ever truly your friend, L. Agassiz. Mr. Hooper, who stood in very close relation to the wife, as grandfather of her only child, did what he could to avert the catastr
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 52: Tenure-of-office act.—equal suffrage in the District of Columbia, in new states, in territories, and in reconstructed states.—schools and homesteads for the Freedmen.—purchase of Alaska and of St. Thomas.—death of Sir Frederick Bruce.—Sumner on Fessenden and Edmunds.—the prophetic voices.—lecture tour in the West.—are we a nation?1866-1867. (search)
hat Columbia was spoken of, but I do not remember any debate on this point. Did not David Dudley Field propose a national name some eight or ten years ago? I am here in Boston, having just sold this old family house; and now comes the trouble and responsibility of dismantling it, abandoning some things, preserving others, packing papers and books. The task is painful, and I have no heart to write a lecture. Chase is on a tour, which has an electioneering color. Stanton is still with Hooper on the southern shore of Massachusetts; they were to be in Nantucket to-day. Sumner had only once (in 1855) visited the West, and though often urged to do so had never been before a Western audience. In the autumn of 1867—partly to impress his favorite idea on the country, and partly to meet his increased expenses as a householder—he accepted invitations to deliver a lecture at different points in the Western States, taking for its title and subject, The Nation. Are We a Nation? Work
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, chapter 10 (search)
legations. Just before Christmas, 1867, he moved into it,—taking the step with some hesitation, partly related to his domestic trouble and partly to the expense of housekeeping, which he feared was beyond his means, but yielding to advice from Mr. Hooper, who was very desirous that he should occupy it. He wrote, December 13, to his friend J. B. Smith: It is a large house for a solitary person. I am now in the midst of preparation. This is something of a job for one inexperienced in such thingand a solace to me if I know that you are under my roof. he kept aloof from parties, but he could now return the courtesies which he had been receiving as a bachelor. Among those known to have dined with him are Seward, Motley, Fish, Conking, Hooper. Reverdy Johnson, ,John Sherman, Carl Schurz, Morrill of Vermont. General Sickles, General Webb, W. M. Evarts, Edmund Quincy, Agassiz. Ex-President Roberts of Liberia, Berthemy the French minister, Sir Edward Thornton the English minister, Gero
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 54: President Grant's cabinet.—A. T. Stewart's disability.—Mr. Fish, Secretary of State.—Motley, minister to England.—the Alabama claims.—the Johnson-Clarendon convention.— the senator's speech: its reception in this country and in England.—the British proclamation of belligerency.— national claims.—instructions to Motley.—consultations with Fish.—political address in the autumn.— lecture on caste.—1869. (search)
concession of belligerent rights. The consultation, which took place about a month after Sumner's speech, shows that no difference existed between them as to the basis of our claims or the mode of presenting them. When the two were dining at Mr. Hooper's Compare Boston Journal, July 22, 1870. Sumner suggested to the secretary that Motley be invited to prepare a memoir or sketch of his views on the questions with England, and the latter readily assented. Subsequently there was a differenceually critical in its treatment of Sumner, in its leader, Sept. 30, 1869, approved the speech, with emphasis on the part relating to Cuba. The Boston Advertiser, September 23, was equally emphatic in its approval. Similar testimonies came from Mr. Hooper, R. H. Dana, Jr., General Cushing, E. R. Hoar, E. G. Spaulding, Ira Harris, E. B. Washburne (from Paris), and A. G. Curtin (from St. Petersburg). Mr. Fish was pleased with the speech, particularly with its treatment of the Cuban question. He w
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 55: Fessenden's death.—the public debt.—reduction of postage.— Mrs. Lincoln's pension.—end of reconstruction.—race discriminations in naturalization.—the Chinese.—the senator's record.—the Cuban Civil War.—annexation of San Domingo.—the treaties.—their use of the navy.—interview with the presedent.—opposition to the annexation; its defeat.—Mr. Fish.—removal of Motley.—lecture on Franco-Prussian War.—1869-1870. (search)
Longfellow's letter of July 18 welcomed him to the sea-shore, and said of Motley's removal, It is a gross insult to him, and a very disreputable act to all concerned in it. and he made a brief visit to a friend in Beverly. In September he was Mr. Hooper's guest at Cotuit. He had promised a visit to the poet Bryant at Cummington, but the burden of a lecture on his mind compelled him to forego it. He was glad to greet Bemis, fresh from foreign journeys. It always pleased him to meet in Boston epublican meeting in Faneuil Hall, October 15, to ratify nominations for members of Congress and State officers. His presence was greeted with the enthusiasm which it always called out in Massachusetts. He mentioned, as worthy of all support, Mr. Hooper, the member from Boston; Governor Claflin, candidate for re-election; and his colleague Wilson, whose term in the Senate was near its expiration. He spoke good words for the integrity of the national debt and the work of reconstruction. Stan
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)
ust, in company with Longfellow and son, Agassiz, James, and a young Japanese prince, he went by invitation of Judge Russell, collector of the port, on a revenue cutter to Minot's Ledge, where they were hoisted up in a chair into the light-house. Longfellow's Life, vol. III. p. 170. The poet saw in his friend traces of the attack of angina pectoris in the winter, and wrote to G. W. Greene: He complains that I walk too fast, and is averse to walking at all. Sumner made a brief visit to Mr. Hooper at Cotuit, and was for a day with B. P. Poore at Newbury. On September 23 he assisted at the Bird Club in commemorating the Whig State convention of 1846, in which he was a leader of the Conscience Whigs at the opening of his career. One evening in the autumn he was at Mrs. Sargent's Radical Club, where M. Coquerel, the French clergyman, was received, and where were also Wendell Phillips and James Freeman Clarke. He was glad to entertain with a dinner and a drive Forney and Daniel Dough
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