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change as kings or any privileged orders. Life of Ticknor, vol. II. pp. 230, 234, 236. Sumner wrote to his brother in 1852: You must not confound the opinion of Boston with that of Massachusetts. The Commonwealth is for Kossuth; the city is against him. The line is broadly drawn. The same line is run between my political suppow resorted to only by youths, was before 1850 often the scene of assemblies where one might see the wit, beauty, and fashion of the town. The household life of Boston at this time was most attractive. Travellers have noted the perfect politeness, courtesy, and good breeding which prevailed in it. The Virginian, An account oennedy. who had been taught that there was nothing good in Yankees, and the Englishman, Dickens's American Notes. The best description of the literary life of Boston at this period, given by any foreign visitor, is by John G. Kohl, a German, in his paper entitled The American Athens, contributed to Bentley's Miscellany, and re
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)
venly ladder on which angels are ascending and descending, while weary Humanity, on pillows of stone, slumbers heavily at its feet. Prof. William S. Tyler wrote, in 1886, of Sumner's visit to Amherst:— Having heard the fame of the young Boston orator, the people came together with great expectations; and they were not disappointed. Mr. Sumner's stately eloquence and his lofty moral and political sentiments were greatly admired, and called for the rounds of applause such as were not of in 1849 with Lady Emmeline Stuart Wortley to Prescott's, at Nahant. These opportunities to talk over English society were very agreeable to him; and though it was not often convenient to entertain guests at his mother's house, he could show them Boston, drive with them to the suburbs, and take them to Prescott's and Longfellow's. He had pleasant meetings in Boston with other foreigners than Englishmen,—with Frederika Bremer in the winter of 1849– 1850, See Miss Bremer's Homes of the New Worl<
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 31: the prison—discipline debates in Tremont Temple.—1846-1847. (search)
afterwards he expressed regret that he had omitted to name the mover first, and also that he had placed Dwight, whose action was the subject of complaint, on the committee. Bradford Sumner and Dr. Channing, however, did not attend the meetings of the committee, leaving the acting committee to consist of the other three members, with Charles Sumner as chairman. Dwight was absent during the summer of 1846, to attend the International Penitentiary Congress at Frankfort-on-the-Main; but his Boston antagonists, though not present, more than matched him there. Sumner advised Mr. Rathbone, of Liverpool, and Dr. Julius, of Berlin, of his coming; and the former in England and the latter on the Continent were assiduous in distributing among the delegates the Liverpool edition of Sumner's recent speech. The president of the Congress was Sumner's friend, Professor Mittermaier, of Heidelberg. It was a distinguished assembly, composed of men eminent in jurisprudence and science, or practical
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)
striction. He had been a favorite in society, and had a genuine relish for the taste, luxury, and refined conversation which at the time distinguished the homes whose interior life he well knew. This weakness—if weakness it was—was not peculiar to him; and it is to his credit that it did not keep him from the discharge of his duty; for hard as the sacrifice was, he made it without hesitation. After all, it was best for the rupture to come when it did. Sumner could not have kept along with Boston society as then organized and inspired, and yet fulfilled the high behests of his being. The choice of Hercules was before him, and he chose well; and unlike Hillard, who was held back from his splendid possibilities by the untoward influence, he went forward with a free and unhindered red spirit to do great service for mankind, and take his place as a permanent figure in American history. Sumner did not cherish then or later any animosity to Winthrop. To his brother George, arriving fr
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)
y to the honors and responsibilities which awaited him. The writer is not to be understood as saying that Sumner produced conviction with more minds than some other speakers,—notably Charles Allen, S. C. Phillips, and R. H. Dana, Jr. Other speakers who rendered conspicuous service in the campaign were Samuel and E. R. Hoar. father and son. Charles Allen, of Worcester, by his personal influence and force of character and his favorable situation in a community removed from the influence of Boston capital, perhaps brought more votes to the party than any one of the leaders See, for sketches of the Free Soil leaders, Boston Republican, Oct. 31, 1849. Longfellow's diary illustrates Sumner's tone of mind at this time:— June 24, 1848. Dined in town. Saw Sumner surrounded by his captains, Adams, Allen, and Phillips They are in great fervor touching their Anti-Taylor-and-Cass meeting in Worcester. Sept. 3. Sumner full of zeal for the Barnburners. But he shrinks a little from
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 34: the compromise of 1850.—Mr. Webster. (search)
tions, they had their way. An appeal was also made to a more sordid sentiment, and Northern capitalists were assured by Webster and other supporters of the Compromise that a revision of the tariff in their interest could be obtained only by concession to Southern demands. Horace Mann's Life, pp. 331, 332, 335, 337. Webster's Private Correspondence. vol. II. pp. 366, 370, 388, 390, 391; Webster's Works, vol. VI. p. 547. Von Holst, vol. III. p. 505. The paper drawn by Eliot and signed by Boston merchants in support of the Compromise before it was passed put forward the beneficent legislation which would follow it. Boston Courier, June 12, 1850. Palfrey's Five years progress of the Slave power treats of the alliance of that power with the Northern money-power through trade and political equivalents. This review of Webster's course on slavery in 1850-1852, which has been generally left in the background by his eulogists, has been no welcome task; but it is essential to an unders
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)
confidence to me here to know that you are connected with it. Of all the papers which visit me at breakfast, I open that Boston sheet first; then comes the Evening Post of New York. This Congress is the worst— or rather promises to be the worst—sinreturn of the slave to bondage (Life, vol. II. p. 232), found satisfaction for it in the humiliation it has brought upon Boston and Massachusetts. It is a severe cure for their misconduct in 1850, which betrayed us all through the Union. The exulty executed, and that one of its servants perished in the madness. On these grounds the senator from Tennessee charges Boston with fanaticism. I express no opinion on the conduct of individuals; but I do say that the fanaticism which the senator s the same which opposed the Tea-tax; it is the fanaticism which finally triumphed on Bunker Hill. The senator says that Boston is filled with traitors. That charge is not new. Boston of old was the home of Hancock and Adams. Her traitors now are