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as he was in company, they left word at the door, that, if they could not have a private interview, they would cut his throat before another night. Messrs. Burlingame and Sherman remained as a guard until the next morning. The friends of Mr. Sumner were much alarmed; and among others G. B. Weston thus wrote to him from Duxbury, Mass., I am ready to shoulder my musket, and march to the Capitol, and there sacrifice my life in defence of free speech and the right. By the foresight of A. B. Johnson, Mr. Sumner's private secretary, a body-guard armed with revolvers was arranged, which attended him, without his knowledge, to and from the Senate-chamber. Prompt to sustain him in his heroic defence of truth, the legislature of Massachusetts passed on the 20th of June these resolutions-- Resolved, That the thanks of the people of this Commonwealth are due, and are hereby tendered, to the Hon. Charles Sumner for his recent manly and earnest assertion of the right of free discussion