Letter from Charles Sumner to Theodore Parker

    Source citation
    Sumner, Charles, to Theodore Parker, 1 March 1857. As printed in Life and
    Correspondence of Theodore Parker. Vol. 1, ed. John Weiss. New York: De Capo Press, 1970, p. 218.
    Author (from)
    Charles Sumner
    Recipient (to)
    Parker, Theodore
    Date Certainty
    Leah Suhrstedt
    Transcription date
    The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print.  Spelling and other typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.


    March 1, 1857

    I have sat in my seat only on one day. After a short time the torment to my system became great, and the cloud began to gather over my brain. I tottered out, and took to my bed. I long to speak, but I cannot. Sorrowfully I resign myself to my condition.

    Had I an internal consciousness of strength, I might brave these professional menaces; but my own daily experience, while it satisfies me of my improvement, shows the subtle and complete overthrow of my powers organically, from which I can hope to recover only most slowly, per intervalla ac spiramenta temporis.
    What I can say must stand adjourned to another day. Nobody can regret this so much as myself, and my unhappiness will be increased if I have not your sympathy in this delay.
    I may die; but if I live, a word shall be spoken in the Senate which shall tear Slavery open from its chops to its heel- from its bully chops down to its coward heel!
    Till then, patience.

    Ever yours.

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