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1 Ante, p. 156.
2 Drayton, in his ‘Personal Memoir,’ p. 115. says: ‘Mr. Sumner, the Free Democratic senator from Massachusetts, had visited me in prison shortly after his arrival in Washington, and had evinced from the beginning a sincere and active sympathy for me. Some complaints were made against him in some antislavery papers because he did not present to the Senate some petitions in my behalf which had been forwarded to his care. But Mr. Sumner was of opinion, and I entirely agreed with him, that if the object was to obtain my discharge from prison, that object was to be accomplished, not by agitating the matter in the Senate, but by private appeals to the equity and the conscience of the President; nor did he think, nor did I either, that my interests ought to be sacrificed for the opportunity to make an antislavery speech. There is reason in everything; and I thought, and he thought too, that I had been made enough of a martyr of already.’
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