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1 He wrote April 9, 1850: ‘I have read the “Liberator” more or less since 1835. It was the first paper I ever subscribed for.’ Wendell Phillips, in a speech of Jan. 27, 1853, said: ‘My old and valued friend, Mr. Sumner, often boasts that he was a reader of the “Liberator” before I was.’ Speeches, Lectures, and Letters of Wendell Phillips, p. 135.
2 In Sept. 1842, Sumner wrote to his brother George then in Europe: ‘I know the latter [Dr. Channing] intimately, and my admiration of him grows constantly. When I was younger than I am now, I was presumptuous enough to question his power. I did not find in him the forms of logical discussion, and the close, continuous chain of reasoning,— and I complained. I am glad that I am wise enough to see him in a different light.’ In October, 1842, he wrote in relation to Dr. Channing's death: ‘He has been my friend, and I may almost say my idol, for nearly ten years. For this period I have enjoyed his confidence in no common way.’
4 Oration before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Aug. 27, 1846,— ‘The Philanthropist.’ Works. Vol. I. pp. 284-298.
5 Mr. Daveis, of Portland, Maine, who was a friend of Sumner's father, was learned in equity and admiralty law. On his return from the Hague, where he went in 1830 to assist in preparing the case of the United States against Great Britain, involving the north-east boundary dispute, then pending before an arbitrator, he formed in England relations of friendship with some eminent persons, among them Earl Fitzwilliam. He died March 29, 1865, aged seventy-six. A sketch of his life may be found in the Memorials of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, of which he was a member. He was very fond of Sumner, and took a great interest in his career.
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