announcing the result; and adding, ‘You are bound for Washington
E. L. Pierce
wrote, November 14, with reference to the selection of the senator: ‘Many eyes—yes, many hearts—now turn towards the defender of peace, of freedom, of the prisoner,— in a word, of human progress.’
wrote, November 25, rejoicing at the result of the election, as ‘a rebuke of Webster
;’ and a month later: ‘There is a general expectation that you will be the successor of Mr. Winthrop
in the Senate.
Nothing will give the friends of freedom greater pleasure than to see you there.’
wrote, November 27: ‘You certainly are the man who must take the place of the “Expounder.”
“Sumner vice Webster
” would be one of those rare good things which men are permitted to witness in a lifetime.’
wrote, December 6: ‘I trust most sincerely you are to occupy the seat which Webster
in bygone days has filled so worthily, but where in the hour of temptation he betrayed the Commonwealth
which had trusted and honored him.’
John Mills, of Springfield
, wrote, December 10: ‘C. S. I am satisfied must be the man. He stands better with the Democrats than either A. or P.,—I mean either of the P.'s., though I like them both,—and so he does with the Free Soilers
in this section of the State
Rev. Joshua Leavitt
wrote from New York, December 18: ‘I confidently hope and trust that in a month from this time you will take your seat in the Senate of the United States as the substitute of Robert C. Winthrop
and the successor of Daniel Webster.
I need not say how greatly I shall be gratified at such an event, both for your sake and that of the cause.’
E. A. Stansbury
, a journalist, wrote from Burlington, Vt.
, December 31, expressing strongly the general feeling of Free Soilers in New England
in favor of his selection among all who had been named.
wrote, December 10, from Washington
, where he was passing a few days, a thoughtful letter.
He had come to the conclusion that the triumph of the antislavery cause, though sure, was distant, and he was not inclined to estimate so highly as others the importance of securing a Free Soil senator; and apprehensive of the dangers of any alliance with the Democrats, he had, without opposing, withheld his sanction from the unions which had carried the Legislature.
But he said: ‘If our friends decide to risk themselves in that ship, I trust we may get a full consideration for the risk; and the only full consideration that we can receive is in securing your services in the Senate.