be the subject of cavil, they would not, by drawing public attention to it, strengthen the position of its author.
Of English friends who expressed warmly their approval of the speech, were Alderson
among judges; Adolphus, the reporter, now a county judge; W. E. Forster
, then a contributor to the Westminster Review
on the slavery question; Nassau W. Senior
, Joseph Parkes
, John Kenyon
, George Combe
, and the most affectionate of all Sumner
's English friends, the Earl
These, as well as other Englishmen, rarely closed their letters without the expression of an earnest desire to see him again in their country.