Secession Era Editorials Project
Richmond, Virginia, Whig [American]
(31 May 1856)
The daily and hourly reports from Washington
concerning the condition of Sumner, are all very
strange and funny, and lead us to believe that the Abolition wretch, with his
Abolition physicians as accomplices in the trick, is playing
We hear one moment that he is "comfortable and deing well" --we hear the next, that his condition is
"extremely critical," and that no one is allowed to see him; and then a few
hours afterwards we are favored with a different story.
Now, for our part, we never have believed that Sumner was sufficiently hurt to make it necessary for him
to take to his bed at all.
Least of all do we believe that the well-deserved gutta-
perching he received was of so severe a character as to detain him in
confinement for more than a week.
But we believe it is a miserable Abolition trick from beginning to end --
resorted to to keep alive and diffuse and strengthen the sympathy awakened for
him among his confederates at the North Nigger-worshipping
fanatics of the male gender, and weak-minded women and silly children, are
horribly affected at the thought of blood oozing out from a pin-scratch.
And Sumner is wily politician enough to take
advantage of this little fact.
We suggest that the Senate appoint a committee, consisting of one
Southern man, to ascertain Sumner's
We think the bare sight of a hundredth part of a Southern man would impart
to the possuming wretch strength enough to enable him to take up his bed and
walk -- yea, walk even to Boston.
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