wrote, from St. James's Place, London
, Dec. 27, 1845:—
What can I say to you in return for your admirable oration?
I can only say with what pleasure I have read it, and how truly every pulse of my heart beats in accordance with yours on the subject.
Those sacred words, in Washington's Farewell Address to his fellow-citizens, must have inspired you on the occasion.
Whom, indeed, would they not have inspired?
Again and again must I thank you!
George Sand wrote to George Sumner
, of his brother's oration:
‘His ideal of Christian peace over the whole face of the earth is, without doubt, a great truth; but I do not think it applicable to one nation in particular,—even to the United States.
While all other nations are on a war-footing, land while England, like a bird of prey, hovers over all unguarded regions, I do not think we have come to that happy age when a Congress of Nations can regulate their differences without reserving a resort to the ultima ratio.’
After referring to unhappy Poland
, and that identity of nations which makes the cause of one the cause of all, she added:—
Perhaps I am mistaken; but I think that the most civilized nations owe a great duty to oppressed and enslaved nations, which prevents them from dispensing with war; for there are still rapacious and tyrannical nations, which belong to the fraternity of robbers and assassins.
also wrote, of the oration: ‘I agree with that remarkable performance on many points; and I still sympathize with that which I cannot fully admit.’
's letters in support or explanation of his oration are here given, although a portion of them were written some months later.