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Charles Sumner

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The Senator from South Carolina has read many books of chivalry, and believes himself a chivalrous knight, with sentiments of honor and courage. Of course he has chosen a mistress to whom he has made his vows, and who, though ugly to others, is always lovely to him; though polluted in the sight of the world, is chaste in his sight I mean the harlot, Slavery. For her, his tongue is always profuse in words.
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"The Crime against Kansas," speech in the Senate (May 18, 1856). The insult against Senator Andrew Butler of South Carolina so angered Butler's cousin, Representative Preston Brooks, that Brooks attacked Sumter with a cane in the Senate chamber a few weeks later.

 
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