The Life of Charles Sumner: The Scholar in Politics

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Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1892 - Abolitionists - 415 pages

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Page 234 - Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell, Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with words, And fall a-cursing, like a very drab, A scullion!
Page 269 - There was no extravagance of the ancient parliamentary debate, which he did not repeat ; nor was there any possible deviation from truth which he did not make, with so much of passion, I am glad to add, as to save him from the suspicion of intentional aberration.
Page 248 - THE PRESIDING OFFICER — The question is on the motion of the Senator from...
Page 331 - The property, real and personal, of all persons in the State of Missouri who shall take up arms against the United States, or who shall be directly proven to have taken an active part with their enemies in the field, is declared to be confiscated to the public use, and their slaves, if any they have, are hereby declared free men.
Page 254 - When a member desires to bring in a bill on any subject, he states to the House in general terms the causes for doing it, and concludes by moving for leave to bring in a bill entitled, etc.
Page 33 - But when God commands to take the trumpet, and blow a dolorous or a jarring blast, it lies not in man's will what he shall say, or what he shall conceal.
Page 112 - ... strife, and war; nobler than the intellect itself. Suppose war to be decided by force, where is the glory ? Suppose it to be decided by chance, where is the glory? No; true greatness consists in imitating, as near as...
Page 210 - Ring out false pride in place and blood, The civic slander and the spite ; Ring in the love of truth and right, Ring in the common love of good. Ring out old shapes of foul disease ; Ring out the narrowing lust of gold ; Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring in the thousand years of peace. Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart, the kindlier hand ; Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the Christ that is to be.
Page 201 - The soul sickens in the contemplation of this legalized outrage. In the dreary annals of the Past there are many acts of shame, — there are ordinances of monarchs, and laws, which have become a byword and a hissing to the nations. But •when we consider the country and the age, I ask fearlessly, what act of shame, what ordinance of monarch, what law, can compare in atrocity with this enactment of an American Congress...
Page 299 - ... abettors. Lastly, in the series of congressional acts, came the repeal of the Missouri Compromise. The very men who in 1845 had recognized the validity of this compromise and applied it to the territory of Texas, and in 1850 had extended it to the Pacific Ocean, now discovered that Congress had no power to legislate on the subject of slavery in the territories ; a thing which it had been doing all along from the beginning of the Constitution ! So the Missouri Compromise was repealed, that the...

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