Four, where he lived, was entitled.
In this ward, at this municipal election, the Whigs
led the Native Americans
by one hundred votes, leaving the Democrats third in the canvass.
Although his Whig colleague, A. D. Parker
, was chosen, Sumner
himself lost his election, being defeated by Rev. H. A. Graves
— a Baptist clergyman and one of the Native American
candidates —who, living in East Boston
, then a part of the ward, succeeded in combining with his party vote the local vote of his neighborhood.
It may be mentioned that, among members of the School Committee chosen in other wards at this election, were Sidney Bartlett
, Theophilus Parsons
, and Dr. Howe
This is the only instance in which Sumner
was ever a candidate for the direct votes of the people, except when, in 1852, the town of Marshfield
, to his regret, elected him a member of the State
Several friends of Mr. Mann
met, in the winter of 1844-45, with the view of expressing their sympathy with him in his recent controversy, and their gratitude for his perseverance and devotion in the cause of popular education.
At their request, Sumner
prepared the draft of a formal letter, which, signed by twenty-four gentlemen, was sent to Mr. Mann
The latter was greatly cheered by this tribute, and replied in a note which showed how deeply he was touched by it. Mrs. Mann
, at the same time, wrote a personal note to Sumner
, expressing a deep sense of obligation for his ‘most beautiful and touching letter to her husband.’
A part of the letter is as follows:—