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M. Mercier (search for this): chapter 6
t and glorious will be this country when it is fully redeemed, and stands before the world without a slave,—an example of emancipation! To George Bemis, December 18:— I have received a visit of three hours from the French Minister, M. Mercier. in which he told me plumply that he thought now as at the beginning that the war must end in separation, and that France was ready at any time to offer her good offices to bring about peace. When he said this I snapped my fingers. But does nat it will stand by Schleswig-Holstein. Schleiden, who is very intelligent, is openly for war. He says that the connection of the provinces with Denmark must be cut. This is war. Motley writes from Vienna that in his opinion war is inevitable. Mercier leaves Washington to-day. Inter nos, he will tell the emperor that the Mexican expedition is a mistake, and that he ought to withdraw it; but that the national cause here is hopeless, and that the war will end in separation! This I have from h
George Sumner (search for this): chapter 6
members of Congress, and declined to take it, Sumner moved and carried a rule of the Senate requirit, which more than any other event had brought Sumner into public life, and which he had made ineffeFeb. 29, 1864: Works, vol. VIII. pp. 118-175. Sumner took the radical ground in the report that then, and Trumbull voting nay; but moved again by Sumner on the same day, it passed by a vote of seventof the amendment in that body was assured; and Sumner's speech took a wide range,—touching upon variter of the republic in every possible way. Sumner's devotion to questions concerning slavery see. At this as also at the preceding session Sumner reported a bill for the payment of the French gan in 1891. In a carefully prepared speech Sumner treated in the light of history and foreign exs said, Mr. Fessenden was always snapping at Mr. Sumner in debate. Frederick Douglass, writing to Sregret at the loss the country would suffer by Sumner's death, and his satisfaction that their diffe[95 more...]
John A. Andrew (search for this): chapter 6
Whiting, the solicitor of that department, placed them under this Act; but Governor Andrew strenuously contended that they came under the general acts which determinored troops to equality of pay. Many letters on the subject passed between Governor Andrew and Sumner, and the former thanked the senator for his constant advocacy o's Life of W. C. Bryant, vol. II. pp. 175, 178; P. W. Chandler's Memoir of John A. Andrew, pp. 111-114; Letter from Washington in Boston Commonwealth, Nov. 12, 1864.is letter written after Mr. Lincoln's death. J. W. Grimes's Life, p. 279. Governor Andrew of Massachusetts, foremost among war governors, who had occasion to seek M movement to displace him. P. W. Chandler's Memoir and Reminiscences of Governor Andrew, pp. 111-114. Gurowski in his diary, vol. III. pp. 69, 91, 358, names alshonest critics became his sincere eulogists,—notably Bryant, Greeley, Bancroft, Andrew, and Sumner. Sumner read to the writer, in May, 1865, at his mother's house
Owen Lovejoy (search for this): chapter 6
n a readjustment of reciprocity with Canada was contemplated, contained a postscript, which revealed his premonitions that the end was near, saying: Should I live, I desire to be one of the commissioners to negotiate the new treaty. The bar of Ashtabula County, Ohio, of which he was a member, invited Sumner to deliver a eulogy upon him, and his son-in-law, George W. Julian, urged an acceptance; but Sumner was obliged to decline. Sumner paid, March 29, 1864, an affectionate tribute to Owen Lovejoy, a member of the House, from whom he had always received most cordial sympathy in his radical action against slavery. He used the opportunity, as was his custom, to urge the living to maintain the cause of freedom. March 29, 1864. Works, vol. VIII. pp. 228-235. Sumner wrote to Longfellow, May 21:— I have just seen in a paper the death of R. J. Mackintosh at London on the 26th of April. Is this so? It makes me unhappy. Tell me about it. Had he been ill? And what becomes
Jacob Collamer (search for this): chapter 6
h Acts was then consummated by a vote of twenty-seven to twelve. The nays were mostly Democrats; but among Republicans, Collamer, Doolittle, Foster, and Sherman withheld their votes. President Lincoln signed the bill on the 28th. Full notes to Ss; and so it proved. His amendment, lost at one stage, prevailed when he renewed the effort at another, and became law. Collamer was his hearty coadjutor in the debate, replying to Reverdy Johnson. Sherman and Trumbull, wishing to keep legislative ting tribute to Fessenden. Dec. 14, 1869. Works, vol. XIII. pp. 189-194. Certain passages in Sumner's eulogy on Senator Collamer, Dec. 14, 1865, to which Fessenden listened, were supposed to refer to the latter (Works, vol. x. p. 40): Though atrk Sun, June 30, 1889, which is of similar tenor as his letter to Lieber, September 3. This was also the position of Senator Collamer and John Jay. With Sumner, as with Bryant and Greeley and all other patriotic men, the question was settled by the C
at this moment the principle is much more important than the bill. The bill may be postponed, but the principle must not be postponed. One incident of the debate was an encounter, sharp but friendly, between Sumner and Reverdy Johnson as to the merits of the Dred Scott decision,—an atrocious judgment, as Sumner called it,—in which Johnson bore witness to his personal regard for Sumner, and the courtesy he had received from him. Sumner recalled in this debate his early association with Marshall. Ante, vol. i. pp. 124, 125. Sumner struggled hard at the same session, in the consideration of two bills amending the city charter, to include the colored people among the electors of the city of Washington; but the Senate was deaf to his entreaties, even rejecting the inclusion of colored soldiers. May 12, 26, 27, 28, 1864. Works, vol. VIII. pp. 458-469. Those like Morrill of Maine, Grimes, and Wade, who thought the proposition untimely, and those who were opposed to it altoget
John Sherman (search for this): chapter 6
expressed their dissent in letters to him. John Sherman approved, Feb. 8, 1869, in the Senate such from a number of Republican senators, led by Sherman and Foster, who sought to save the statute of 1793. Sherman's amendment, excluding this early statute from repeal,—legislation which in his vie in the debate, replying to Reverdy Johnson. Sherman and Trumbull, wishing to keep legislative matd in ribaldry. Republican senators—Trumbull, Sherman, Doolittle, and Grimes, as well as Reverdy Joc senators alone voted against it. Foster and Sherman now joined him, and Grimes and Trumbull did ned soldiers and their families, he replied to Sherman, who desired to have it wait for action on thss, Howard, Lane of Indiana, Pomeroy, Ramsey, Sherman, Sprague, Wilkinson, and Wilson. Sumner recerals from whom a choice might be made,—Grant, Sherman, and Butler. Among others active in the moved he is no boaster. He gives great praise to Sherman, saying he is the best soldier on this contin[6 more...
William W. Story (search for this): chapter 6
I have been pained to learn that the Duchess of Sutherland, whose kindness to me enabled me to see you whom I already honored much, is still ailing. I hope that her generous nature may be spared yet longer to soften and quicken our social life. I am sure that she will rejoice when slavery, now in arms, is cast down, never to rise again. I think she would be glad to help at this overthrow. The date of your letter (Hawarden) reminds me of a pleasant day which I can never forget. To W. W. Story, Rome, January 1:— A happy New Year to you and yours! I think of you constantly, and always with affection, and vow letters. But my life is so crowded that I have found myself dropping correspondence that did not come under the head, if not of business, at least of public interest. The Psyche A copy of the antique, for which Sumner had given Story a commission. is superb, and I enjoy it much. You know the bronzes were lost on the coast of Spain. . . . Of course I watch your as
James M. Ashley (search for this): chapter 6
an amendment of the Constitution declaring that slavery shall be forever prohibited within the limits of the United States. Two days later, Mr. Wright procured its adoption at a meeting of the American Antislavery Society in Philadelphia, and this is supposed to have been the first public movement for the thirteenth amendment. Works, vol. VIII. p. 351. H. C. Wright's letter to Sumner in manuscript, May 17, 1866. Early in the session resolutions for such an amendment were proposed by Ashley of Ohio and Wilson of Iowa in the House, and by Henderson of Missouri in the Senate. Sumner himself offered two forms. He moved a reference of the subject to his own committee on slavery and freedmen, but yielded to Trumbull's suggestion that it belonged more properly to the committee on the judiciary, expressing as his chief desire that prompt action should be taken. Trumbull, adopting the formula of the Ordinance of 1787, reported as the proposed amendment that neither slavery nor invol
Adam Gurowski (search for this): chapter 6
ot end with the convention. Naturally B. F. Wade, senator, and Henry Winter Davis, representative, were earnest in it; but a large number of public men were in sympathy with them. Senator Grimes held their view of Mr. Lincoln's limitations. Gurowski's diary, vol. III. p. 358, where an extract from his letter is given. This is corroborated by his letter written after Mr. Lincoln's death. J. W. Grimes's Life, p. 279. Governor Andrew of Massachusetts, foremost among war governors, who had occasion to seek Mr. Lincoln from time to time on public business, was very active in the movement to displace him. P. W. Chandler's Memoir and Reminiscences of Governor Andrew, pp. 111-114. Gurowski in his diary, vol. III. pp. 69, 91, 358, names also Boutwell, Trumbull, Wilson, and W. D. Kelley as supporting the principles of the party rather than Mr. Lincoln. Greeley thought Mr. Lincoln already beaten, and that another ticket was necessary to save the cause from utter overthrow, naming thre
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