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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 23: return to his profession.—1840-41.—Age, 29-30. (search)
brother George, Florence, Italy. Boston, Friday Evening, Oct. 30, 1840. dear George,—Politics are raging; newspapers teem with stump speeches, election reports, and inflammatory editorials. Banners are waving in our streets; the front of the Atlas office is surrounded by earnest crowds. The Whig Republican Reading-room, in Scollay's Building, Pemberton Hill, is wreathed with flags and pennons. This very day the Presidential election takes place in Pennsylvania and Ohio; on Monday in Mainnal documents. Bancroft's will be a series of brilliant sketches, full of glow and life, and making the American reader love his country. Bancroft has resigned his Collectorship, and Governor Lincoln is his successor. Haughton, editor of the Atlas, died suddenly yesterday. Perhaps his death is not to be regretted. One fountain of political bitterness is closed, and in a happy hour, as the whole country seems prepared by the sudden death of President Harrison for peace and repose. You wi
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)
Mr. Sumner's oration is entitled to consideration for itself, and still more for the occasion which produced it. Aside from the merits of the oration, the pending question of the Oregon boundary, which threatened war between the two nations, drew to it wider attention in England, and stimulated the friends of Peace to press its circulation as far as possible. Other editions, complete or abridged, appeared in London. See Allibone's Dictionary of Authors. The correspondent of the Boston Atlas, from that city, wrote in June, 1846, to the editor: Mr. Sumner's oration—The true grandeur of nations—has been published here in five or six different forms. Three large editions of the shilling forms have been disposed of, and the other day I saw a man near the Royal Exchange, with what he declared to be Sumner's speech agin war with England, and his cheap edition sold off rapidly at a half-penny each. Sumner's English, like his American, friends varied in their expressions of appro