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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 47: third election to the Senate. (search)
lefield alone, and it will be only in appearance that it will end, not in reality. Time will be gained for new efforts, and slavery will coil itself to spring again. The rebellion may seem to be vanquished, and yet it will triumph. The Union may seem to conquer, and yet it will succumb. The republic may seem to be saved, and yet it will be lost,—handed over a prey to that injustice which, so long as it exists, must challenge the judgments of a righteous God. The speech delighted Dr Thomas Guthrie of Edinburgh, who made it a topic of public prayer in a church service. Letter of the Duchess of Argyll to Sumner, Dec. 3, 1862. In the beginning he spoke, but only briefly, of the criticisms to which he had been recently subjected,—recalling Burke's address to the electors at Bristol as appropriate to similar accusations against himself, to the effect that he had overdone in pushing the principles of general justice and benevolence too far; and he challenged scrutiny of his recor