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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 28: the city Oration,—the true grandeur of nations.—an argument against war.—July 4, 1845.—Age 34. (search)
State— guests of the city—were present, and sat bravely under the infliction. The Mail, while bearing witness to its eloquence, original thought, and power of expression, called it an extraordinary discourse, with absurd ultraisms and the true Garrison style; and said: He struck out into a new path, and left all the threadbare themes of his predecessors undisturbed in their glorious repose. The Advertiser described it as an able and ingenious discourse, such as was anticipated from the emine, and pronounced by all to be a masterly production. The Christian Register, a Unitarian weekly, spoke of it as being, by common report, a bold, eloquent, and masterly performance,--going unreservedly against all war whatever. The Liberator,—Mr. Garrison's paper,—alone among the journals, gave at once a complete approval, saying: It was distinguished for its chastened eloquence and the spirit of peace and good — will to mankind. It has excited an immense sensation in the military, politica
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 56: San Domingo again.—the senator's first speech.—return of the angina pectoris.—Fish's insult in the Motley Papers.— the senator's removal from the foreign relations committee.—pretexts for the remioval.—second speech against the San Domingo scheme.—the treaty of Washington.—Sumner and Wilson against Butler for governor.—1870-1871. (search)
to take a place which might involve any semblance of antagonism to his friend the senator; but Dr. Howe was less considerate in this respect. The commission sailed Jan. 18, 1871, accompanied y Frederick Douglass, General Sigel, and several editors. They remained in San Domingo or its waters from January 23 to February 28, being engaged about five weeks in their observations. The character of their report was assured from the beginning. William L. Garrison wrote, Sumner's letter to Garrison is printed in the latter's Life, vol. IV. p. December 2:— I want to thank you for your recent speech in the Senate in opposition to the undesirable and uncalled — for scheme of President Grant for the annexation of San Domingo. With all my understanding, heart, and soul I am with you, both in the letter and the spirit. The assaults made upon you by Morton, Conkling, and Chandler excite equal disgust and indignation, and will certainly recoil heavily upon themselves, doing you in th
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 7. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Zzz Missing head (search)
I had read Governor Trumbull's description of the tarring and feathering of his hero MacFingal, when, after the application of the melted tar, the feather-bed was ripped open and shaken over him, until Not Maia's son, with wings for ears, Such plumes about his visage wears, Nor Milton's six-winged angel gathers Such superfluity of feathers, and I confess I was quite unwilling to undergo a martyrdom which my best friends could scarcely refrain from laughing at. But a summons like that of Garrison's bugle-blast could scarcely be unheeded by one who, from birth and education, held fast the traditions of that earlier abolitionism which, under the lead of Benezet and Woolman, had effaced from the Society of Friends every vestige of slave-holding. I had thrown myself, with a young man's fervid enthusiasm, into a movement which commended itself to my reason and conscience, to my love of country, and my sense of duty to God and my fellow-men. My first venture in authorship was the public
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