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1 See remarks in the Senate, Feb. 11, 1867; Works, Vol. XI. p. 98. In December, 1873,—three months before his death,—he moved joint resolutions in the Senate for Constitutional amendments limiting the Presidency to a single term, and extending it to six years; providing for the President's election by a direct vote of the people; and abolishing the office of Vice-President.
2 The Earl of Carlisle (Lord Morpeth), in a lecture at Leeds, Dec. 6, 1850, thus referred to Sumner: ‘The residence here [Boston] was rendered peculiarly agreeable to me by a friendship with one of its inhabitants, which I had previously made in England. He hardly yet comes within my rule of exception; but I do not give up the notion of his becoming one of the historical men of the country. However, it is quite open to me to mention some of those with whom, mainly through his introduction, I became acquainted.’ Those mentioned are Story, Channing, Allston, Bancroft, Ticknor, Longfellow, R. W. Emerson, and Prescott.—‘Speeches, Lectures, and Poems of the Earl of Carlisle,’ p. 393. In a preface to an English edition of ‘Uncle Tom's Cabin,’ the Earl referring to his ‘own much-valued friend’ Sumner, whose speech in the Senate on the Fugitive Slave Act he had just received, said: ‘In our past hours of friendly intercourse, in our frequent walks by the sparkling estuary of Boston, or upon the sunny brow of Bunker's Hill, how little did I, how little did he, I feel well assured, dream of such an opening upon his quiet and unostentatious career!’
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