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1 March 18, 19, 20, 31.
2 Courier, April 3.
3 Mr. Boutwell, as a member of the House, spoke and voted March 22, 1850, against a series of resolutions of a thorough and comprehensive character, which expressed the opinions of the State in favor of an antislavery instead of a pro-slavery national policy; and he proposed a milder set, limited to the territorial question. His message as governor, in January, 1851, refrained from condemning the pro-slavery policy of the government, and sought to tone down the public feeling against the Fugitive Slave law. It was received with disfavor by antislavery men. Whittier, in a letter to Sumner, Jan. 16, 1851, referred to it as ‘that detestable message.’ The Free Soil organ, the ‘Commonwealth’ (January 20 and 23), was emphatic in disapproving it. Governor Boutwell signified by letter his approval of Mr. Webster's Compromise course. and received a grateful reply. （Webster's Private Correspondence, vol. II. pp. 472, 479.) Sumner's opinion of the governor's position at this period appears later (post, p. 247).
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