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1 Dr. I. Ray, the distinguished alienist and author of the treatise on the ‘Medical Jurisprudence of Insanity,’ in a note to Sumner mentioned this quality of the speech which had attracted himself, although he usually turned away from speeches in Congress.
2 The peculiar and distinctive character of Sumner's position at this time has been recognized by students of political history,—G. F. Hoar, in his eulogy in the House, April 27, 1874; Von Holst, vol. IV. pp. 220, 221, biographical sketches in Johnson's Universal Cyclopaedia and Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography. by Wendell Phillips and George W. Curtis respectively.
3 Wade's inaccuracies of statement and looseness of speech suggested corresponding limitations in character. Hale's light way of speaking of political questions in private conversation sometimes led observers to misjudge him. See A. H. Stephens's ‘Life,’ by Johnston and Browne, p. 308; also ‘Reminiscences of Samuel K. Lothrop,’ pp. 182-183.
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