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‘ [505] know, and recall one of the brightest periods of your life. You may imagine how they all speak of your sickness and its cause.’1 Dr. Julius wrote from Hamburg that ‘not only himself, but his whole country, had been shocked by the assault.’

There was a general desire to give Sumner a popular indorsement, and with that view it was proposed to have him nominated as the Republican candidate for governor of Massachusetts. This election was assured by a large majority; and he might, after performing the duties from January to March, 1857, have accepted the new election as senator, which was to take place in January. Wilson cordially entered into this plan;2 but it found no favor with Sumner, who was always averse to any such irregular modes of obtaining popular approval.

The healing of the flesh wounds left Sumner a sufferer from pressure on the brain, with weakness in the spine, and great nervous sensibility. Dr. Wister thus described his condition when he arrived in Philadelphia, July 9:—

A condition of extreme nervous exhaustion, his circulation feeble, and in fact every vital power alarmingly sunken. At that time his steps were feeble and tottering, as in extreme old age; he complained of constant pain in the back and lower extremities,—in the latter it was a tired and weary sensation, and he had a sense of constriction and pressure about the head. At that time his pulse was quick and small, appetite languid, and his sleep broken, disturbed, and unrefreshing. All the above conditions were heightened by exertion either mental or physical.3

From Philadelphia he went shortly to Cape May for the purpose of trying sea air, and was received at the cottage of Mr.Furness and Mrs. James T. Furness, new-made but most devoted friends. Here he passed the time on his bed, or sitting under an arbor on the beach. He was very feeble, quite prostrate for two days, and his hosts were alarmed.4

He wrote to Giddings, July 22:—

My earnest hope is to take my seat in the Senate this session, and I do not think I shall resign this hope until the session is closed; but I am at times

1 The interest of Sumner's English friends in his recovery appears in Adams's ‘Biography’ of Dana, vol. I. p. 358; vol. II. pp. 9, 25, 45.

2 Outside of Massachusetts it found favor. Governor Chase by letter, August 22, advised Sumner to accept the nomination.

3 Works, vol. IV. p. 340.

4 He wrote hopefully, July 18, to Longfellow (Longfellow's ‘Life,’ vol. III. p. 47), but an ill turn came immediately after. E. L. Pierce sought him at Cape May, July 21-23, and found him in a state of extreme weakness, precluding physical and mental exertion. Boston Advertiser, August 2.

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