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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)
though a Democrat, rejoiced at Sumner's election as senator. Letter to Longfellow, May 18, 1851. Longfellow's Life, vol. II. p. 195. but Sumner, as senator, had the satisfaction, a few years later, of voting for his confirmation as consul at Liverpool, and writing him on the spot a note of congratulation that fairly shouted as with a silver trumpet, it was so cordial and strong in joy. Nathaniel Hawthorne and his Wife. By Julian Hawthorne. Vol. II. p. 12. Sumner came into personal rhrowing in the caution that he must not expect an early realization of his hopes. When he was chosen to the Senate they congratulated him on the deserved honor, and recognized in the event the good fortune of his country. William Rathbone, of Liverpool, always a devoted friend from their first acquaintance, wrote to him often and at length upon the causes of peace, prison discipline, and the abolition of capital punishment, and sent him books and pamphlets, which were used in public discussio
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 31: the prison—discipline debates in Tremont Temple.—1846-1847. (search)
o the partisan character of the annual reports and as to the rival system, to which he recurred the next year. The speech is reported in the Boston Advertiser, May 28, and in a revised form in the Boston Courier, May 30. It was reprinted at Liverpool in pamphlet at Mr. Rathbone's instance, and by him sent to persons in England interested in the question. These will be noted in a later connection. He commended Dwight for what he had done in awakening an interest in prisons, and in pressing chairman. Dwight was absent during the summer of 1846, to attend the International Penitentiary Congress at Frankfort-on-the-Main; but his Boston antagonists, though not present, more than matched him there. Sumner advised Mr. Rathbone, of Liverpool, and Dr. Julius, of Berlin, of his coming; and the former in England and the latter on the Continent were assiduous in distributing among the delegates the Liverpool edition of Sumner's recent speech. The president of the Congress was Sumner's
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
st visits were to Mr. Gladstone at Hawarden, and to the Marquis of Westminster at Eaton Hall; and his last night was at Liverpool with Mr. Richard Rathbone, with whom he had a common sentiment on questions of peace, prison discipline, and slavery. o'clock left, seeing the famous horse Touchstone as I drove out of the park. At two o'clock reached the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, where Mr. Richard Rathbone 1788-1860. Ante, vol. II. pp. 370, 378. had been waiting for me several hours; looked about Liverpool, and then went with him to his house in the neighborhood, where was only his family; after dinner we were joined by William H. Channing. 1810-1884; an American divine of the Unitarian faith, then in charge of a church in Liverpool;Liverpool; nephew and biographer of William Ellery Channing. November 7. Saturday, my appointed day of sailing. Mr. R. at eleven o'clock drove me to the Adelphi Hotel; at twelve o'clock to the pier, where I embarked on a small steamer with the passengers
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, chapter 14 (search)
ing old books and manuscripts; making visits for the day or for a night to friends living in the country, within easy distance from the city; and his last days in England were passed at seats in the North. He gave this summary in a letter from Liverpool, November 5, to Mr. Gordon:— Perhaps it will interest you to know how I have passed my last days in England,—thanks to that generous hospitality of which I have enjoyed so much. Here it is: Seven days in London at the British Museum; a daynances: A few years ago I had a scheme of prudence and of economy which would have made me at this time master of ten thousand dollars. Important as this is to me at my time of life, I must renounce it for the sake of my health. He sailed from Liverpool in the Canada November 5, and arrived in Boston on the morning of the 21st. Among the passengers were Hillard, Sidney Howard Gay, and George Shea. Many friends called at once at 20 Hancock Street to welcome him home. He was in time to atten