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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore) 3 1 Browse Search
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3 2 0 Browse Search
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hat, I am not. I came here to sustain and uphold American institutions — to defend the rights of the North as well as the South--to secure harmony and good fellowship between all sections of our common country. They dared not answer these questions. The Southern temper had not then been gotten up. As my questions were not answered, I moved an adjournment of the caucus sine die. Mr Craig, of Virginia, seconded the motion, and the company was broken up. We returned to the house, and Mr. Ingersoll, of Pennsylvania--a glorious patriot then, as now — introduced a resolution which temporarily calmed the excitement. After this John Quincy Adams introduced a petition said to be signed by four negroes of Fredericksburg. The Representative from that district proved it to be a hoax; that no such persons lived in that vicinity. But even this trifling hoax was seized upon as a pretext or a means of disrupting the Union. I am not afraid to address a Maryland audience, and to express
view to change the old, and form a new Government. As no gentleman undertook either to answer my interrogatories or reply to my remonstrance against the proposed proceeding, I moved an adjournment, sine die, which motion was seconded by Mr. Craig, of Virginia, and the meeting was dissolved. After adjourning, the members of the meeting resumed their seats in the House, where resolutions on the slavery question, which had been prepared by Mr. W. B. Shepherd, of North Carolina, and Mr. J. R. Ingersoll, of Philadelphia, were offered, and were voted for by every member of the House, excepting three or four of those who were then known as Nullifiers. This, in substance, I think, was the statement made to the meeting at Front street Theatre. It is proper I should say now, if I did not then, that I have no reason to suppose that there were many persons in this meeting of the members of Congress, who were not trusted any further than I was in the purposes for which it was assembled.
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)
e letter. See ante, vol. II. p. 193. Mr. Bancroft, then Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Pakenham, the British minister, and received attentions from Mr. Winthrop. Sumner was not in Washington again till after his election as senator. In the late summer or early autumn, Sumner made usually what he called his annual sally,—a journey of two or three weeks. In September, 1845, he visited Chancellor Kent; and the same autumn, when inspecting the prison at Philadelphia, dined with his friend J. R. Ingersoll. The next autumn he was the guest of Mr. Maillard, recently married to Miss Annie Ward, of New York, then occupying at Bordentown, N. J., the mansion of the late Joseph Bonaparte, He described the place in the Boston Whig, 7 Oct. 12, 1846. where he went over its treasures of art, and took rides on horseback through the spacious grounds. Each summer he passed some time with his brother Albert, at Newport. He was often with Longfellow at Nahant as well as at the Craigie House in Cam