was then substituted as the candidate, and a meeting was held in Tremont Temple, November 5, to support the nomination.
was made chairman, and Sumner
began with a tribute to Dr. Howe
's character, and then, disclaiming any sentiment except of kindness towards Winthrop
as a citizen and an honorable gentleman, touched upon the issues of the slavery question on which he had failed to meet the exigencies of the times, and commented upon his vote for the Mexican
The noteworthy feature of the speech was a review of the opinions and action of eminent English patriots—Chatham, Burke
, the Duke
, and others who resolutely opposed the war of our Revolution, refusing to vote supplies for its prosecution, or even a tribute of praise to the officers and troops engaged in it; and it concluded with a demand for the instant withdrawal of our forces from Mexico
was the first to apply the historical parallel to the discussion.
availed himself of it in a speech in Congress, and quoted the declarations which Sumner
The Whig newspapers, in view of Sumner
's open letter to Winthrop
and his expected candidacy in opposition, fell upon him with sharp personalities.2
These—although he could not reasonably have expected different treatment—made him sorely uncomfortable, as he confessed to Howe
The latter, who was absent in New York near the end of the contest, wrote him tenderly and paternally, appreciative of the sacrifices of friendship and general esteem which he was making, but regretting that he did not treat with indifference and contempt the revilings he had to bear; saying also,—
It has never been my lot to know a man so perfectly loyal to truth, right, and humanity as you have been.
Your efforts and sacrifices cannot be lost; for if no other good comes out of them, this will come,—that your example will kindle and keep alive high purpose in the souls of hundreds, of whom I am one.
You are my junior by many years; but to you I owe many of the public aspirations which I feel for progress upwards and onwards, in my spiritual nature.
was not combative by nature, as many or even most reformers are; and, unlike Wendell Phillips
, he took no delight in a proud isolation.
treated social aversion with