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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 3: the Philadelphia period (search)
his race. The Rev. Dr. Furness used to speak with delight of an aged Philadelphia lady, Franklin's grand-niece, who was in the habit of saying her prayers while coming down stairs to breakfast, in order to save time. On the fifth of July he writes to Strahan: You have begun to burn our towns, and murder our people. Look upon your hands -they are stained with the blood of your relations! You and I were long friends; you are now my enemy, and I am, Yours, B. Franklin. On the third of October, Franklin again writes to Priestley: Tell our dear good friend, Dr. Price, who sometimes had his doubts and despondencies about our firmness, that America is determined and unanimous, --a very few Tories and placemen excepted, who will probably soon export themselves. Britain, at the expense of three million pounds, has killed one hundred and fifty Yankees this campaign — which is twenty thousand pounds a head; and at Bunker's Hill she gained a mile of ground, half of which she lost ag
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 3, Chapter 6: third mission to England.—1846. (search)
Ante, p. 166. bade good-bye to London, and began his North British Sept. 18. tour, reaching Glasgow on September 19, by way of Newcastle and Berwick. His perfervid Scotch friends gave him even less rest than he had snatched in England. On October 3, he wrote from Belfast of the past fortnight: I have been hurried from place to place, and held meeting after meeting, and turned day into night and night into day, and spoken in public, and talked almost incessantly in private, and come into cesh labors, under the most cheering auspices, won him a public breakfast at the Eagle Hotel, overpowering to his feelings as a Oct. 2, 1846. testimonial of affectionate regard. Mr. Garrison's next destination was Belfast, where he landed on October 3, to find that sectarianism had, through a portion of the press of that city, been raising against him the cry of Infidel, with the customary misrepresentations and fictions. This cost him, however, neither an audience nor its approbation. In
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 3, Chapter 8: the Anti-Sabbath Convention.—1848. (search)
hat does it not owe to you? I know what others have done—what sacrifices they have made, what labors bestowed, what impulses they have given—(I speak with special reference to the women in our cause)—and I remember them all with gratitude and admiration; but your position and influence have been preeminently valuable. . . . Accept my thanks, fervent but poor, for all that you have done. Mrs. Chapman sailed with her children and her sister Caroline Weston on July 19, 1848 (Lib. 18: 118). On Oct. 3, Edmund Quincy wrote to R. D. Webb (Ms.): You can hardly imagine what a difference the closing of Mrs. Chapman's house makes to me. Boston is a different place to me. Any of my own blood relations might go away and not make such a change. For I love not only the society of herself and her family, but in a great degree of all her sisters, too. But I have had the advantage of it for ten years, and that is a good slice of life. W. L. Garrison to his Wife. [Bensonville], July 23, 1848. <
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 3, Chapter 13: the Bible Convention.—1853. (search)
as an outbreak of passion, contempt, indignation, and every vile emotion of the soul, throwing into the shade almost everything coming from the vilest of the vile that I have ever witnessed on any occasion or under any circumstances; venerable men, claiming to be holy men, the ambassadors of Jesus Christ, losing all self-respect and transforming themselves into the most unmannerly and violent spirits, merely on account of the sex of the individual who wished to address the assembly. On October 3, Mr. Garrison began a tour to the West Lib. 23.158. with special reference to Michigan. Cleveland was his first halting-place, for there, on the 6th, 7th, and 8th of the month, the fourth National Woman's Rights Convention was to be held. He served on the business committee and was among the speakers, the nine sessions passing off Hist. Woman Suffrage, 1.125, 136; Lib. 23.174, 182. with no sign of popular displeasure, though not without clerical disturbance. Joseph Barker, having ma
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 33: the national election of 1848.—the Free Soil Party.— 1848-1849. (search)
, the epithet of Joseph Surface. In the issues of October 12, 13, 16, and November 2. Sumner was accused of attempting to mislead the people in holding the Whigs responsible for not resisting the admission of Texas as a slave State. To this charge he replied in a letter,—Atlas, October 16; Advertiser, October 18. The Advertiser, while refraining from the coarse epithets of the Atlas, gave to its arguments against the new party a personal direction at Sumner and Adams,—September 21, 27; October 3, 13, 17, 28, 30. It belittled the slavery question, treated the alleged slave-power as fictitious, and denied that the slaveholding interest was a dangerous power in the government,—August 11, and September 9, 11. The Whig newspaper outside of Boston which reflected most the spirit of the Boston press was the New Bedford Mercury. It applied then and later to Free Soilers the coarsest epithets,—to Giddings, for instance, knave, hypocrite, bigot, lying politician. The Lowell Courier was
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 35: Massachusetts and the compromise.—Sumner chosen senator.—1850-1851. (search)
e personal liberty law of 1843 had been passed during the Democratic administration of Marcus Morton. They were generally farmers and artisans, free from the influence of the mercantile interests then dominant in the Whig party. Their leaders at the time were Robert Rantoul, Jr., Frederick Robinson, Whiting Griswold, Nathaniel P. Banks, Jr., and Benjamin F. Butler,—all of whom in sentiment were in a greater or less degree favorable to the Free Soilers. the Free Soil State convention met October 3, in Boston, at the Washingtonian Hall on Bromfield Street, but requiring more room for the delegates adjourned at noon to the Beach Street Museum. Buckingham was the president, and Adams chairman of the committee on resolutions. Sumner attended as a delegate. Early in the session he read a letter from S. C. Phillips declining to be again the candidate for governor, and remarked, as he finished the reading, that it seemed to him very difficult to spare its author. He served on the commi
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
. October 1. Left Ambleside early; stopped at Brougham Hall for a couple of hours; resisted pressing invitation to stay to dinner and all night; went on to Carlisle. October 2. Drove out to Scaleby Hall (seven miles) to call on Longfellow's correspondent, Miss Farrar; she was gone; her brothers received me kindly, took me to Scaleby Castle; took the train in the afternoon for Newcastle and South Shields, and reached the house of my old friend, Robert Ingham, M. P., in the evening. October 3. Rambled about, hoping to recognize old spots which I had known nineteen years ago; company at dinner. October 4. Sunday. Visited the church at the neighboring village of Jarrow to see the chair in which the venerable Bede sat; company at dinner. October 5. Left Westoe at eleven o'clock; train to Newcastle; then by Berwick to Edinburgh, where I arrived before dark; stopped at MacGregor's (Royal Hotel); saw my friend from Boston, Prof. Henry D. Rogers. (1808-1866.) Native of Phila
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, chapter 14 (search)
urnace you lived in was hot enough at Washington; but to be roasted after this extra-fashion is awful. I shudder to think of it. I hope the relief they promise you will compensate for it; but I have an instinctive aversion to medical butchery. You have paid a heavy installment to the cause of liberty. I hope it has come to the last farthing 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
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 45: an antislavery policy.—the Trent case.—Theories of reconstruction.—confiscation.—the session of 1861-1862. (search)
ner's citations from Greek and Roman history underwent criticism in newspaper articles, the tone of which disclosed that the writers were less interested in historical verity than in weakening his position as a public man. Boston Advertiser, October 3 and 10. Charles C. Hazewell came to Sumner's defence in his Review of the Week in the Boston Traveller, October 19. In a note to the speech (Works, vol. VI. pp. 30-64) Sumner printed a large number of extracts from newspapers and letters addr, April, 1862, p. 463.) Sumner's undelivered speech on his resolutions became an article in the Atlantic Monthly, October, 1863 (Works, vol. VII. pp. 493-546), to which Montgomery Blair, Attorney-General, replied in a speech at Rockville, Md., October 3. The resolutions, however, were supported in the New York Tribune, Feb. 25 and March 15, 1862, by O. A. Brownson, the Catholic writer, and by a public meeting in Cooper Institute, March 6, 1862, where James A. Hamilton took the chair. (Works,
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 48: Seward.—emancipation.—peace with France.—letters of marque and reprisal.—foreign mediation.—action on certain military appointments.—personal relations with foreigners at Washington.—letters to Bright, Cobden, and the Duchess of Argyll.—English opinion on the Civil War.—Earl Russell and Gladstone.—foreign relations.—1862-1863. (search)
r. George Sumner, who had been smitten with paralysis two years before, died, October 6, at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Charles was with him daily after his return from Washington, except at the time of his address in New York, being then called home by the tidings of George's rapid decline. Longfellow and Dr. Howe were frequent visitors to their friend's room at the hospital, and George W. Greene came occasionally from his Rhode Island home. To Mrs. Waterston, Charles wrote, October 3: I should have been to see you, and also to Quincy, except that every evening I have been with my poor brother, who now is visibly passing away, so that I was obliged to forego all the gratification of society. During the last week my brother has failed constantly; he can no longer converse, but simply says a few words. It seems as if the thread of life cannot spin for many days, even if it can for hours. Charles was at the bedside at the final moment, and wrote the next day to Mr. Wat
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