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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 35: Massachusetts and the compromise.—Sumner chosen senator.—1850-1851. (search)
he apostasies to freedom. There is one thing needful in our public men,—backbone. See emphatic repetition of this term in the speech of Nov. 6, 1850. Works, vol. II. p. 422. In this is comprised that moral firmness, without which they yield to the pressure of interests of party, of fashion, of public opinion. . . . . In reading the life of wilberforce, I was pleased to follow the references to your grandfather, who seems to have seen much of the great abolitionist. To Lord Morpeth, May 21:— The same steamer that takes this note will carry our friend Prescott to see and enjoy English life. In long gossips together, recently, we have talked much of you, on whose friendship he counts. . . . Our politics are full of vileness. The question of opposing the extension of slavery into territories now free should have united all the North, and I would say the South, too. But one politician after another has given way to slaveholding urgency, until at last Daniel Webster gave wa
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 40: outrages in Kansas.—speech on Kansas.—the Brooks assault.—1855-1856. (search)
and speeches, and of the President's message. New York Tribune, May 21. J. S. Pike's First Blows of the Civil War, pp 335-337. Associated ed to with breathless attention, J. S. Pike in New York Tribune, May 21. closed the part of the speech delivered during the first day:— once at least called to order. J. S. Pike, in New York Tribune, May 21; First Blows in the Civil War, p. 336; Evening Post, May 22. It wa that the end of unrebuked insolence had come. New York Tribune, May 21; J S. Pike in Tribune, May 22. The correspondent of the New York Times, May 21, calls Sumner's retort majestic, elegant, and crushing. Thomas H. Benton, meeting Sumner on the same or next day, said: You had would hang Sumner on the spot. (J. S. Pike in the New York Tribune, May 21.) Rivers, a Southern member, said in presence of other members the the crown of martyrdom. Theodore Parker having written to Sumner, May 21: God bless you for the brave words you spoke the other day, and hav
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
far off; I followed; saw the running and leading of horses, but not my friend; went back to his house, where I saw his new wife; A Scotch lady. M. de Tchihatcheff died in Florence, Italy, Oct. 13, 1890, at the age of eighty-two. Ante, vol. i. p. 242. The writer in visits to that city in 1879, 1882, and 1889 enjoyed his conversation at his apartment in the Piazza di Zuavi. dined with him; got home at ten o'clock, too tired for society, and compelled to give up several opportunities. May 21. Drove with Appleton in Bois de Boulogne; caught in a terrible storm of rain; went home, too much exhausted to go out. May 22. Visited the Horticultural Exhibition in the Palais de l'industrie; drove to Montmartre, saw the cemetery; dined with Appleton, to meet Signor Ruffini, 1807-1881; author of Doctor Antonio. the Italian who has written so successfully in English; afterwards passed an hour or two at Lamartine's. May 23. Took my last French lesson to-day, previous to leaving Pari