before it was given to the public.
Their mutual confidence seemed to know no limitation of distrust or fear of possible alienation; and they revealed, as friends do not often reveal, their inner life to each other.
Rarely in history has there been a fellowship so beautiful as that of these gifted young men.
The riot in Broad Street, June 11, 1837, brought on by a collision between a fire-engine company and an Irish funeral procession, was the beginning of a friendship between Sumner
and Dr. Samuel G. Howe
Five hundred combatants were engaged, and a body of bystanders obstructed the streets.
were worsted, and pursued to their homes.
Well-known citizens-Abbott Lawrence
, Robert C. Winthrop
, Josiah Quincy, Jr.
, and others—supported Mayor Eliot
, who was on the ground, in his efforts to restore order.
went with them to the scene, and, then as always unconscious of personal fear, pushed into the thickest of the fight, where, his stature soon making him a target, he was struck down by a heavy missile.
His intrepidity was so conspicuous as to draw the attention of Dr. Howe
, who was there on a like errand.
Their friendly acquaintance began then, but their intimacy belongs to the period following Sumner
's return from Europe
who was then a member of Congress from Boston
, and afterwards a Judge of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, became much attached to Sumner
at this time; employed him to prepare briefs, and opened to him other professional opportunities.
was always grateful for the kindness which Mr. Fletcher
, some years his senior, rendered to him at this period, and their warm regard was uninterrupted through life.
were brought together as lawyers and tenants of the same building.
was already interested in temperance, education, and the care of the insane,—topics then much agitated; and, like Demetz
, he was soon to enter on a service for mankind greater than any which is possible at the bar. There are brief records of his interest in Sumner
at this time.
In Feb., 1837, he urged the latter to deliver a temperance address.3
He wrote, Nov. 6, in his journal, ‘Dined with ’