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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 35: Massachusetts and the compromise.—Sumner chosen senator.—1850-1851. (search)
he place of Daniel Webster. The decisive rout of the Whigs was due to the support of the Compromise and of Webster by the party in Boston, and its ambiguous position in other parts of the State. Emancipator and Republican, Boston Atlas, November 14 and 15. Dr. Bailey wrote to Sumner, November 27, You have whipped Webster. The Courier and Advertiser, which had insisted that the Fugitive Slave law was a part of Whig policy, had repelled Whig voters who would not acquiesce in its inhuman prss resolutions against slavery. Seth Webb, Jr., an active Free Soiler, on the morning of the day after the election, left a memorandum in Sumner's office announcing the result; and adding, You are bound for Washington. E. L. Pierce wrote, November 14, with reference to the selection of the senator: Many eyes—yes, many hearts—now turn towards the defender of peace, of freedom, of the prisoner,— in a word, of human progress. Giddings wrote, November 25, rejoicing at the result of the electi<
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)
must confess to some fears for your safety, but am glad to learn that the proscriptive spirit does not now as in times past pervade all classes at Washington. May our Heavenly Father still continue to guide and bless you! Closing her letter, November 14, she wrote:— May the blessing of God go with you, and keep a pure and noble spirit unsullied! Sumner's first appearance before his constituents after his return from Washington was at the Republican State convention held at Worcesterbrary Association, a lecture on The position and duties of the merchant, illustrated by the life of Granville Sharp. He was received with enthusiasm by the audience which filled Tremont Temple. The Liberator, November 17; Boston Telegraph, November 14. The lecture, though given in a literary course, had, as usual with him, a moral and political aim,—to stimulate peaceable and lawful resistance to the Fugitive Slave Act in imitation of the British philanthropist, whose antislavery labors, no
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)
long struggle was before him. His sensitive, sympathetic temperament was doubtless a part of his case, making recovery less steady and more difficult. After his arrival in Boston he remained four months at home, with many visits to Longfellow at Cambridge, taking systematic exercise and avoiding excitement. Longfellow wrote in his diary, November 2: Sumner arrived just as we were sitting down to breakfast; he looks well in the face, but is feeble, and walks with an uncertain step. November 14: Sumner is getting on very well; he takes a pretty long trot on horseback every forenoon, and a walk in the afternoon, and sleeps well. Still, I fear he has a long and weary road before him. John Brown's call on the senator in February, 1857, is described by an eye-witness, James Freeman Clarke, in his Memorial and Biographical Sketches, pp. 101, 102. Sumner's call on Lydia Maria Child at this time is noted in her Letters, p. 88. He was able to ride on horseback, but otherwise passed mo