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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 32: the annexation of Texas.—the Mexican War.—Winthrop and Sumner.—1845-1847. (search)
ou do not. On the contrary, I know of no good which may result from a further discussion of these topics between us; and whatever may be our differences of opinion or action, I beg you to believe me very truly your friend. Sumner published, October 25, his open letter to Winthrop, who was then a candidate for re-election, in which he set forth with great earnestness the injustice of the war against Mexico, the falsehood contained in the preamble of the war bill, the responsibility for the mey nature; of generous impulses, but without firmness of character,--unable to keep the heights his soul was competent to gain. In the summer he fell under adverse influence,--that of Schenck, as Giddings thought. His last letter to Sumner was October 25, in which he discountenanced an independent movement, whatever action the national Whig convention might take, and in which, as well as in an address to his constituents, he showed signs of wavering, and put the no territory from Mexico issue a
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)
means of addresses and pamphlets. Wilson, Boutwell, Burlingame, Dana, Hallett, and Griswold, during the six weeks preceding the election, set forth its merits before the people, some of them addressing audiences almost every evening; and until quite near the election they were sanguine that it would be approved by the people. They expected also to carry the Legislature, and this result was most likely to secure Wilson's election as governor. Sumner made his first speech at Greenfield, October 25, and from that time till the election spoke every evening, making seventeen speeches. Fitchburg, October 26; Northampton, 27; Westfield, 28; Springfield, 29; Waltham, 31; Lynn, November 1; Taunton, 2; Nantucket, 3; New Bedford, 4; Fall River, 5; Lawrence, 7; South Danvers, 8; Lowell, 9; Worcester, 10; Marshfield, 11; Boston, 12. At Westfield he called at the State Normal School, which he had aided a few years before. Ante, vol. II. p. 327. Hitherto his topics had appealed directly to
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
duchess. October 24. Left Inverary Castle; duke and duchess crossed the loch with me and said good-by most cordially and kindly; took the stage-coach, and sat on the box by a most communicative coachman to the head of Loch Goil; then by steamer into Loch Long; then the Clyde to Dumbarton, where I stopped to visit James Stirling at Cordale House; his carriage and servants were waiting for me; he has just written a clever book entitled Letters from the Slave States. Pleasant evening. October 25. Mr. Stirling lent me his carriage and horses to take me to Glasgow, sixteen miles; on the way called and lunched at Erskine House with Lord and Lady Blantyre; met there Charles Howard. On reaching Glasgow drove to the Observatory to see Dr. Nichol; John P. Nichol (1804-1859), professor of astronomy. then back to the Queen's Hotel for the night. October 26. Took the early fast train at Glasgow, and reached Penrith at one o'clock, to visit Lord Brougham. His carriage was waiting fo