technical right to be held responsible only for public expressions and for public documents bearing his name.
For some years he thought hard of Sumner
for thus bringing him into the debate.
's urgency in behalf of energetic and wiser action by the Society did not end with the popular excitement.
He was in this as in all things, unwearied and persistent.
The failure of the Society to come to any definite result after the prolonged discussion caused public disappointment,1
which led to a meeting of the managers on July 10, when it was voted to call a meeting of the Society for the purpose of voting upon Mr. Lothrop
's proposition, without debate.
offered at the same time resolutions for correcting the reports of the Society, and for effective work during the summer.
At an adjourned meeting of the managers, which became necessary to perfect the arrangements for another meeting of the Society, he arrived late to find the project of such a meeting reconsidered, other votes passed to prevent for the season the renewal of discussions of the plans and work of the Society, and the resolutions offered by himself at the previous meeting discredited by an entry on the margin of the record.2
A few days later he addressed Dwight
an elaborate note, expressing regret that the managers separated without agreeing upon some plan for effective work during the summer, after the example of prison associations in New York and Philadelphia
, urging the secretary to take immediate steps for the systematic visitation of jails by members of the Society, and for awakening public sentiment in behalf of the cause,—in all which, notwithstanding pressing engagements, he was ready to assist.
did not respond to the appeal.
In the summer Sumner
contributed several articles to a newspaper on prison discipline, chiefly in support of the views he had maintained in the debate.3
Late in the year 1847 Mr. Gray
's pamphlet on ‘Prison Discipline in America
’ was published.
It was an argument for the congregate system, admirable in style and tone, strong in logical power, and better adapted to win conviction than any American paper ever published on the subject.
himself recognized its superior quality, saying in a letter to Lieber
that it was ‘singularly able, and calculated to produce a strong impression.’