his house, but Sumner
excused himself, saying he must first attend to his proofs.1
He then walked alone to the printing-office, and thence to Seward
's. As nothing occurred that day, the apprehensions of his friends were allayed.
Preston S. Brooks
was then a member of the House
from South Carolina
, born at Edgefield Court House
, living in ‘Ninety-six,’ a township of some interest in Revolutionary history, and representing a cotton-planting district in the northwestern part of the State
He first came to Congress late in the session of 1852-1853.
He made a speech (March 15, 1854) in favor of the Nebraska
bill, and during the same session advocated at length (June 14) a southern route for the Pacific Railroad.
These speeches show him to have been a person of only respectable ability, and his friends hardly claimed more for him. During his service hitherto, hardly three years in length, he had been a modest and orderly member, indulging in no acrimonious speech and keeping aloof from scenes of disorder; and his pacific manner and temperament had been observed.
Once he intervened to arrest a personal difficulty between members, and offered a resolution (June 21 and 22, 1854) against the bringing of concealed weapons into the House
In his speech on the Nebraska
bill he disclaimed any reflection on those who rejected the duel as a mode of settling personal questions.
On one or two occasions he appeared more tolerant and less exclusively sectional than some of his nullifying colleagues.2
He had a grain of levity in his nature, which appeared in a resolution offered by him in jest, and in his vote for Mr. Giddings
All agree that he was amiable and friendly in relations with members;3
and he even cultivated association with some Republican members, among them Comins
The deed which was to make him famous, or rather infamous, seemed to befit his colleague Keitt
better than himself.5
With all this, he had the same intemperate zeal for slavery which distinguished his State; and he had recently been active