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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 28: the city Oration,—the true grandeur of nations.—an argument against war.—July 4, 1845.—Age 34. (search)
ays an aggressive reformer,—wrote from Niagara Falls, July 17:— Permit me to congratulate you upon your success,—if I hear aright, your great success; to congratulate you upon your opportunity; to congratulate you upon your courage. You will live to regard the Fourth of July, 1845, as the red-letter day in the calendar of your life. Don't be disquieted at the jeers, or discouraged at the dark looks, or pushed out of your high-way by the cold shoulders that you may encounter. Rev. John T. Sargent wrote, July 10, regretting that he was obliged to be absent from the city, so as not to hear your celebrated oration, of which the wisest speak so well; and hoping for an immediate edition of his eloquent and bold address, delivered too in the face of an armed audience. He added:— The men are few, allow me to say,—the men are few, even of those who avow the most earnest sympathy with the great matters touched upon by it, who could stand up and say boldly and without flinching