committee and one of the leading promoters of the movement, Sumner gave a large share of his time to addressing the people.
He was urged in formal invitations to attend mass meetings in other States,—Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Ohio,—and to speak in the cities of New York, Brooklyn, Albany, and Philadelphia; but except a week in Maine, he confined himself to Massachusetts, speaking in the principal towns and cities,
In Maine he spoke at Portland, Bath.
Waterville, Augusta, Gardiner, and perhaps one or two other points in that State In Massachusetts he spoke at Central Hall, Boston, September 14, and at other dates at Plymouth, Roxbury, Somerville, Chelsea, Milford, Newburyport, Dorchester, Amherst, Pittsfield, Great Barrington, Adams, Stockbridge, Chicopee, Springfield, Lynn, Salem, Brookline, Nantucket, Fall River, Taunton, Lowell, Fitchburg, Dedham, Canton, Worcester, and Cambridge. and on October 31 at Faneuil Hall.
The speech was not written out, and no report is
s was broken up, leaving room for a party pledged to opposition to slavery.
Some of his associates in Massachusetts would have accepted Webster;
E. R. Hoar, C. R. Train, and Rev. J. W. Thompson, and even Wilson (New York Tribune, April 1, 1848), were of those who took the favorable view of Webster at this time.
Wilson and Alle without hesitation or regret.
He wrote to Palfrey, April 23, 1848:—
There is a movement at the State House to nominate Webster.
E. Rockwood Hoar and Charles R. Train promote it. The former invited me to favor it. I told him that I could not regard Webster as the representative of our sentiments; that he had been totally rr.
Early in 1848, Webster said to a company of Young Whigs, his earnest supporters for the Presidency (among whom were E. R. Hoar, O. P. Lord, G. T. Davis, and C. R. Train), on the occasion of their call upon him at J. w. Paige's house in Summer Street, Boston, that he would support heartily as the Whig candidate any conspicuous l