r, for the sake of brevity, reduced his amendment by dropping three of his resolutions; but Samuel H. Walley renewed, even as to the remaining three, the objection which Child had made as to the whole,—that they were superfluous.
The vote was now taken at a late hour, when the delegates from the country in large numbers had left, and the amendment was lost.
The vote was 91 to 137.
The Boston delegation numbered 105, and supplied the main part of the 137 See accounts of the convention in Wilson's Rise and Fall of the Slave Power, vol.
II, pp. 118-121; Boston Times, September 24.
Boston Atlas, September 24.
The account in the Times, though interspersed with levity, is the most picturesque, and gives details which the Whig journals for the sake of harmony suppressed.
Some of the Congressional conventions, notably the one which nominated John Quincy Adams, passed Phillips's resolutions. The regular series was then unanimously passed, the supporters of the amendment generally not v
party when higher interests were at stake; but he had seen the slave-power so uniformly triumphant that he had lost faith in the popular instinct for freedom.
Wilson's Rise and Fall of the Slave Power.
vol. II. p. 407. Charles Francis Adams, though doing his best to awaken and organize public sentiment, almost despaired of anat Pettit's suggestion of Sumner's expulsion was seriously entertained; but a canvass of the Senate showed that a sufficient vote could not be obtained for it.
Wilson's Rise and Fall, vol.
II. p. 358. The Courier and Enquirer, July 3, the Express and the Herald of New York, June 30, 1854, and other journals of like temper, repe senators, and almost every member of the House.
The Free Soil element in the Legislature was so large, and the antislavery sentiment so predominant, as to make Wilson's election as senator, though his connection with the new party was little more than nominal, altogether probable,—an event which took place in February by a very