I regret that it will not be in my power to attend the meeting of our friends at the Adams House. I am unwilling to intrude my opinion with regard to the points in question; but I cannot forbear urging two things of
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2 Dr. Samuel G. Howe. who was not present, did not regard the coalition with entire favor. Dana, though opposing it, recognized some of its good results. Adams's ‘Biography’ of Dana, vol. i. pp, 166, 171, 172, 195, 210.
3 Wilson's paper, the ‘Emancipator and Republican,’ had already, August 15, 22, and 29, contained leaders and articles from contributors (one of them, J. B. Alley) advocating a coalition with the Democrats for the purpose of choosing a senator faithful to antislavery sentiments.
4 ‘In the present politics of our own State, Mr. Adams is averse to making terms with either party, and has not that confidence that the “instincts of the Democracy” are on our side which Sumner has; neither has Palfrey.’ R. H. Dana's Journal in Adams's ‘Biography,’ vol. i. p. 169. Sept. 8, 1849.
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