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SELECTED LETTERS OF SALMON P. CHASE
To Charles Sumner.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 1849.
SUMNER: I thank you for your argument in defense of equality before the law for the colored people of Boston, in respect to public instruction. It is something more than reason - it is reason inspired by the sentiment of humanity. I take it for granted that it will be published in pamphlet form. When so published I hope you will send me a number of copies. It will give me real pleasure in aiding its circulation.
The papers show you the course of things here. Giddings, who is himself a living pillar, says there is less doublefacery here than at any former session. But the amount visible is disgusting. But for the presence of the Spartan Boss of Free Democrats, I have no doubt the South would have completely triumphed.
Yesterday was a day of great
excitement. Discussion, speeches, and arrays of clippings, as in a
theatre, was the programme of the Slaveholders, and for a time it
frightened many Northern men. Judge Allen's speech reassured some of
them. His illustration of the slaveholding demonstration by
comparison with the arrangement of poor Goldsmith's friend to give
eclat to the production of its first play was exceedingly well
timed. And how admirably he exposed Winthrop. The political
committees, he showed from W's own admissions and statements were
constituted for action - the Committees on the District,
the Territories, and the Judiciary were constituted for
It is impossible now to foresee how all will end. But we hope the best. Certainly great advantages have been gained, and the Free Soilers have made by every point so far.
Most Cordially yours,
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