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ng men to recover some foothold on solid ground.
The North, justly outraged by the assault on Sumner, and by much that has happened in Kansas, loses—for a time—both patience and wisdom, so that I hear fighting the South constantly talked of as a thing not to be deprecated.
But the great West, the valley of the Mississippi, . . . . is comparatively little excited on the great question that makes so fierce a quarrel between the northern and southern Atlantic States.
The Mississippi forbids Iowa and Illinois from belonging to a different country from New Orleans; and the laws of the States on its upper waters, excluding all the colored race from their soil, prevent a contest about slavery between them and the States at its mouth.
I look, therefore, with confidence to the West, to save the Atlantic States from the madness of civil war. . . . .
Sumner's wounds were severe, and became worse for two days by unskilful treatment.
I have seen a letter from his brother, which says that,