An angry personal debate followed, in which Mr. Butler of South Carolina, and Mr. Mason of Virginia, directed against Mr. Sumner their most violent and insulting attacks, as well as against the State he represented.
His reply to Assailants, as the speech was afterwards known, was a withering satire, which could be answered only by scurrilous abuse; his facts were impregnable.
I think, sir, that I am not the only person on this floor, who, in lately listening to these two self-confesolve, they expect a vain thing.
There was, perhaps, little that fell from these two champions, as the fit was on, which deserves reply.
Certainly not the hard words they used so readily and congenially.
The veteran Senator from Virginia [Mr. Mason] complained that I had characterized one of his constituents—a person who went all the way from Virginia to Boston in pursuit of a slave—as a Slave-hunter.
Sir, I choose to call things by their right names.
White I call white, and black I cal