A letter to the Boston Daily Advertiser in reference to the petition for the rescinding of the resolutions censuring Senator Sumner for his motion to erase from the United States flags the record of the battles of the civil war.
I beg leave to occupy a small space in the columns of the Advertiser for the purpose of noticing a charge which has been brought against the petitioners for rescinding the resolutions of the late extra session virtually censuring the Hon. Charles Sumner.
It is intimated that the action of these petitioners evinces a lack of appreciation of the services of the soldiers of the Union, and that not to censure Charles Sumner is to censure the volunteers of Massachusetts.
As a matter of fact, the petitioners express no opinion as to the policy or expediency of the senator's proposition.
Some may believe it not only right in itself, but expedient and well-timed; others that it was inexpedient or premature.
None doubt that, sooner or later, the thing which it contemplates must be done, if we are to continue a united people.
What they feel and insist upon is that the proposition is one which implies no disparagement of the soldiers of Massachusetts and the Union; that it neither receives nor merits the ‘unqualified condemnation of the people’ of the state; and that it furnishes no ground whatever
Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and company, 1888-89.
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