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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 30: addresses before colleges and lyceums.—active interest in reforms.—friendships.—personal life.—1845-1850. (search)
with his reputation as a public speaker, had hitherto distrusted his ability in other directions, now admitted his intellectual power. Rarely if ever has an academic address made so deep an impression on the thoughts and aspirations of youth. On the evening of the same day Longfellow wrote in his journal: Phi Beta Kappa. A grand, elevated, eloquent oration from Sumner. He spoke it with great ease and elegance; and was from beginning to end triumphant. Rev. Edward Everett Hale wrote, September 4, to Sumner: You must have been delighted, when all was over, to remember how entirely you commanded and swayed your audience. But at the time I thought you were unconscious of everything but your subject. One of the class graduating in 1846, who heard the address, George F. Hoar, wrote in 1883: There was a large audience in the church. Mr. Sumner delivered the whole address, which I think took nearly or quite three hours. I had not, of course, at twenty years of age, heard many of
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)
ts of courtesy and good breeding. A similar tribute was given in the New York Evening Post, June 1, and the Wheeling (Va.) Gazette, quoted in the Commonwealth, September 4. This was the testimony of observers, even of those not sympathetic with his views. It will be remembered that during his first session he received in silence New York Tribune, June 28,29, and 30; New York Evening Post, June 29 and July 5; New York Times, June 30; Wheeling (Va.) Gazette (quoted in Boston Commonwealth, September 4); Liberator, July 28. The mercantile press of Boston was obliged at last to yield to the public demand for his speeches, hitherto accessible only through the Frbuse 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 unscrupu
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, chapter 14 (search)
rthing through this fiery trial. And to be so far away from home, too, and from friends to cheer you and to sympathize! It is grievous indeed! Again, October 3:— You still talk of repenting your fiery trial. Perhaps you are right. But I would not be the physician to assume the responsibility of advising it,—no, not for worlds. He wrote again, November 21, in the same vein. The Duchess of Argyll, whose letters were frequent while he was seeking health in Europe, wrote, September 4, from Inverary: I do wish to know exactly how you are; so never think you can tell me too much about this. I do trust all that severe suffering is to end in restored health. How strange it Must seem to you to be obliged to be quiet and inactive! But how many who have fought God's battles here have been so taught to know where the strength is which is to win the fight? God bless you through it all, dear Mr. Sumner! He knows how hard it is for you,—harder for your friends, perhap<