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1 ‘Knowing that the senator was my superior in strength, it occurred to me that he might wrest it [the cane] from my hand; and then—for I never attempt anything I do not perform—I might have been compelled to do that which I would have regretted the balance of my natural life.’ At this passage a member said aloud: ‘He would have killed him.’
2 It was feared that this pointed commendation might injure those members, and the expression was changed in the speech as printed to ‘members from the non-slave-owning States.’ New York Evening Post, July 16; New York Tribune, July 15; New York Independent, July 24. Harrison wrote a speech in apology for Brooks, which he was allowed to print. Congressional Globe. App. p. 940.
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