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1 Winthrop subsequently wrote of the speech that it was ‘an inflammatory appeal on the subject of slavery.’ （‘Addresses and Speeches,’ vol. i. p. 770.) But as now read, it does not appear to go beyond an earnest statement of a pending issue, or exceed in fervor and emphasis what John Quincy Adams had repeatedly said in Congress and elsewhere.
2 ‘Addresses and Speeches,’ vol. i. pp. 551-563. A passage on p. 560 was understood at the time to refer to Sumner. What is said on p. 551 as to the place of meeting is a reference to what Sumner had said in his speech concerning it. On p 562 there is per. haps a reference to his toast, July 4, 1845, which Sumner may also have had in mind in the concluding passage of his speech.
3 The resolutions had been agreed upon the evening before in a meeting of the Whig State committee, in which E. R. Hoar, finding them defective on the slavery question, insisted on a more positive declaration, and against Stevenson's spirited opposition carried in the committee, with the assistance of Judge Hopkinson, the insertion of a paragraph on the subject. This amendment made the difference between the two drafts, which were discussed before the convention, not very discernible; and when the point as to whether there was a material difference was made in the debate, and the reading of the declaration in question was called for, Stevenson read in a high, triumphant, and sonorous tone the paragraph which had been inserted at Hoar's instance but against his own protest. E. H. Hoar, while in full accord politically with the supporters of Mr. Phillips's set of resolutions, was satisfied with those reported by the committee.
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