|( Cinc. Hist. Soc.); Foster to Chase, Oct. 27, 31, 1863 ( Chase Papers, L.C.); Col. Dir. ( 1856-57), 18, 164.|
|11.||Pierce decided to remain in Massachusetts, despite earlier plans for a western trip. Pierce to Chase, May 30, Sept. 21, 1859 ( Chase Papers, L.C.).|
|12.||Alfred Tennyson, Idylls of the King ( London, 1859).|
Autograph letter. bMS Am 1, Houghton Library, Harvard University (micro 13:0170).
Columbus, Ohio, Septr. 10, 1859.
My dear Sumner,
Few words from you are precious--more when you can give them without prejudice to your health or other claims are most welcome always. So I thank you most cordially for the few lines from "Bains Frascati" which have just come1 and shall wait for the promised "more" by the next Steamer with patient anticipation of still greater gratification. The greatest pleasure your letter gives is the assurance that the course of treatment you are now undergoing, in itself far from disagreeable, is the last of your prescription, and the hope that we may soon see you again in the enjoyment of full health and all your old vigor. What a terrible series you have passed through! I fear that I could never have nerved myself to the endurance you have exhibited. The heroism--it is not too great a word--with which you have supported the torture to which you have been subjected, would have sustained a martyr at the stake.
I see you do not lose sight of our cause and its dangers in America. You ask if Douglas may not become a formidable force in the coming contest? I think he not only may but must. It was, in my judgment, a most unfortunate error of our friends in the Senate that they made him their leader in the Struggle against the Lecompton Iniquity. Had our friends conducted that contest as the opposition to the Nebraska Iniquity was conducted, upon our own principles and ideas & with our own resources in argument & appeal put in use by our own men, the results would have been correspondingly good. But instead of this course the battle was found mainly upon the Squatter Sovereignty ground that the People of Kansas did not want to come in under the Lecompton Constitution & not upon the ground that no state created out of territory ought to be admitted under such a Constitution. This last ground, which ought to have been main & principal was hardly alluded to at all. Thus Douglas became the natural leader and was throughout deferred to as such: and the thing even went so far as I have been informed by General Cameron himself2--this however to you in confidence--that at a dinner, at Douglas' own house, Cameron & Seward agreed to use their influence to induce the withdrawal of all opposition to the reelection of Douglas to the Senate. Hence the ef-