DescriptionCharles Sumner Autograph Letter Signed "Charles Sumner". Four pages, 5" x 8", Boston, November 5, 1862, to the Honorable J. R. Pate, with the usual fold creases and a faint damp stain that affects the lower portion of the paper of each page, else a bright letter in very good condition.
Sumner, recently re-elected after a brutal campaign, thanks a colleague for making a speech on his behalf and comments on certain factions in New York who have sympathy for the Confederate cause. He writes, in part: "Surely New York can not stay in line with the Rebells [sic]. If this election tends that way, it is easy to see where the responsibility lies...the talk of compromise, which has come for two years from persons calling themselves Republicans, has been as futile as the talk of surrender in the army...I would like to contemplate the results to which a defeat in New York tends. The recognition of the rebel state is the least of the terrible ends."
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