this is my fate.
Hard! very hard!
I long to speak!”
And again, March 17, 1858: “I would give one year of life for one week now in which to expose this enormous villany,” --the Lecompton constitution.
December 20, 1857, he was absent the greater part of the time for five months, coming to the capital several times at the summons of his colleague to vote on questions concerning Kansas
, and leaving as soon as a vote was reached.
When absent from Washington
he was in Philadelphia
with Mr. Furness
, at the Brevoort House
in New York, at his home in Boston
, or at Longfellow
's in Cambridge
At this time he “turned to engravings for employment and pastime.”
His interest in them hitherto had been general, but it now became almost a passion.
He availed himself of such as were accessible in Washington
; private collections in Philadelphia
, New York
, and Cambridge
were opened to him; he passed days in the Astor Library
but the richest treasures of the kind he found in the library of Harvard College, where under the guidance of Dr. Louis Thies
he went through the remarkable Gray
He was so intense in this pursuit that he wearied out any one who joined him in it. Longfellow
wrote in his diary, Jan. 21, 1858:--
We again passed the morning with the engravings, and again brought Sumner and Thies home to dinner, which they left midway to go back to the portfolios.
Sumner is insatiable.
He will be the death of Thies, who is ill. For my part, I cannot take in so much at once; it fatigues my brain and body.
Again, January 26:--
Sumner comes to dinner.
He was last night at our neighbor C.'s, looking over his engravings; and this morning at Thies's house, engaged on his private collection.
Verily, he goes thoroughly through the work.
began at this time to collect engravings for himself,--those now preserved in the Boston
To Dr. Howe
he wrote, March 17: “I wish you would be good enough to send to Louis Thies
, of Cambridge
, a check for one ZZZZ2