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Senator Sumner's history.

--Senator Sumner made the assertion on Tuesday that Lafayette was an anti-slavery man, and would not have come to the assistance of this country if he had known that slavery would exist hereafter. Now, no matter what Mr. Lafayette may or may not have said, it is a historical fact that he was a slaveholder himself after the Revolution. As late as 1788 he was the owner of a plantation and about eighty negroes in French Guiana, which, in that year, he did not emancipate, but sold for cash.

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