speech of Charles Sumner
yesterday was probably the most masterly argument against human bondage that has ever been made in this or any other country since man first commenced to oppress his fellowman.”
in his paper truly said, “The network of his argument, though wonderfully elaborate and various, is everywhere and in all parts strong as iron.
The whole slave-holding propaganda
of the Senate might dash themselves against it, a compact body, without breaking the smallest fibre of its various parts.”
The London Punch said, “All the bludgeons in the hands of all the chivalry of the South
cannot beat that demonstration of Mr. Sumner
's case out of the heads of the public, in and out of the States.”
The Democratic papers, however, took a different view; and their general opinion may be seen from this remark of “The Albany Atlas
:” “No one can rise from a perusal of this speech without a contempt for the author, and a conviction of his unfitness for the place.”
Several of the Republican
papers thought the speech too strong, and that it might retard the passage of the bill; but desperate cases require effective remedies.
received a large number of letters congratulating him for this splendid effort on behalf