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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)
gress vol. II. pp. 89-138.—he sent, to the care of that journal, a note of sympathy and thanks to the author, who proved to be Dr. J. C. Welling, then a regular contributor to the Intelligencer, later one of its editors, and afterwards President of Columbian College, Washington, D. C. This was the beginning of a friendship based on common tastes in literature rather than on agreement in the political controversies of the time. The following is Sumner's second note to Dr. Welling, dated March 16, 1854:— As a faithful reader of your articles in the National Intelligencer, I am glad of an opportunity to express to you the pleasure which they have given me. As an humble student, in moments taken from other things, of departments illustrated by your elegant pen, I have been glad to renew early impressions and to live again the true life. Allow me to suggest the inquiry, since you refer to Vico, whether his work at this time can be regarded as an important guide? He taught the unity