The strife is no longer local, but national. Even now, while I speak, portents lower in the horizon, threatening to darken the land, which already palpitates with the mutterings of civil war. The fury of the propagandists and the calm determination of their opponents are diffused from the distant
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1 Works, vol. IV. pp. 137-249. Like Seward, Sumner wrote out his longer speeches in advance, but did not recur to his manuscript in the delivery. This one was already in type, though not put to press, and was to be corrected after delivery. （Wilson's speech, June 13, ‘Congressional Globe,’ p. 140:3.) Since then it has become a common occurrence for senators to read their speeches.
2 Douglas pretended to think these comparisons ‘indecent,’ and Cass thought the metaphor ‘unpatriotic.’ The latter, not appreciating Sumner's forbearance on account of old associations to reply to him, recurred to the subject, Dec. 11, 1856, when Sumner was absent, and said that the speech was ‘a most inflammatory appeal,’ and that ‘such an unpatriotic metaphor betokened a prurient imagination.’ What the two senators thought of the second book of ‘Paradise Lost’ is not known.
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