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Rhode Island (Rhode Island, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
tten, this generation can understand how strong must have been the hold which John Quincy Adams had upon young men, and upon all who, against organized capital, society, the traditions of party, and fear of change, even of revolution, made opposition to the extension and perpetuity of Slavery their highest duty to country and mankind. In 1843-44 Sumner was engaged, on behalf of his State, in collecting the local proofs in the long-standing boundary controversy between Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and for that purpose visited the disputed territory. This service was rendered at the request of Mr. Webster and Mr. Choate, the counsel of Massachusetts, who certified, when the question of his compensation was pending, that he conducted the matter most satisfactorily, and obtained much useful information. Massachusetts prevailed in the suit in March, 1846. Sumner was paid five hundred dollars for his services,—a professional fee which it was rarely his good fortune to receive in a
Noddle's Island (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
s of Massachusetts, March 31, 1846, with the report of a committee, March 19, give a detailed statement of the services of the several counsel. In the winter of 1844-45, he was counsel before a legislative committee in a case of considerable interest,—the petition of the people of Chelsea, then a town of three thousand inhabitants, for a railroad designed to connect that and neighboring communities with Boston by a land route; the connection being then by a railroad with a terminus at East Boston, and thence by ferry to the city proper. His argument for the petitioners, in which he laid stress on the superior advantages of an avenue by land rather than by ferry, was carefully matured, as his notes, which are preserved, show. The committee reported adversely; Senate Document. 1845, No. 109. but the Eastern Railroad Corporation, then a remonstrant, a few years later adopted substantially the location which he urged. In the spring of 1844 Sumner undertook to edit the Equity
Stockbridge (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
dscapes of Western Massachusetts. While at Lenox as the guest of Samuel G. Ward, he drove to Stockbridge and passed the day at Charles Sedgwick's, Charles Sedgwick was clerk of the courts of Berksixty-four. His father, Judge Sedgwick, who died in 1813, had three other sons,—Theodore, of Stockbridge, who died in 1839; Robert, of New York, who died in 1841; and Henry D., of New York, who diedCatherine, the author,—who died in 1867. The Judge's son Theodore, whose widow was living at Stockbridge in 1844, was the father of Theodore Sedgwick, who was the friend and correspondent of Sumner,where Mrs. Ward welcomes me, and Mrs. Butler promises to read to me and ride with me; then to Stockbridge, back to Lenox, then to Newport. Write me and send me letters to Lenox. Tell Felton to writrst Act of MacBETHeth, and sing a ballad. To-day, drove with Miss Sedgwick and Miss R. S. to Stockbridge, where I passed the day. To Dr. Howe he wrote from Newport, Sept. 30:— Most tardily I<
Pittsfield (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
Williamstown. Among well-known residents of Pittsfield, whose courtesies he received, was George N.rope sixteen months, and who came at once to Pittsfield. Leaving Berkshire with strength renewed, hrs, bestow it upon me. Care of Mr. Appleton, Pittsfield. God bless you, dearest Howe, and welcome Charles Sumner. To Dr. Samuel G. Howe. Pittsfield, Sept. 8, 1844. my dear Howe,—Since you w friends are so kind, that I shall linger in Pittsfield or Lenox the greater part, perhaps all, of ny illness. C. S. To George S. Hillard. Pittsfield, Tuesday Evening, Sept. 10, 1844. my dearMrs. Butler proposed to accompany me back to Pittsfield on horseback. I stayed to the cold dinner, lock, to send horsemen on all the roads from Pittsfield in search of me. My appearance was the signaEver thine, C. S. To Dr. Samuel G. Howe. Pittsfield, Wednesday Evening, Sept. 11, 1844. my de Ever thine, C. S. To George S. Hillard. Pittsfield, Sept. 12, 1844. dear Hillard,—. . . I ho[5 more...]<
Sweden (Sweden) (search for this): chapter 30
r,—not even in the autumn preceding Harrison's election. Turn we to other topics. Bancroft's History of the American Revolution has gone to press; and Prescott is engaged in the preliminary studies for his History of Peru. Longfellow is publishing an important work,— one of the most so, indeed, in American literary history. It is a collection of translations The Poets and Poetry of Europe, with Introductions and Biographical Notices,— published in 1845. from Anglo-Saxon, Icelandic, Swedish, Danish, German, Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish. . . . But I weary Julia's hand; and my own weakness admonishes me to seek my bed for the night. I believe Howe will return in a sailing packet; so I shall not see him so soon as I had expected. I long to see him, and to hear from his affectionate lips the narrative of his travels; and more than that, to receive the sympathy of his ardent soul. He will be startled to find me ill, and clasping the pillows of a sick bed. Pardon me,<
Lanesborough (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
summer home was at Pittsfield. Here he breathed the invigorating air of the Berkshire hills, took frequent rides to Lenox, and occasional excursions beyond to Lanesborough and Williamstown. Among well-known residents of Pittsfield, whose courtesies he received, was George N. Briggs, then Governor of the State. Mr. Newton, a retWe took a drive the first day to Lenox, where the Sedgwicks received me most warmly,—somewhat as one risen from the dead. The next day we made an excursion to Lanesborough, enjoying much the meadows, green fields, rich country, and beautiful scenery. I shall linger here still another week (Hillard will return on Wednesday or Thuon, Edward Austin, and myself, in a carriage hired in the town, with two respectable horses and a good driver, went to Williamstown by a beautiful road through Lanesborough, then to North Adams, where we passed the night. The Governor was run away with this morning in his wagon, and his life endangered. I called on him this af
Maryland (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
resentatives, of which he was a member, against an extension of equity jurisdiction, by brandishing, in a theatrical way, the voluminous record of an equity case; but success won in this way was short-lived. Law Reporter, April, 1846, Vol. VIII. pp. 556-558. The American sources of the annotator of English Chancery Reports were then very limited, consisting chiefly of the New York series of reports by Johnson, Paige, and Edwards, a few volumes issued in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Maryland, besides cases in equity heard in other States, which were intermingled in the reports with those decided at law. But the English Chancery Reports published later than Vesey's, and Story's treatise on Equity Jurisprudence, his greatest work, supplied rich materials. These Sumner faithfully used; and he added—a novel feature in an edition of Reports—biographical notices of judges and lawyers whose names occur in the text. The extensive annotations of Hovenden, which had been massed in tw
Peru (Peru) (search for this): chapter 30
urden of his gratitude. He is most amply provided with spoils from the archives which you searched. Most careful eyes have examined the archives of the Indies, and obtained from them all that was thought to illustrate the histories of Mexico and Peru. Prescott's copies of manuscripts amount to many volumes. His accumulations on the subject of Mexico and Peru ceased long ago. He is now making collections for the great work of his life,—the reign of Philip II. In this he was much aided by SpaPeru ceased long ago. He is now making collections for the great work of his life,—the reign of Philip II. In this he was much aided by Sparks, during his last visit; by Edward Everett, at Florence; by Greene, at Rome; but above all by the learned Gayangos, now Professor of Arabic at Madrid (did you see him there?), who is employed specially to assemble all that he can find in the archives and libraries of Spain illustrative of this important reign. Fame and fortune both descend upon Prescott. Bentley has paid him six hundred and fifty pounds for the Conquest. He refused fifteen thousand dollars for it from the Harpers. They
Heidelberg (Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany) (search for this): chapter 30
cle,—your friends here. He must have found us dull and prosaic, and I doubt not hurried back with a most willing heart. Give him my love. He must report his arrival. Ever very sincerely yours, Charles Sumner. To Professor Mittermaier, Heidelberg. Boston, Feb. 1, 1844. my dear friend,—I have now before me your very kind letter of Nov. 17, written in French. You promise that your next favor shall be in English. I wonder that you have been able to obtain such command of our languagle work on Evidence. Enclosed is a letter from him which I promised to send with mine. Give my best regards to Grosch. I was truly grateful for his kindness to my friend, Dr. Howe,—the most truly distinguished American who has ever visited Heidelberg. You have heard of the happiness of Longfellow, who is married to a most beautiful lady possessing every attraction of character and intelligence. My brother George has passed the last summer and autumn in Spain, and I presume is now in Paris<
Staten Island (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
his services as watcher. J. J. Dixwell sent daily his carriage as soon as he was able to ride. Richard Fletcher sent a basket of grapes; William Story a brace of woodcock; and the family of George B. Emerson remembered him with similar tokens of regard. The Waterstons sent books, and invited him to the Quincy mansion, where the bracing airs of land and sea might hasten recovery. Similar invitations came from John Jay, at Bedford, N. Y.; Theodore Sedgwick, in New York; Samuel Ward, on Staten Island; and Mr. Daveis, at Portland. From England came the tender messages of Ingham and Morpeth, and from Berlin the sympathy of Fay. Crawford, arriving from Europe, sped a letter of gratitude and affection. Let it not be thought unbecoming, that, in the biography of a statesman, what these loving friends did should be told as a memorial of them. Thus wrote Prescott in his diary, July 21, 1844:— Been to town twice last week,—most uncommon for me; once to see my friend Calderon, retu
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