, having affairs of honor on hand already mentioned, found it inconvenient to make a personal canvass for a reelection; and indeed there was no need of one.
He remained in Washington
, except for a few days which he passed at White Sulphur Springs
He however issued an address to his constituents, marked by a looseness and wildness of expression which betokened an ill-stored and ill-regulated mind.1
He posed as the avenger of his State when a senator from.
‘falsified her history and defamed her character,’ but said not a word about any offence to his ‘uncle,’ or ‘near kinsman,’ Mr. Butler
His constituents, with only six dissenting votes, re-elected him, and he was in his seat again Aug. 1, 1856, two weeks after his resignation.2 Keitt
, who had been re-elected, took his oath a few days later.
's triumph was short-lived.
He came to Washington
at the opening of the next session, in December, but he was not there at its close.
He made a speech early in the session, December 17, on the slavery question, which, though fully Southern in spirit, was not intemperate in language.
The next month he took a severe cold, from which no fatal effects were at first apprehended; but it turned into a violent croup, or acute inflammation of the throat, resulting in sudden strangulation, from which, struggling for breath, he died suddenly, Jan. 27, 1857, in intense pain, after having, as it is stated (no physician being at hand), clutched his throat as if to tear it open.
His friend Dr. Boyle
, who had dressed Sumner
's wounds, was his attendant, but failed to arrive in time to help him. His illness had not been reported, and the country was startled by the intelligence of his death.
Two days later he was the subject of eulogies in the House
His friends maintained a decorous silence as to the deed which will alone give him remembrance, except Savage
, who, in extolling it, exalted him to an historic place by the side of