and as a participant under certain circumstances; and Edmundson
, who said at once that he himself had only a ‘little briar stick’ with him, evidently so understood Brooks
's reference in his talk with Edmundson
to the chance that Sumner
might have friends with him indicated that he wished Edmundson
at least to resist their interference.
waited with Edmundson
on the grounds fifteen minutes, and both then went to the Capitol
, parting in the rotunda,—Brooks going to the Senate chamber
, and his companion to the hall of the House
It was just before the two houses met at noon on Wednesday that Edmundson
in the Capitol
had been probably looking for Sumner
at least an hour or so; and he said in his letter to the president of the Senate, May 29,3
that he made careful search for him on both Wednesday and Thursday.
At this time on Wednesday, when he met Edmundson
and his purpose was fully formed, he knew the speech only by hearsay, as, according to his own statement, he heard but little of it on Monday, and none of it on Tuesday;4
and the Globe
which contained it was not distributed till Wednesday after the session began, some minutes after his interview with Edmundson
This shows that it was not any particular expressions of the speech, but rather the speech as a whole, and Sumner
's position as an antislavery leader, which were in his mind as an incentive to his deed.
On Thursday at noon, within a few minutes before the two Houses began the daily session, Edmundson
again near the same spot as on the day before, this time sitting alone in the gate-house, or porter's lodge, at the entrance of the Capitol
grounds, and looking for Sumner
, but looking in vain, as the senator had for some reason, perhaps to consult the library, driven earlier to the Capitol
represented this, as well as the first meeting in front of the Capitol
, as ‘casual,’ as also their presence together in the Senate chamber
; but so many ‘casual’ meetings indicate concert.
that ‘he could not overlook the insult;6
that he had scarcely slept any the night before, thinking of it, and that it ought to ’