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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)
III. pp. 414-423, where some of these testimonies are given. Henry Wilson recognized in the speech the heaviest blow its author had struck the slaveholding oligarchy, and again recalled with pleasure his own part in placing him in the Senate. Charles A. Dana, of the New York Tribune, approved it as a splendid excoriation and incineration of those fellows. Rev. A. A. Livermore gratefully acknowledged the noble, lofty, and successful power with which he had fought the good fight; and Rev. F. A. Farley praised his grand forbearance amid unusual and unjust provocation. Theodore Parker wrote that he had never before been so proud of him. John P. Hale had heard all classes express unmingled gratification with the speech, in New York and Boston, and on public conveyances. John A. Andrew regarded his recent rencontre with the wild beasts of Ephesus as a brilliant success. Wendell Phillips, as an old friend, wrote with an earnestness of approval which he rarely gave to any man. Richard
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)
They came not only from those who had been in accord with him before, but as well from others who confessed a change of heart as they meditated on the outrage in its personal and public aspects,—from obscure persons, whom he would never see, but who testified the inspiration they had—drawn from his character and career; from women who placed him in their affection and admiration by the side of husband or son; from clergymen like Wayland, Storrs (father and son), Beecher, Huntington, Dexter, Farley, Clarke, Parker, Francis, Lowell, Kirk, and others less known to fame, but not less devoted ministers at the altars of patriotism and religion. Of the letters received between May 22 and June 30, not less than three hundred and fifty are preserved. It would be instructive to read in connection with these files the letters received by Douglas, Mason, Butler, and Brooks for the same period, and compare the sentiments expressed, as well as the character of the writers. A few extracts mu