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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 32: the annexation of Texas.—the Mexican War.—Winthrop and Sumner.—1845-1847. (search)
ept away; to them not even the name and sanction of the illustrious statesman who presided could make the occasion respectable. Pearson, in defending himself and his captain against the free use of his name by the speakers, said that what he had done was commended by the merchants of the city, and that on 'Change five to one would, if inquired of, answer that they would do as he had done; and there is no reason to doubt his statement. Pearson was the owner of the brig Acorn, which carried Sims, a fugitive slave, back to Savannah in April, 1851. A letter to Sumner written soon after the meeting shows the temper of society at the time. Rev. Andrews Norton, a learned divine, was closely connected with leading families, and associated with the wealth and culture of the city. His kindly nature and Christian profession should have inclined him to listen with open ears to the cry of a pursued negro who had testified his longing for freedom by enterprise and endurance which in a bet
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 34: the compromise of 1850.—Mr. Webster. (search)
aphy of Dana, vol. i. p. 228. Early in April, 1851, Thomas Sims, another negro living in Boston, was brought before the d States officers, surrounded the court house with chains. Sims's counsel, S. E. Sewall, R. Rantoul, Jr., C. G. Loring, andThe Boston Advertiser, April 14, announced the surrender of Sims as a matter of gratulation. While Sims's fate was pending, Sims's fate was pending, a public meeting was held to denounce the Fugitive Slave Act and its instruments,—in which, as before, only Free Soilers andsts took part. Sumner was also counsel in the defence of Sims. He did not enter the case at the beginning on account oe, maintaining that Commissioner Hallett's warrant charging Sims with assaulting the officer when arrested was defective, anng it as a cover to defeat a State criminal process against Sims which the prisoner's friends had procured in order to hold discharge was refused; and this was the last effort to save Sims. In the session of Congress 1850-1851 the partisans of t
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 35: Massachusetts and the compromise.—Sumner chosen senator.—1850-1851. (search)
n affairs. The two entered Craigie House,—the writer's first meeting with the poet and his wife; and leaving shortly, he walked, thoughtful, and never so happy before, to his lodgings. With much joy and hope the youth of Massachusetts greeted the election of the new senator. Sumner wrote to Theodore Parker, Printed in Weiss's Life of Theodore Parker, vol. II. p. 107. April 19, 1851:— May you live a thousand years, always preaching the truth of Fast Day! On the rendition of Sims, a fugitive slave. That sermon is a noble effort. It stirred me to the bottom of my heart; at times softening me almost to tears, and then again filling me with rage. I wish it could be read everywhere throughout the land. . . . I have had no confidence from the beginning, as I believe you know, in our courts. I was persuaded that with solemn form they would sanction the great enormity, therefore I am not disappointed. my appeal is to the people, and my hope is to create in Massachusetts
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)
ciences of those who had been constrained to yield it support under a sense of constitutional obligation. Horace Mann, in his speech in Congress, Feb. 28, 1851, treated at length this unconstitutional feature of the Act. Other points set up against the validity of the Act, which Sumner had not the time to enter upon, were ably discussed by others,—by Mann in the speech above referred to and in his speech at Lancaster, Mass., May 19, 1851, and by Rantoul and C. G, Loring on the trial of Thomas Sims, April 7-11, 1851. Whether traversing new fields or gleaning where others had reaped, the argument was put in a form which invited the study of multitudes of thoughtful citizens who are ordinarily repelled by political speeches. Dr. I. Ray, the distinguished alienist and author of the treatise on the Medical Jurisprudence of Insanity, in a note to Sumner mentioned this quality of the speech which had attracted himself, although he usually turned away from speeches in Congress. It was
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)
he guise of keeping the peace. Seward, while deploring the return of the slave to bondage (Life, vol. II. p. 232), found satisfaction for it in the humiliation it has brought upon Boston and Massachusetts. It is a severe cure for their misconduct in 1850, which betrayed us all through the Union. The excitement in Boston surpassed any known in its previous history. Various circumstances conspired to this end. It was an unfamiliar spectacle, as the last fugitive-slave case was that of Sims in 1851. The repeal of the Missouri Compromise had sundered the tie which bound conservatism to slavery, and arrayed the mass of good citizens against the further extension of slavery. The spell of compromise had been broken, and the sentiment was widespread that there must be no more activity in executing the Fugitive Slave Act. The time of the trial and rendition was Anniversary Week, when the people of New England, especially their spiritual leaders, were assembled in Boston to advance