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2 John W. Forney, who as Secretary of the Senate had observed Sumner, wrote in his ‘Anecdotes of Public Men,’ vol. II. p. 256: ‘He had his faults; and one most dwelt upon by those who can find no other cause of censure is his alleged arrogance and dogmatism, and a certain self-sufficiency. Beyond a somewhat stubborn adherence to his opinions and a lofty defiance of adverse public sentiment, I have never known a more tolerant and generous man. That which some call arrogance and self-sufficiency was perhaps a consciousness of superior intelligence and a restive discontent under the success of notorious inferiority.’
3 E. P. Whipple, a critic of character, who knew Sumner well, has treated the charge of vanity imputed to him, noting his entire freedom from all envy and his greater interest in the achievements of others than in his own,—‘Recollections of Charles Sumner,’ Harper's Magazine, July, 1879, pp. 275, 276. The same charge is referred to by James Freeman Clarke in his estimate, ‘Memorial and Biographical Sketches,’ p. 96. It was dismissed as of little account by A. G. Thurman and E. R. Hoar in their tributes in Congress, April 27, 1874. Congressional Globe, pp. 3400, 3410.
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