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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)
heir senator, thought it sufficient for him to take the advanced position without any action of the convention,—in number large enough to have prevented a majority vote in their favor. Sumner's old Free Soil associates were not quite unanimous in supporting his view. Mr. Jay in a letter advised awaiting the progress of events and the development of opinion among war Democrats; R. H. Dana, Jr., signified his dissent (Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. II. pp. 259, 260; Boston Advertiser, October 26); and even Governor Andrew regarded both Sumner's and Dr. Clarke's action as untimely. The Boston Advertiser, October 4, called Sumner's an unfortunate speech. Sumner'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 t