During the years which followed the close of the Rebellion
, Senator Sumner
embraced every available opportunity
to press his Civil Rights Bill upon the Senate.
Speech after speech, resolution after resolution, the occasion of presenting petitions from Colored persons,—one and all were alike to him. But he seemed to encounter that worst of all obstacles,—indifference—which it was impossible to overcome.
Upon a direct vote, as a matter of principle, none of the friends of the three grand Amendments to the Constitution
would have pretended to argue; and all objections urged were either confessedly futile, or totally unworthy of the spirit of Congress that had achieved so much for humanity, and for the elevation of the Colored race.
A Colored National Convention assembled in New Orleans in 1872, on the 15th of April.
There were many able delegates in that body, and their proceedings were marked with high intelligence, calm deliberation, and maturity of judgment.
The following letter was read from Mr. Sumner
, and received with the profoundest respect and many demonstrations of admiration and gratitude: