Secession Era Editorials Project
Boston, Massachusetts, Atlas [Republican]
(24 May 1856)
[Pointing Finger] The Boston Courier did not see fit to join
yesterday morning in the unqualified rebuke which
the assault upon Mr. Sumner elicited from almost
every Boston newspaper. While it took very good
care to condemn Mr. Brooks, it saved its well-known
character, of an apologist for the South, by grossly
misrepresenting Mr. Sumner's speech; and by hinting
as broadly as it dared to, that he had fairly provoked
the indignity. It talked in sneering terms, of Mr.
Sumner's "insulting speech and broken head." This
is the dignified language in which the Courier sees
fit to complain of the want of dignity in others. It
was very wrong for Mr. Sumner to speak of Mr.
Douglas in terms of disrespect -- it is perfectly right,
we suppose, for the Courier to accuse Mr. Sumner of
"low blackguardism." Did the writer of this
precious article learn that pleasant phrase from his favorite
Webster? And does he not know, that upon the
very occasion to which he alludes, and when Mr.
Webster said "I employ no scavengers," he indicated,
by a significant glance, if not by a gesture, the
"scavenger" to whom he alluded? And does he not
remember, that when pressed by a storm of Southern
reproach and vituperation, how our great statesman
intimated that there might be blows to give as well,
as blows to take? But the Courier is very forgetful.
It forgets that there is a state called Massachusetts.
It forgets that there is a Senate of the United States.
It remembers only its personal hatred of Charles
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