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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Poore, Benjamin Perley -1887 (search)
Poore, Benjamin Perley -1887 Journalist; born near Newburyport, Mass., Nov. 2, 1820; learned the printer's trade; was attache of the American legation in Brussels in 1841-48; became a Washington newspaper correspondent in 1854, and continued as such during the remainder of his life. His publications include Campaign life of Gen. Zachary Taylor; Agricultural history of Essex county, Mass.; The conspiracy trial for the murder of Abraham Lincoln; Federal and State charters; The political register and congressional Directory; Life of Burnside: Perley's reminiscences of sixty years in the National metropolis, etc. He died in Washington, D. C., May 30, 1887.
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 36: first session in Congress.—welcome to Kossuth.—public lands in the West.—the Fugitive Slave Law.—1851-1852. (search)
Compromise passed forever from the Senate, it was entered by an equally determined champion of freedom, who would admit no concession wherever its sacred interests were at stake. Such was the body which Sumner with his high idea of the dignity which became a senator now entered. Being a new member, and having political associations obnoxious to nearly all the senators, he was assigned a place at the foot of two committees,—one on revolutionary claims, and the other on roads and canals. Perley (B. P. Poore) described in the Boston Journal, April 4, 1874, incidents connected with Sumner's first session. Sumner at once fell into pleasant relations with his associates. Cass, with the recollection of their intercourse in Paris in 1838, was as amiable and gracious as his position of a Northern man altogether subservient to Southern dictation permitted. The Southern senators, the most advanced and intense in their devotion to slavery (like mason of Virginia and Foote of Mississipp
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 48: Seward.—emancipation.—peace with France.—letters of marque and reprisal.—foreign mediation.—action on certain military appointments.—personal relations with foreigners at Washington.—letters to Bright, Cobden, and the Duchess of Argyll.—English opinion on the Civil War.—Earl Russell and Gladstone.—foreign relations.—1862-1863. (search)
is department as translator, rather from sympathy with his misfortunes than from any service he rendered. He haunted Sumner's study at all hours, coming often in the evening and hanging on till past midnight, breaking in on important business and interrupting all work. Sumner's patience with bores was proverbial; but it had a limit, and the count passed it. One day, worn out with his constant intrusion, and smarting probably under some offensive expressions, the senator bade him leave, Perley's (B. P. Poore's) Reminiscences, vol. II. pp. 137-141.—the only time he was ever known to have shown the door to an unwelcome visitor. Gurowski in his published diary Diary, from 1861 to 1865. vented his spleen both on Sumner and on Seward, the two best friends he had in Washington, though in each case there was a grain of truth in his satire. He criticised Sumner's speeches for their minutiae of research and superfluous erudition. Diary, vol. II. pp. 56, 69, and 219. Poverty and e
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 56: San Domingo again.—the senator's first speech.—return of the angina pectoris.—Fish's insult in the Motley Papers.— the senator's removal from the foreign relations committee.—pretexts for the remioval.—second speech against the San Domingo scheme.—the treaty of Washington.—Sumner and Wilson against Butler for governor.—1870-1871. (search)
t conceal his intensity of feeling, which was hardly ever so great, not even in the debates on Kansas. All the fire of youth came back again, as those who had often heard him felt as they now listened to him. Boston Advertiser, Dec. 22, 1870. Perley (B. P. Poore) called it the most remarkable speech of his life. Boston Journal, Dec. 22, 1870. he began by saying that the resolution, though nominally one of inquiry, committed Congress to a dance of blood, and further on pronounced it another seemed to him that the time had come to test the disposition of all concerned in what he regarded as a great consummation. That was his idea, and that was all of it. This is the substance of the explanation of his position as given by him to Perley (B. P. Poore) and printed in the Boston Journal, Feb. 27, 1871. A fuller account is given in the same journal, Jan. 8 and 14, 1878. According to these reports he declared it a pure invention that he wished to dictate terms to England, or to req
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 59: cordiality of senators.—last appeal for the Civil-rights bill. —death of Agassiz.—guest of the New England Society in New York.—the nomination of Caleb Cushing as chief-justice.—an appointment for the Boston custom-house.— the rescinding of the legislative censure.—last effort in debate.—last day in the senate.—illness, death, funeral, and memorial tributes.—Dec. 1, 1873March 11, 1874. (search)
, who had seen him shortly before, made a similar comment, March 12, 1874. To E. L. Pierce, who on grounds of expediency had advised reserve as to the President, even in conversation, and also only brief remarks in presenting the rescinding resolution, if it was to be presented by himself, he answered, March 5:— Your brother Henry will assure you that I am not unreasonable or impracticable. For a year and several months I have said nothing of the President,—not a word. B. P. Poore (Perley), who saw him daily, states Sumner's abstinence from reference to the President. Boston Journal, March 12, 1874. While an invalid last winter I was confirmed in this rule, which I have followed since. Therefore, anything attributed to me is an invention. Should the Massachusetts resolutions reach me, I shall present them in words as few as those you select; and to this conclusion I came sometime ago. Certainly, I shall say nothing controversial. I am now opposing the monstrosity of a wor
oners of war, were butchered with savage barbarity. Dennison Wallis was taken prisoner. The British soldiers were so much enraged by the severe treatment they were receiving from our marksmen, that the officers could not prevent them from killing the prisoners. Finding that this must be his fate, Wallis attempted to make his escape; the enemy fired upon him, and he received twelve wounds; he fell as he was leaping a wall, and they supposing him dead left him. Nathan Putnam, a brother of Perley, who was killed, was severely wounded in the shoulder. He, as well as Henry Putnam of Medford [see Genealogies], who was killed on the same memorable day, were relations of Gen. Israel Putnam, so celebrated for his courage and for his services in the French, Indian and Revolutionary Wars. Gen. Putnam was a native of Danvers. Daland and Southwick left families. The ages of those who were killed belonging to Danvers, follow:—Samuel Cook, 33 years; Benjamin Daland, 25 years; George Southw
War Preparations --"Perley," the Washington correspondent of the Boston Journal, says that forty-two tons of ammunition are now on the way from New York to Louisiana, under the charge of Adams & Co.'s Express — The freight amounts to over $6,000.