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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 27: services for education.—prison discipline.—Correspondence.— January to July, 1845.—age, 34. (search)
didactic lectures on law topics read before Lyceums do not seem to call for a qualification of this statement. Ante, Vol. I. pp. 153, 154. During the years 1840-45, as always, Sumner gave a considerable portion of his time to correspondence. Besides writing to his English and other foreign friends and to his brother George, he wrote to many American friends,--Dr. Lieber, Theodore Sedgwick, Benjamin D. Silliman, John Jay, Jacob Harvey, Samuel Ward, George Gibbs, Charles S. Daveis, George W. Greene, Thomas Crawford, Edward Everett (then Minister to England), Theodore S. Fay, Rufus Choate (while in the Senate),—and to his intimate friends, Cleveland, Longfellow, Hillard, and Howe, when they were travelling. Then as always a friend's handwriting gave him the keenest enjoyment. No day was to him complete, whose morning mail did not bring him a packet of letters; and all who are familiar with his daily life will recall the zest with which he opened and read them. He was always inte
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 30: addresses before colleges and lyceums.—active interest in reforms.—friendships.—personal life.—1845-1850. (search)
s it seems to me, have a twofold pledge of perpetuity. Sumner delivered, July 25, 1848, an oration at Union College, Schenectady, N. Y., on The Law of Human Progress. Works, vol. II. pp. 89-138. He sought and received from his friend George W. Greene, then a professor in Brown University, suggestions as to historical statements concerning the topic of the address. His theme, as he treated it, had an obvious relation to the agitations of the period. He sought to encourage reformers with ng personal and family affairs, as well as public questions at home and abroad, and begging him to come home and devote himself to some earnest work in literature or philanthropy. He corresponded with George P. Marsh, Dr. George W. Bethune, George W. Greene, and Brantz Mayer on literary subjects; with Lieber on historical questions; with Vaux, Parrish, and Foulke, all of Philadelphia, on prison discipline; with William and John Jay on measures against war and slavery; with Giddings, Palfrey, an
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)
the appropriation bill was under discussion, which authorized the purchase of copies of the papers of General Nathaniel Greene to be edited by his grandson, George W. Greene, who has already been mentioned in this biography. Sumner spoke briefly in favor of the grant, and vouched for the qualifications of the editor. Butler thocompetency of the editor quite sufficient. Apparently fearing that some pleasantry of his concerning an interview between General Lafayette and a daughter of General Greene might prejudice the proposed grant, he at once wrote on a letter envelope a memorandum explaining his remarks, which he handed from his seat to Sumner. At the end of it he said:God forbid that I should say anything that would touch the reputation of General Greene's descendants! Sumner was happy to assist at this time in completing a transaction which resulted in the liberation of a family of slaves. Mr. Andrew, afterwards governor, as the friend of Seth Botts (or Henry Williams,
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Book III (continued) (search)
iallo antico, that once made part of the polished pavement of a palace,—now all combined in one strange harmony by Nature, who seems to love these walls and to reclaim them to herself by tinting their various blocks with every hue of weather stain, and hanging over them her loveliest draperies of wall flower and mosses. Norton continued his work on Dante with a translation of the Vita Nuova, first published in 1859. From September, 1865, to May, 1867, he and Lowell, and occasionally George W. Greene, James T. Fields, William Dean Howells, and others, used to gather on Wednesday evenings at Longfellow's house to offer their suggestions and criticisms upon Longfellow's translation of the Divina Commedia. This informal Dante Club was the precursor of the Cambridge Dante Society, the foundation of which Norton suggested to some members of his Dante class at Harvard in 1880. These students offered to support the plan, and when Longfellow consented to take the presidency of the club,
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Index (search)
Greece, ancient and modern, 460 Greek and English Lexicon, 449 Greek grammar (Goodwin, W. W.), 465 Greek grammar (Hadley), 465 Greek grammar (Hadley, J.), 462 Greek grammar (Sophocles), 461 Greek Lexicon of the Roman and Byzantine periods, 461 Greek moods and tenses, 464 Greeley, Horace, 40, 45, 46, 181, 322, 324, 331, 415, 437 Greely, A. W., 169 Green, Anna Katharine, (Mrs. Rohlfs), 86 Green, Samuel, 533 Green, T. H., 239, 254 Green, W. H., 206, 207 Greene, G. W., 489 Greene, W. B., 438 Greenleaf, Moses, 432 Green Mountain boys, 417 Greenough, James B., 463, 464 Gregg, Josiah, 133, 137, 142 Greifenstein, 88 Griffis, W. E., 155 Griffith Davenport, 266, 285 Grimm, 476 Grinnell, George Bird, 150, 167 Griscom, John, 398 Griswold, Chauncey D., 162 Griswold, R. W., 23, 39 Grondlycke Onderricht, 535-36 Grosvenor, W. M., 438 Grote, 233 Grounds of theistic and Christian belief, 208 Groundswell, 356 Growth of the
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)
vice. . . . I had intended to speak without notes; but I found my brain, exhausted perhaps by labor, did not grapple with the text, so I read for the first time before such an audience. I was recalled to Boston to be near my poor dying brother. Greene is here to be with him. Again, October 24:— It has not gone in England much differently from what I expected. I knew too well (1) the prejudices of country and (2) the prejudices of party to suppose that I could speak as plainly as I dily after his return from Washington, except at the time of his address in New York, being then called home by the tidings of George's rapid decline. Longfellow and Dr. Howe were frequent visitors to their friend's room at the hospital, and George W. Greene came occasionally from his Rhode Island home. To Mrs. Waterston, Charles wrote, October 3: I should have been to see you, and also to Quincy, except that every evening I have been with my poor brother, who now is visibly passing away, so t
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)
of his Works, making five hundred and fifty pages, covering a great variety of topics, and requiring a severe toil in investigation. This excessive labor seriously affected his health, and brought back early in 1866 the symptoms of the malady which came with the assault ten years before. He had recourse in the spring to medical treatment for cerebral and nervous troubles, which was applied by Dr. Brown-Sequard, then sojourning in the United States. Longfellow wrote to a common friend, G. W. Greene: This relapse is a warning that he can no longer work day and night. Longfellow's Life, vol. III. pp. 85, 87. His friends counselled rest and absence from the Senate; but his interest in exigent questions did not allow him this relief. He did not spare himself even in the recess, but went to work on a lecture—when Longfellow wrote again to Greene: What confidence Sumner has in Sumner! I would not trust H. W. L. to that amount, nor would you G. W. G. In August, Sumner made a visit
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, chapter 10 (search)
s pride of possession to question the authenticity of any painting which was attributed to some famous Dutch or Italian artist. Among his callers to whom he showed his treasures were Dr. Holmes and Mr. Winthrop; but the larger number were undistinguished or quite young persons, who will ever recall his kindly welcome and his enthusiasm as he passed from one picture or old book or autograph to another. A few friends occupied his guest chamber,—Dr. Palfrey, E. L. Pierce, Dr. S. G. Howe, G. W. Greene, J. B. Smith, and M. Milmore,—while Emerson, Whittier, Agassiz, Bemis, G. W. Curtis, and James A. Hamilton received invitations which they were unable to accept. To Whittier he wrote: It will be a delight and 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
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)
rumbull and Sumner on fundamental conditions did not prevent their hearty co-operation on this question. A few days later. Sumner, when a bill to prohibit contracts for servile labor was pending, renewed his motion for the exclusion of the word white from the naturalization laws, again standing on the Declaration of Independence and protesting against the imposition of disabilities on Chinese emigrants to this country; July 8; Congressional Globe, pp. 5387, 5.388. Longfellow wrote to G. W. Greene, July 10: I wish this faineant Congress would rise and let Sumner loose. I agree with him about the Chinese, and about striking the word white out of every law of the land; of course you do. but his proposition did not come to a vote. He said in the debate:— We send missionaries to the distant heathen, and there are annual contributions for that purpose,—wise contributions; but now the heathen come to us. Will you drive then back? Rather do them all the good you can,— convert the<
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)
ston he went to Nahant, where he divided his time between Longfellow and Mr. George Abbot James. One day in August, 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
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