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1 Mr. Fish, in an interview with Sumner in June, 1870, instanced Sumner's action in the proposed repeal of the Tenure-of-Office Act as one of his acts in opposition to the President (Works, vol. XIV. p. 259); but all the senator did in relation to the repeal was to object to action; March 9, without deliberation. He kept out of the debate and contention altogether, and voted with the mass of senators of his party. It is more likely that the President was displeased by his objection to summary and exceptional legislation which would relieve Mr. Stewart from disability. The New York Tribune, March 21, 1872, said that Sumner's ‘sonorous voice’ arrested the proposed exemption, and that the senators after reflection were generally found to be against it.
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