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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)
ecessor, Josiah Quincy, just leaving it; John Quincy Adams, Robert C. Winthrop, Governor McDowell, ongratulations,—among them the venerable Ex-President Adams, who then attended the services of the Sllowed by a dinner of the Society, where Ex-President Adams offered as a toast, The memory of the Sc spirit who has this day embalmed them all. Mr. Adams, while questioning Sumner's statement that At. It seems to me a small thing to desire. J. Q. Adams's death has caused a deep and wide sensatiospeech urged by Moses Grant; a eulogy on John Quincy Adams before the American and Foreign AntislavSumner came into personal relations with John Quincy Adams in 1845, and from that year met him fromp. 121), Sumner mentions a conversation with Mr. Adams at his son's house in Boston, just before he as a slave State, in the autumn of 1845; Mr. Adams's first note to Sumner is a friendly one, das to the revision of Seward's oration on John Quincy Adams. Mr. Seward replied:— You will pe[4 more...]<
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 31: the prison—discipline debates in Tremont Temple.—1846-1847. (search)
speech and two in another, comparing to some extent the two systems, but chiefly defending with friendly zeal Mr. Dwight; Bradford Sumner, a lawyer respectable in character, but moderate in professional attainments; J. Thomas Stevenson, who confessed that he knew nothing about prison discipline, and whose late participation in the debate was due only to his political antipathy to Sumner and Dr. Howe; and Francis C. Gray, 1796-1856. Mr. Gray was in his youth the private secretary of John Quincy Adams at the time of the latter's mission to Russia. His writings were miscellaneous, chiefly articles for reviews, and related to history, poetry, foreign literature, commerce, and science. He is spoken of by his surviving contemporaries as a person most remarkable for the variety and fulness of his knowledge; and his vigorous intellect easily digested his acquisitions. It was not for want of natural gifts or of liberal training that he failed to become one of the eminent men of his Stat
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)
s from participating in the protests. John Quincy Adams said in his Diary, Sept. 23, 1846, vol. rt it in a civilized and Christian age. Either Adams was wanting in a just appreciation of the righ. Adams resented Choate's speaking of John Quincy Adams as the last Adams. Later history, with ting. Sumner and Dr. Howe visited Ex-President John Quincy Adams at his home in Quincy, and requesteing written by Sumner. but in consonance with Adams's wishes refrained from comments upon Winthropnt concerning the Speaker. March 18 and 22. Adams withdrew from the paper early in April, and deon to Winthrop at Washington, and Sumner's and Adams's in Massachusetts, which was prolonged in theNew York and Slade of Vermont had retired, and Adams had become enfeebled by age, the brunt of the dent Adams to Massachusetts, although he was Mr. Adams's nearest friend in Congress, and was alliedm December, 1847, and Horace Mann, who took J. Q. Adams's seat early in 1848. He had requested Man[23 more...]
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 33: the national election of 1848.—the Free Soil Party.— 1848-1849. (search)
I rejoice in Mr. Giddings's success. His re-election to Congress as the Free Soil candidate. His constituents should be proud of him. There is no man in the House of Representatives who deserves so well of the country. I remember John Quincy Adams said to me, as he lay on his sick-bed in Boston, after he was struck with that paralysis which at Washington closed his life, that he looked to Mr. Giddings with more interest than to any other member of the House. He placed him foremost it is no longer the third party. I have spoken a great deal, usually to large audiences, and with a certain effect. As a necessary consequence I have been a mark for abuse. I have been attacked bitterly; but I have consoled myself by what John Quincy Adams said to me during the last year of his life: No man is abused whose influence is not felt. To John Jay, December 5:— Surely our good cause of freedom is much advanced. I do hope that at last there will be a party that does believ
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 35: Massachusetts and the compromise.—Sumner chosen senator.—1850-1851. (search)
him Judas Iscariot, or Benedict Arnold. John Quincy Adams, as he lay in his bed in Boston after hesing it, recognized some of its good results. Adams's Biography of Dana, vol. i. pp, 166, 171, 17; In the present politics of our own State, Mr. Adams is averse to making terms with either party, neither has Palfrey. R. H. Dana's Journal in Adams's Biography, vol. i. p. 169. Sept. 8, 1849. ae words loose private and from the letter; and Adams immediately caused it (Jan. 9, 1851) to be pris address to them was in a measure approved by Adams and S. C. Phillips. Commonwealth, January 9s, vol. i. pp. 138-155. The election of John Quincy Adams as President by Clay's help, Horace M not finding him there, went to the house of Mr. Adams in Mt. Vernon Street, who answering to a cabout three in the afternoon, while dining at Mr. Adams's house, which was within almost a minute's egret only that he did not take his place with Adams, Sumner, and Wilson, and prolong a public care[13 more...]
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)
ssential to party success. It has been the custom of statesmen in different periods to enrich and diversify public life with studies in science, the ancient classics, or modern literature; but not to force a comparison with any eminent names in English or French history, it is doing no injustice to the senators of the thirty-second Congress to say that there was nothing in their speeches to suggest that they followed as exemplars John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, Edward Livingston and John Quincy Adams. R. H. Dana, Jr.'s, diary in manuscript gives an account of a conversation with Palfrey and Sumner in September, 1852, in which the inexactness of Southern members in their extracts from Latin authors was one of the topics. Public men in Washington were then under less restraint than now in their habits. They could not forego tobacco even during the sessions, and whiskey and brandy were sold in the restaurants of the Capitol,— a practice which assisted vulgarity at all times, but p
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)
r the first time in our history he had won for the cause of free debate in the Senate what John Quincy Adams and Giddings had won for it in the House. The change of feeling towards him was most marksness, his skill in debate, and his undaunted spirit,—placing him as the historical successor of Adams, and invoking a God bless you on him and his career. Among the forces of the new struggle again in the Senate brought vividly to my recollection similar scenes which many years since I saw J. Q. Adams passing through. And now how miserably insignificant and mean in the eyes of the intelligent and his application of Jackson's celebrated phrase. Sumner repeated the doctrine, adding John Quincy Adams as an authority, that his oath was to support the Constitution as he understood it. Four ative man to whom Massachusetts has intrusted her interests in Congress since the death of John Quincy Adams, are alike anxious to greet you. Works, vol. III. pp. 452-453. There was as expect
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 40: outrages in Kansas.—speech on Kansas.—the Brooks assault.—1855-1856. (search)
n all the eloquence—I do not call it agitation—which has resounded in these halls from the days when Rufus King asserted that cause in this chamber, and when John Quincy Adams defended it in the other house, until the present hour. He rebuked with great effect the attempt of Brooks to assume the part of vindicator of the Senate angs in his speech disposed effectually of the point that there was no law or rule as a basis of the proposed action, by citing the former proceedings against John Quincy Adams and himself by a slaveholding majority, without pretence of support in any law or rule. The slaveholding party for the first time found itself outnumbered, a till 1864 he did not resume his former activity. He contrasted the indulgence of the House to Brooks with the injustice which in other days had been done to John Quincy Adams and himself by a pro-slavery majority, denying a hearing, threatening assassination, and displaying bludgeons, bowie-knives, and pistols. He justified fully
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 43: return to the Senate.—the barbarism of slavery.—Popular welcomes.—Lincoln's election.—1859-1860. (search)
a kindred topic, The Necessity, Practicability, and Dignity of the Antislavery Enterprise. The address, opening with a contrast between John C. Calhoun and John Quincy Adams as historical representatives of opposite principles and policies, was in the line of his recent speech in the Senate, and reaffirmed the same positions in md exceed his welcome as expressed in a packed house and most enthusiastic reception. Among pleasant incidents of the summer and autumn were visits for the day to Mr. and Mrs. Adams at Quincy, and a visit to John M. Forbes at Naushon. Sumner took part in the festivities in honor of the Prince of Wales, who was in Boston in OctobMrs. Adams at Quincy, and a visit to John M. Forbes at Naushon. Sumner took part in the festivities in honor of the Prince of Wales, who was in Boston in October, being present at the collation at the State House, a musical jubilee at the Music Hall, and a reception at Harvard College, and also being selected by General Bruce as one of the party to accompany the prince to Portland on his day of sailing. Sumner contributed articles to the Boston Transcript, October 15 and 16, on the D