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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 37: the national election of 1852.—the Massachusetts constitutional convention.—final defeat of the coalition.— 1852-1853. (search)
iving an invitation to attend the Fourth of July celebration by the city government of Boston for this year, Sumner sent to the mayor a toast in favor of a railroad from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, Works, vol. III. p. 228.—an enterprise whose fulfilment seemed then far in the distance. Congress had taken the first step in the preceding March by providing for a survey, but the line was not open across the continent till sixteen years later. Sumner wrote to W. W. Story at Rome, August 2:— I take up this old sheet on which nearly a year ago I commenced a letter to you; if I have not written it has not been from indifference. Only yesterday the convention for revising our Constitution closed its labors. I was a member for the borough of Marshfield, and have been much occupied in various ways during the session. This is our first day of rest, and I fly to you and Rome. Of all the members of the convention, during our three months work, Richard Dana has gained mos
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 38: repeal of the Missouri Compromise.—reply to Butler and Mason.—the Republican Party.—address on Granville Sharp.—friendly correspondence.—1853-1854. (search)
, asserted itself vigorously against it, both through the press and the advice of Abbott Lawrence and other Whig leaders. The Whig journals of the city appealed to the Whigs to keep away from the mass convention and to stand by the Whig organization; and they did their best to revive old animosities by applying the odious epithets to the Free Soilers which for six years had been familiar to the public,—the volume of abuse falling as usual most heavily on Wilson. Advertiser, July 17, 20; August 2, 5, 8, 15, 31; September 5, 8. Atlas, July 1, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28; August 10; September 4, 15, 18, 20; October 14. Journal, June 30; July 19, 22; August 14, 22, 31; September 6, 8, 9. The Atlas (September 8) called Wilson the ambitious and unscrupulous leader of the Free Soilers. Even after the Know Nothing victory in the autumn, the Whig journals, in defending their opposition to a fusion, called the Free Soil leaders unwise, insincere, hypocritical, and unprincipled. Advertiser, Novem
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)
ongfellow (Longfellow's Life, vol. III. p. 47), but an ill turn came immediately after. E. L. Pierce sought him at Cape May, July 21-23, and found him in a state of extreme weakness, precluding physical and mental exertion. Boston Advertiser, August 2. He wrote to Giddings, July 22:— My earnest hope is to take my seat in the Senate this session, and I do not think I shall resign this hope until the session is closed; but I am at times much discouraged. For a week I prospered here,r kinsman, Mr. Butler. His constituents, with only six dissenting votes, re-elected him, and he was in his seat again Aug. 1, 1856, two weeks after his resignation. His triumphant air as he took the oath was observed. New York Evening Post, August 2. The New York Times, Oct. 8, 1856, reported fully a banquet given to Brooks at Ninety-six, with speeches from himself, Toombs, Butler, and Governor Adams. Brooks spoke of himself as in his deed the type and representative of the entire South,
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
r's [at Tottenham], where were many friends of peace and antislavery, chiefly Quakers; afterwards went to House of Commons. July 31. Made calls; at half-past 1 o'clock long interview with Lord Palmerston; in the evening House of Commons, when I heard Mr. Gladstone in an elaborate speech against the divorce bill; dined in the lobby of the House with Lord Ebrington. August 1. Went to Stoke Park to visit the Laboucheres. There were Mr. and Mrs. William Cooper and Lord and Lady Bagot. August 2. Sunday. Went to church in Gray's church; wandered about his churchyard; visited the monument of Lord Coke; in the afternoon drove to the chapel at Windsor, where was a choral service; called on the dean, Dr. Wellesley, who took us into the private grounds of the castle; drove by Eton back to Stoke, which we reached about eight o'clock. August 3. Returned to town; by appointment visited Lambeth, where I was shown over the palace by Rev. Mr. Thomas, the son-in-law of the Archbishop; atte