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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)
vorite idea with Sumner through life. Works, vol. XIII. pp, 127-130. North American Review, July-August, 1878; pp. 78-80: A Senator's Fidelity Vindicated, by E. L. Pierce. To John A. Kasson, New Bedford, July 12:— When I tell you that your article on law reform Law Reporter, Boston, June, 1849, pp. 61-80. expounds vieven Hawthorne, who never attended a political meeting or wrote a political article, has been ejected from his small retreat in the Salem custom house. To Edward L. Pierce, Dorchester, December 19:— I thank you much for your kind words of sympathy. They make me forget many of the hard things which it is my lot to encounteryou the afternoon we were to go to Cambridge together. I was sorry to lose the opportunity of making you and Longfellow better acquainted. Come again. To E. L. Pierce, Brown University, June 24, 1850:— I agree with Professor Lincoln. A reply to a request for advice as to accepting an election as a member of the Phi <
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 31: the prison—discipline debates in Tremont Temple.—1846-1847. (search)
on discipline. As is often the case in human life, He doubtless came to see that its importance had been overrated, or that it called rather for scientific treatment than for excited debate. Once, late in life, he had a practical connection with the construction of a prison, in 1872, when, as a member of the Senate committee on the District of Columbia, he insisted that there should be a house of correction established with the jail about to be built in Washington, and after applying to E. L. Pierce for suggestions as to a proper model, caused one hundred thousand dollars to be added to the appropriation. He was the chairman of the committee of conference which decided finally on the provisions of the bill. Sumner had an interest unusual with public men in questions outside of politics. Tocqueville plied Mr. Webster with questions on prison discipline, but found that he was not interested in the subject, saying that it was useless to try to reform criminals. Tocqueville added:
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 33: the national election of 1848.—the Free Soil Party.— 1848-1849. (search)
me to the front before or during the Civil War,—Sumner, Adams, Wilson, Burlingame, Dana, E. R. Hoar, and Andrew. Among the younger Free Soilers were George F. Hoar, Henry L. Pierce, John A. Kasson, and Marcus Morton, Jr, the last of whom became chief-justice of the Supreme Court of the State. The Free Soilers of Massachusetts have held two reunions,—one, Aug. 9, 1877, at Downer Landing, Hingham, with C. F. Adams presiding; and another, June 28, 1888, at the Parker House in Boston. with E. L. Pierce in the chair. The proceedings in each case were printed in pamphlet form. His name was put at the head of a State committee which was charged with the management of the campaign, and he became its chairman. At a later stage in the convention he again spoke briefly, stating the sympathy of Ex-President Adams with the movement in his last days. Besides the work of organization and conference which fell to him as chairman of the State committee and one of the leading promoters of the m
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 35: Massachusetts and the compromise.—Sumner chosen senator.—1850-1851. (search)
a body, and received five times as many votes as Sumner, the Free Soil candidate. The Emancipator and Republican, August 15, contains Sumner's letter accepting the Free Soil renomination; also a leader commending him, which was written by E. L. Pierce. Webster, who had complained of want of support in the Massachusetts delegation, welcomed the new member as the personation of Boston,—ever intelligent, ever patriotic, ever glorious Boston. Private Correspondence, vol. II. pp. 385, 387-389ken part only to press resolutions against slavery. Seth Webb, Jr., an active Free Soiler, on the morning of the day after the election, left a memorandum in Sumner's office announcing the result; and adding, You are bound for Washington. E. L. Pierce wrote, November 14, with reference to the selection of the senator: Many eyes—yes, many hearts—now turn towards the defender of peace, of freedom, of the prisoner,— in a word, of human progress. Giddings wrote, November 25, rejoicing at the
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)
icularly with the British embassy. Sir John Crampton (1805-1886). He was British Minister from 1852 to 1856, when President Pierce broke off diplomatic relations with him on account of his violation of the neutrality laws. His connection with thee of admirers, among whom Everett, Choate, Winthrop, and Bigelow may be named. Mr. Eames, Minister to Venezuela under Pierce, died in 1867, and Sumner was pallbearer at his funeral. Just before his death, he sent to the senator a message of pers our baseness, from gigantic national issues down to the vile manners and profuse expectorations of this place. To E. L. Pierce, January 21:— I have one moment for you, and only this. My speech was an honest utterance of my convictions on eech,—utterly false. Sumner wrote to Parker the same day, replying to the latter's objections to his course. To E. L. Pierce, August 6:— I value your friendship, and am glad of your frankness. From other sources I learn the prevailing d<
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 37: the national election of 1852.—the Massachusetts constitutional convention.—final defeat of the coalition.— 1852-1853. (search)
thin two hundred votes of an election, Wilson within one hundred, and Adams fell behind his Whig competitor only four hundred. Sumner regretted deeply the defeat of Adams and Wilson, who lost their election at the second trial. He wrote to E. L. Pierce, Dec. 9, 1852: I cannot too strongly urge the importance of placing Mr. Adams and Mr. Wilson in Congress. All our candidates would do good service; but these especially would make their mark here, though each in different ways. The Free Soil untered at this time. Rev. R. S. Storrs, of Braintree, and Erastus Hopkins, of Northampton, justified his abstinence from the campaign in letters to him. Explanations were made for him in newspaper articles,—Dedham Gazette, Dec. 4, 1852, by E. L. Pierce, and Boston Commonwealth, Dec. 2, 1852. He wrote to the Earl of Carlisle, Nov. 9, 1852:— I will say that nobody but Mr. Webster could have made the Fugitive Slave bill in any degree tolerable at the North, and he is now dead. In his
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 38: repeal of the Missouri Compromise.—reply to Butler and Mason.—the Republican Party.—address on Granville Sharp.—friendly correspondence.—1853-1854. (search)
h. The National Era, Jan. 5, 1854, contrasted Everett's treatment of his colleague with D. S. Dickinson's magnanimous conduct towards Seward. Sumner wrote to E. L. Pierce, Jan. 13, 1854: Mr. Everett, it seems to me, made a mistake; but I do not judge his motives. The proposed assignment would have carried with it under the custo as many to speak as possible on our side rather than speak myself. My turn will come, perhaps on the very day of your meeting, perhaps a little later. To E. L. Pierce, March 9:— I cannot forbear, even under the pressure of other things, thanking you for your sympathy, sent so promptly. I have been oppressed by the wich, July 14, 15, 17; August 1. It appeared for a time as if the movement would succeed, and Massachusetts become the founder of the new party. 3 Sumner wrote E. L. Pierce, April 14, 1854: I receive cheering news from Massachusetts; but party lines are so tight that I almost despair. Oh, when will the North be united? The Boston
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 39: the debate on Toucey's bill.—vindication of the antislavery enterprise.—first visit to the West.—defence of foreign-born citizens.—1854-1855. (search)
L. Pierce, entered the Senate gallery while Wilson was speaking. They and the writer after the adjournment walked down the steps of the Capitol in company with Seward, who was enjoying a cigar after the long confinement; and the three congratulated him heartily for his decisive expressions against the Know Nothing order. Mr. Bird's description of the debate is printed in the Boston Telegraph, Feb. 28, 1855. Other descriptions were by William S. Thayer in the New York Evening Post, and E. L. Pierce in the Detroit Advertiser. An incident occurred a few days later, just at the close of the session, which shows that Sumner had the respect of Butler, although they were no longer on speaking terms. An amendment to the appropriation bill was under discussion, which authorized the purchase of copies of the papers of General Nathaniel Greene to be edited by his grandson, George W. Greene, who has already been mentioned in this biography. Sumner spoke briefly in favor of the grant, and
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 40: outrages in Kansas.—speech on Kansas.—the Brooks assault.—1855-1856. (search)
bate, in which truth will be mocked and reviled. To E. L. Pierce, March 21:— I have received your beautiful and co of high Democratic authority,—Jackson, Buchanan, and even Pierce himself. Of Butler's absurd proposition to serve a warran III. p. 47), but an ill turn came immediately after. E. L. Pierce sought him at Cape May, July 21-23, and found him in a of old Boston families. W. F. Channing, in a letter to E. L. Pierce, states the same fact, adding that Sumner at the time oOn the other hand, Professor Huntington, in a letter to E. L. Pierce, Feb. 20, 1890, states that there was no such contrast Northern submission was not far off. Sumner wrote to E. L. Pierce, November 15, from Longfellow's: I am obliged by s he not graced my home with beauty all his own? To E. L. Pierce, Jan. 6, 1857:— I am mending, but slowly, slowly.92, 393; Chicago Tribune, January 15 (leader written by E. L. Pierce). Longfellow wrote in his diary: There is no mistaking <
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
Ambleside, and Mr. Ingham's at South Shields. From Edinburgh he penetrated into the highlands of Scotland as far as Fort Augustus, in order to visit an old acquaintance, Edward Ellice, Sr., at Glenquoich. From this northern point he wrote to E. L. Pierce:— I am here farther north than Iona and Staffa, beyond Morven, and near the Isle of Skye, where Flora Macdonald sheltered Charles Edward. There is no family living within forty or fifty miles of the friend whose guest I now am, and whos Sumner, Jan. 18, 1858, that Douglas was seeking a suspension of hostilities until his re-election became sure. His speeches in the celebrated debate with Mr. Lincoln, a few months later, justified this distrust and suspicion. Sumner wrote to E. L. Pierce from Washington, April 11, 1858: I know Douglas thoroughly; and I think there cannot be too much caution in trusting him. His whole conduct in the two great controversies which he conducted while I took part in debate was essentially ba
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