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[486] He remained three days, during which numerous calls upon him, the writing of several letters of introduction for his friend R. H. Dana, Jr., who was about to visit England, and the writing and dictation of other letters, were followed by exhaustion; and after the three days he returned to Mr. Blair's.

Seward, who in company with Foster called on him at Mr. Blair's, July 4, wrote—

He is much changed for the worse. His elasticity and vigor are gone. He walks. and in every way loves, like a man who has not altogether recovered from a paralysis, or like a ran whose sight is dimmed, and his limbs stiffened with age. His conversation, however, was like that of his season of better health. It turned altogether on what the Senate were doing, and the course of conduct and debate therein. When he spoke of his health, he said he thought he was getting better now; but his vivacity of spirit and his impatience for study are gone. It is impossible to regard him without apprehension.1

Sumner came to Washington, July 5, in order to go North and escape the intense heat. During the day he had many visitors, including Dr. Bailey of the ‘National Era,’ Mr. Banks the Speaker, Mr. Comins, and Mr. Giddings.2 After the assault the antislavery members of Congress called often to inquire as to his condition and express sympathy. This was true also of the diplomatic corps. The Administration men, senators as well as members of the Cabinet, kept carefully away, with one exception,—that of General Cass, who had not altogether forgotten old relations with Sumner in paris.3

Dr. Perry thus describes Sumner's condition at this time:4

The wound on the left side of the head healed by first intention. It was several weeks before that on the right side closed over. During this time he

1 Seward's ‘Life,’ vol. II. p. 282. When Sumner declared his purpose to make another speech before the session closed, Seward replied: ‘If you do it, it will be the last speech you will make in this world.’

2 Mr. Giddings thus spoke of this interview in a speech July 11: ‘Lying upon his bed, he described to me the singular sensations which occasionally gave him reason to apprehend that the brain was affected; and looking me full in the face, with great solemnity of countenance and deep emotion, he said: “I sometimes am led to apprehend that I may vet be doomed to that heaviest of all afflictions.—to spend my time on earth in a living sepulchre.” The expression, the manner, and the tone of voice with which this was uttered filled my heart with sadness.’ Greeley, then in Washington, wrote that softening of the brain was feared, and that Sumner would never fully recover. New York Tribune, July 2.

3 New York Evening Post, May 30.

4 Works, vol. IV. p. 339. W. S. Thayer, in the New York Evening Post, July 9, gives a similar description, remarking ‘the tottering step’ instead of ‘the long, rapid stride,’ the loss of flesh, the numbness on the top of the head, with the dull throbbing and the general impairment of the muscular and nervous system.

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