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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 54: President Grant's cabinet.—A. T. Stewart's disability.—Mr. Fish, Secretary of State.—Motley, minister to England.—the Alabama claims.—the Johnson-Clarendon convention.— the senator's speech: its reception in this country and in England.—the British proclamation of belligerency.— national claims.—instructions to Motley.—consultations with Fish.—political address in the autumn.— lecture on caste.—1869. (search)
Sumner. Some of them apply coarse epithets to Seward, to which it is not worth while to give publicns and Silver Gray Whigs, as likely to effect Seward's exclusion from public life. He wrote to Sumd hope, is soundly beaten in New York; with it Seward is beaten. I cannot find tears to shed on eitn New York means just exactly the rejection of Seward's abolitionism, —et id omne genus, all the ismon concerning the Alabama claims. Both he and Seward, in interviews with Sumner, instanced naturalite: Though Mr. Sumner is more outspoken than Mr. Seward or Mr. Adams, he says nothing which was not land the proclamation was treated by him and Mr. Seward in their correspondence as precipitate, unprey traced all the evils to it as one cause; Seward to Adams, Oct. 20, 1862; Oct. 5 and Nov. 17, 1laims had been throughout the discussions of Mr. Seward and Mr. Adams grounded on the unnecessary prions, wrote: In fact Mr. Fish, who succeeded Mr. Seward as Secretary of State, did not scruple to al[7 more...]
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 55: Fessenden's death.—the public debt.—reduction of postage.— Mrs. Lincoln's pension.—end of reconstruction.—race discriminations in naturalization.—the Chinese.—the senator's record.—the Cuban Civil War.—annexation of San Domingo.—the treaties.—their use of the navy.—interview with the presedent.—opposition to the annexation; its defeat.—Mr. Fish.—removal of Motley.—lecture on Franco-Prussian War.—1869-1870. (search)
hes, Dec. 21, 1870, and March 27, 1871, Works, vol. XIV. pp. 89-131, 168-249). Seward entered into negotiations for the gulf and peninsula of Samana (Seward's Life, Seward's Life, vol. III. pp. 344, 372). Hayti and San Domingo—the French and Spanish divisions of the same island—were under one government from 1822 to 1844. Then followed a seeking intervention against Cabral, who was then president by a popular vote. Seward referred him to Sumner, who gave him no countenance. In the winter of 1868-186 is seen in the unanimous disfavor which the St. Thomas treaty, negotiated by Mr. Seward, encountered in the Senate in 1868-1869, and the resolution of the House, Nov to. President Johnson's last annual message, in a passage doubtless drawn by Mr. Seward, suggested the annexation of the whole island, including San Domingo and Haytacted also according to my experience with treaties. I am told of a boast by Mr. Seward that he has negotiated half of the treaties of this government. I know not h
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 56: San Domingo again.—the senator's first speech.—return of the angina pectoris.—Fish's insult in the Motley Papers.— the senator's removal from the foreign relations committee.—pretexts for the remioval.—second speech against the San Domingo scheme.—the treaty of Washington.—Sumner and Wilson against Butler for governor.—1870-1871. (search)
p. 139-141. February 21, 1871. Ibid., p. 167. Appropriately in this connection may be given his letter to Lieber, May 7, 1869— At the beginning of Mr. Lincoln's Administration I counselled earnestly against a mission to Rome, but in vain. Seward wished it as a preserve for one of his friends. At last, two years ago, I was able to stop this appropriation, and I have refused to allow it since. My reason was that it was to fortify the Italian government at Florence, and not to strengthen opening of the secret records of the Senate, he never withdrew his libel, or explained how he came to utter it. Sumner in his day, like all public men of strong natures dealing with vital questions, had his controversies, as with Winthrop, Adams, Seward, Fessenden, Trumbull, Edmunds; but they were all honorable men, and they respected the grave. The new Congress (the Forty-second) met March 4, immediately on the expiration of the preceding one, and continued its session till May 27. The Repu
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