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1 Butler's seat was immediately before Sumner's, and Mason's immediately behind Chase's. The line of division as to politics between the two sides of the chamber was not rigid. The ‘Congressional Globe’ reported a list of senators which allowed only two classes, and placed Sumner with the Whigs.
2 C. F. Adams, as appears by his letters to Sumner, Dec. 22, 1852, and Jan. 23, 1853, took an unfavorable view of Seward at this period, regarding him as ‘too much of a Jesuit,’ and as having ‘imbibed the poisonous nourishment of New York politics until he has lost the consciousness of the necessity of directness in really great movements of moral reform.’ Nevertheless, Sumner and Seward as fellow-senators were always cordial to each other. Political literature was a topic of their conversation, and Sumner's marks are found in Seward's books. Seward's ‘Life,’ vol. II. p. 204.
3 In an article on wade's retirement, March 4, 1869,—the date when Sumner became ‘Father of the Senate,’—the New York Tribune described the Senate as it was when he entered it, and ascribed to the three Free Soilers only a foresight into the real question of the future. Schouler, the correspondent of the Boston ‘Atlas,’ Dec. 5, 1851, mentioned the incidents of the first day of the session, and particularly Clay's presence. The Senate was sometimes called ‘a bear garden.’ The scene between Benton and Foote was then freshly in mind.
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