perspicuous, and satisfactory view of the subject, presenting the American argument to the European public more clearly than it has heretofore been presented in any form equally compendious, and for that reason calculated to render important public service. . . . The copy of the letter before us was specially transmitted to this country by our Minister at Paris, General Cass, to whom, when it first appeared, the article was attributed in Paris.
Nor was the praise bestowed upon it confined to the Americans.
Avowedly temperate in its tone and candid in its manner of handling the subject, it received the approbation of liberal Englishmen.
The British ambassador at Paris, Lord Granville, spoke of it in decided terms of commendation. . . . In conclusion, allow me, sir, as an individual citizen, to express my obligations to Mr. Sumner for the worthy use which in this and other ways he has made of his residence abroad.
wrote, May 17:—
I ran my eye rapidly over your article on the North-eastern Boundary in “Galignani's Messenger.”
The impression it gave me was delightful.
They ought at least to give you a secretaryship of legation for it.
wrote, May 20:—
I am greatly indebted for the paper containing your admirable article on the North-eastern Boundary.
wrote, May 24:—
Your article does you great credit. . . . Its tone and spirit are just what they ought to be,—manly, patriotic, and decided; but courteous, dignified, and bland.
You seem to make the argument as clear as a proposition in geometry.
wrote, May 29:—
I read attentively your argument, which is conclusive, I think, on the two points,—that “Mars Hill” is not the Highlands, and that the “Bay of Fundy” is the ocean; and these points being decided against the British claims, there is nothing in the text of the treaties to support them.
I believe that the desire for continued peace and amity between the two countries is sincere and fervent with all of those whom Cobbett used to call our “thinking people.”
was much annoyed by a personal incident connected with the publication.
, a sensitive and disappointed person, was not quite pleased with the credit which the authorship had given to another; and besides disparaging Sumner
's article in an American newspaper, he furnished for the London Times an incorrect report of Lord Brougham's conversations in Paris
, which tended to weaken the effect of his remarks in the House of Lords favorable to the American
view; giving as authority, ‘an ’