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[9] so mature and splendid a reputation won at so early an age, for he had not reached his thirty-fifth year.

But Charles Sumner's life-career had not yet commenced. Shining as was the structure he had already reared, none knew the depths of the foundations he had been laying. This ornate edifice of a dazzling reputation was soon to give way for a structure of more colossal proportions, which was to grow larger and grander every year; and which, although it had so often seemed complete, yet in his own judgment was still left unfinished when he was so suddenly summoned away.1

1 With a flippancy which hardly became a sacred place, and with a superficiality of judgment that was hardly expected, even from such a quarter, and while the dead Senator's body was resting in this city, on its way to the grave, the remark was made from a celebrated pulpit, that he had lived three years too long. It is a matter of sincere congratulation, among men who entertain a different opinion, that the Supreme Council that determined that matter was not swayed by the popular declaimer who made the remark.

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