thundering out their triumph; meanwhile the hero of the strife is sitting quietly here, more saddened than exalted.
Palfrey dined with us. I went to my Don Quixote at college, leaving the two Free Soilers sitting over their nuts and wine.1
27. Sumner brought a pocket-full of letters of congratulation and good advice which he has received since his election.2
wrote to Theodore Parker
April 19, 1851:—
May you live a thousand years, always preaching the truth of Fast Day!4 That sermon is a noble effort.
It stirred me to the bottom of my heart; at times softening me almost to tears, and then again filling me with rage.
I wish it could be read everywhere throughout the land. . . . I have had no confidence from the beginning, as I believe you know, in our courts.
I was persuaded that with solemn form they would sanction the great enormity, therefore I am not disappointed.
my appeal is to the people, and my hope is to create in Massachusetts such a public opinion as will render the law a dead-letter.
It is in vain to expect its repeal by Congress till the slave-power is overthrown.
It is, however, with a rare dementia that this power has staked itself on a position which is so offensive, and which cannot for any length of time be tenable.
In enacting that law it has given to the free States a sphere of discussion which they would otherwise have missed.
No other form of the slavery question, not even the Wilmot Proviso, would have afforded equal advantages.
wrote to his brother George, April 29:—
I send you papers which will show the close of the long contest here in Massachusetts.
The New York “Tribute” of Friday, April 25, candidly states the position I have occupied.
Never was any contest in our country of