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[218] as a token of your friendship. There would be a hardness of heart which I will not charge upon our opponents if they were otherwise than touched by a domestic bereavement befalling us But they forbear to testify the sympathy which at other times would have been profusely offered. There are not a few now who avert their faces from me. You were right, therefore, in supposing that your words would come with a welcome increased by the coldness of others. I owe you thanks also for your letter in reply to Moses Stuart. It was a complete refutation of the reverend defender of Mr. Webster's new faith.

All the dogs of the pack are now let loose upon Mr. Mann. His thorough exposure of Mr. Webster has maddened the “retainers,” and they are diverting attention from the substance of his criticisms by comments on the manner, and some of our weak brethren have been carried away by this cry. If he has erred in tone, he caught the infection from Webster himself, who dealt at him some bitter personalities. You saw doubtless that I was a candidate at our last election.1 with infinite reluctance I consented; for I dislike to see my name connected with any office, even as a candidate; but I hoped to serve our cause by taking that position in the forlorn hope. A leading and popular Whig said to me on the morning of the election: “I must go and vote against you, though I will say I should rather at this moment see you in Congress than any person in Boston; but I stick to my party.” There is the secret,— party, party, party! Would that this could be broke down!

To George Sumner, October 22:—

The antislavery agitation which it was hoped to hush by the recent laws is breaking out afresh. It will not be hushed. Mr. Webster is strong in Boston, but not in Massachusetts. Out of the city he is weak. It is difficult to say now how the elections this autumn will go. I think that everywhere the antislavery sentiment will get real strength. The odious Fugitive Slave law furnishes an occasion for agitation. It has shocked the people of New England. . . . . I have had a pleasant day or two with Prescott at Pepperell, and he has told me of his English pleasures.

To John Bigelow, October 4:—

Our Free Soil convention was very spirited. The resolutions are pungent, and cover our original ground. On this we shall stand to the end. I rejoice in the rent in New York Whiggery. If the Barnburners and Sewardites were together, there would be a party which would give a new tone to public affairs.

To Charles Allen, member of Congress, October 15:—

Nothing is clearer to me than this. Our friends should if possible secure the balance of power in the Legislature, so as to influence the choice of senator. Some are sanguine that we can choose one of our men. I doubt this; but by a prudent course, and without any bargain, we can obtain the control of the Senate. We can then at least dictate to the Whigs whom they shall

1 For Congress, in opposition to Eliot.

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