9-207. was a vindication of the reason and utility of third parties against the dogmatic assertion that there can be but two in a country, with several illustrations from English and French history.
Seward wrote: I have read your argument to prove the possibility of third parties in this country, which is unanswerable except by experience,—the test of hypothesis always.
Soon after Sumner made an excursion to Canada, where he met again Lord Elgin, and thence went to his brother Albert's at Newport, prolonging his absence from the State till after the middle of October.
His own convictions were in full accord with his party, both in national and State policy; but though urged by its leaders and by popular calls, he refrained from any further participation in the campaign.
The State election at that time followed the national by a week.
The union between the two parties opposed to the Whigs was now in State affairs less practicable than before, as a national election was pending,