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[307] neither of whom could command the vote of two-thirds requisite to a nomination. The Whigs are in high hopes: I have never known their prospects so bright. They have exorcised the demons of discord and confusion, which have entered into the other party. The junction between Clay and Webster strengthens the Whig cause. I cannot doubt that Clay will be elected. Tyler's weakness has become wickedness. He is governed by prejudice, selfishness, and vanity,—playing with the great powers of the State, confided to him in sacred trust for the good of all, with a view only to what he supposes his individual interest, and sacrificing men and measures as if they were pawns. Oh! when will vulgar selfishness be cast down and trodden under foot, and when shall we find rulers whose eyes shall be placed singly on the good of humanity? The Texas treaty will be rejected by the Senate.

——has attacked Mann again; and Mann has pulverized him. His reply is admirable in truth, argument, and composition. We propose to have a tract, containing the whole controversy, published and distributed throughout the State. Let us put an iron heel upon the serpent of religious bigotry, trying to hug our schools in its insidious coil. My sister Mary has returned from Springfield. She is more delicate and feeble; but her cheerful heart sees in the future pleasant visions—summer, autumn, winter, all open before her—in the illusions of hope. She looks like an angel. I am going this morning with her to see Allston's ‘Belshazzar,’ which is a great though unfinished creation of genius. I walked with Fisher last evening. He is well; and every thing goes on well. Lieber, you know, is in Europe. My brother George is in Paris: he hopes to see you. You will find him sagacious, learned, humane, interested in all the institutions which are the fruit and token of civilization in the true sense of that word.

Ever affectionately thine,

C. S.

To J. C. Perkins he wrote, May 27, 1844:—

Your dedication1 cannot fail to give great pleasure to Mr. Choate. It is a beautiful, and I think a well deserved, tribute from a former pupil. It is with hesitation that I venture to touch rudely what is chiselled so carefully. But as a general rule, it seems to me that one cannot be too abstemious of adjectives in an inscription which should be close and lapidary in its character. . . .

To Thomas Crawford.

Boston, June 1, 1844.
my dear Crawford,2 . . . The Exhibition has established your name as a great artist. I say this in sincerity and gladness. All whose judgments you would most value admire your genius. Mr. S. A. Eliot, an extremely cultivated person, was entraine; with admiration. I have placed my bust among the others. I felt that, in keeping it back, I was thinking more


1 Of the American edition of ‘Brown's Chancery Reports.’

2 In the omitted part of the letter, Sumner forwards a commission on behalf of a Boston merchant.

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