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choosing for his study the front chamber above the parlor, he arranged the specimens of art and the books he had secured abroad, and there for many years pursued his literary course. His books were his society, his pen the instrument of his toil. He labored unremittingly; now delving into classical lore, now poring over the tomes of mediaeval learning, now studying the works of the French and English statesmen, and now communing with the spirits of the Revolutionary patriots,--Adams, Ames, Jay, Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, Washington. To use the language which he loved, it could be truly said of him,--Come l'ape succhia i fiori, Succhia i detti de‘ migliori. Thus he treasured up that precious store of facts, principles, and illustrations with which he embellished (sometimes at the risk of being called a pedant) his discourses. He resumed the practice of the law: but his thoughts were given rather to its principles and its literature than to its prosaic and dry details; an
emedy,--union among men, without distinction of party, at the North, who shall take possession of the national government, and administer it in the spirit of freedom and not of slavery. Oh! when will the North be aroused? Ever sincerely yours, Charles Sumner. On the 9th of May following, he delivered, at the Metropolitan Theatre, New York, a brilliant address on The Necessity, Practicability, and Dignity of the Anti-Slavery Enterprise. In presenting him to the vast audience, the Hon. William Jay said, I introduce him to you as a Northern senator on whom nature has conferred the unusual gift of a backbone,--a man who, standing erect on the floor of Congress amid creeping things from the North, with Christian fidelity denounces the stupendous wickedness of the Fugitive Law and Nebraska perfidy, and, in the name of liberty, humanity, and religion, demands the repeal of those most atrocious enactments. Speaking of the outspread and power of the antislavery sentiment, Mr. Sumne