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    Charles Sumner Autograph Letter Signed, "Charles Sumner", 3pp., 10" x 8" folded to 5" x 8", "Senate Chamber", Washington, D. C., April 11, 1872. Letter is written on only one page of the four and reads in large part: "Private... I have labored constantly to assure the triumph of Liberty & Equality. My nature must change before I can be otherwise than devoted to this cause... I agree with Mr. Stanton in his dying legacy to me that Gen'l Grant is 'unfit' to be Presdt. On this point my conviction is profound, & I wish to save my country, & the cause of good govt. & the African race from the prolonged rule of such a man with whom the Presidency is nothing but a plaything or a perquisite [sic]. What I think it may be my duty to do should the Republican Convention commit the suicidal folly of proposing him for another lease of power, is still undetermined. Not without anxiety do I look to that contingency & you may be sure that I shall do what in my judgt. seems my duty, never forgetting the colored race. Why does Grant insist upon dividing the party? His name divides when it ought to unite. A true patriotism would make him withdraw & give us peace. Any other person nominated by the Republican Convention would be elected almost without opposition. But the playthings & perquisite are too tempting to the Presdt." Statesman, lawyer and leader of the antislavery forces in Massachusetts, Senator Charles Sumner's uncompromising nature and powers of persuasion were instrumental in the struggle to end slavery and gaining civil and voting rights for freedmen. His bitter conflict with President Grant contributed to his eventual loss of power and position beginning in 1871, when Sumner blocked Grant's plan to annex Santo Domingo and Grant countered by having his Senate supporters remove Sumner from the chairmanship of the Committee on Foreign Relations, a position he had occupied since 1861. Subsequently, Sumner broke from the Republican Party and campaigned for the Liberal Republican Horace Greeley in 1872. He died in 1874, having never regained his influential position. Uniform toning, some wear along folds, rough margins, signature bold and clear, very good condition.

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