Article Title

The Assault on Hon. W. T. Butler.

Authors

Newspaper Title

State Gazette

Publication Date

6-14-1856

Publication Place

Austin,Texas

Event Topic

Sumner Caning

Political Party

Democratic

Region

slave state

Quote

The most serious offence committed in the American Senate, and one which must be promptly rebuked, is the slanderous and dastardly attack upon the South and one of her proudest patriots, by Sumner, the abolitionist leader in the Senate.

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Article (Journal or Newsletter)

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The most serious offence committed inthe American Senate, and one which mustbe promptly rebuked, is the slanderous anddastardly attack upon the South and one ofher proudest patriots, by Sumner, the abolitionistleader in the Senate. The mere applicationof corporal chastisement inflicted byan individual member, is liable to too muchannoyance and inconvenience. Brooks didhis work well, but then it is wrong that theSenate should be made the place for whole-saledenunciations against the South forutterance of the grossest libel and vituperative abuse against Southern men, withoutother remedy for the evil than that dictatedin the breast of each member. If this isliberty of speech, it is that licence whichimmediately precedes the eloquence of anantagonist's blow. It is a liberty unusualin private life -- it is an abuse which will call forth chastisement in any respectablecircle of American society. Deliberationamong equals can no longer go on. Thesessions of the American Senate must cometo a close.

The offence of Sumner ought to be visitedwith expulsion. He is not merely an enthusiast --he is a dirty dog. Either he or thehigh-minded and chivalrous Butler, is notin his proper position. Will the U. S.Senate longer tolerate the conduct displayedby Mr. Sumner? The consequences arenot equivocal.

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Entered by James Cash. Proofed by Lloyd Benson

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txsgsu560614a

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The Assault on Hon. W. T. Butler.

The most serious offence committed in the American Senate, and one which must be promptly rebuked, is the slanderous and dastardly attack upon the South and one of her proudest patriots, by Sumner, the abolitionist leader in the Senate.