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1 Milton justified ‘a sanctified bitterness against the enemies of truth.’ Whittier wrote of the speech: ‘There is something really awful in its Rhadamanthine severity of justice; but it was needed.’ Felton, on the other hand, in a friendly letter to Sumner, took exception to it as harsh and too sweeping in its treatment of slaveholding society.
3 Of Southern members of the House who occupied vacant seats of senators were Curry of Alabama and Lamar of Mississippi, who were both thought by spectators to be enjoying ‘the classic and scholarly feast before them.’ Keitt, the accomplice of Brooks, sat awhile near Senator Hammond. Near Sumner sat Wilson (his colleague), Burlingame, and Lovejoy, and Senators Bingham and Preston King,—all ready to protect him. Seward and C. F. Adams were present a part of the time.
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