Dowager Lady Wharncliffe
, who survives her late husband, John Stuart Wortley
, second Lord Wharncliffe, writes:—
I never knew an American who had the degree of social success he had; owing, I think, to the real elevation and truth of his character, his genuine nobleness of thought and aspiration, his kindliness of heart, his absence of dogmatism and oratorical display, his general amiability, his cultivation of mind, and his appreciation of England without any thing approaching to flattery of ourselves or depreciation of his own country.
Mr. Abraham Hayward
My recollections of Charles Sumner are scanty, although in the highest degree favorable.
When he first came to England, he was the editor of a law magazine published on the same plan as that of which I was the principal founder in 1828, and which I edited till 1844.
We had, therefore, many common topics of interest from the commencement of our acquaintance.
He also brought letters of introduction from Mr. Justice Story, with whom I was in constant correspondence till his death.
Sumner's social success at this early period, before his reputation was established, was most remarkable.
He was a welcome guest at most of the best houses both in town and country, and the impression he uniformly left was that of an amiable, sensible, high-minded, well-informed gentleman.
But his powers of conversation were not striking; and when you ask me to recall the qualities which account for his success, I most frankly own that it was and is to me as much a puzzle as the eminent and widespread success of your countryman and townsman, George Ticknor.1 At the same time, I feel satisfied that, in each instance, the success was indisputable and well deserved.
, daughter of Mr. John Marshall
I have a distinct recollection of the pleasant intercourse which I enjoyed with Mr. Charles Sumner in my father's house, both in London and at Hallsteads in the year 1838, when he visited the English lakes.
His intelligent inquiries respecting any thing that differed from either habits or opinions to which he had been accustomed, and the candid and genial manner in which he was ready to consider such differences, made his society very attractive and interesting.
In his later visits to this country,—when I know that my husband, Lord Monteagle, saw him frequently,—I had not so much personal intercourse with him, excepting in the large meetings of London general society.
I am sorry that I cannot supply any more definite information respecting a distinguished man whose society was so much prized in this country.
My recollections of Charles Sumner when he first came amongst us are still fresh and lively.
We first met him at the house of William Ord, M. P.,