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1 Sumner had an interest unusual with public men in questions outside of politics. Tocqueville plied Mr. Webster with questions on prison discipline, but found that he was not interested in the subject, saying that it was useless to try to reform criminals. Tocqueville added: ‘Webster, like thousands of statesmen, cares only for power.’ Life and Letters of Dr. F. Lieber, p. 256.
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