Article Title

Congressional.

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Newspaper Title

Illinios State Journal

Publication Date

6-16-1856

Publication Place

Springfield,Illinois

Event Topic

Sumner Caning

Political Party

Republican

Region

free state

Quote

Senator Butler concluded his remarks, in reply to Mr. Sumner'sspeech, by claiming he had convicted Sumner of error, misrepresentation and calumny.

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Article (Journal or Newsletter)

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Washington, June 13. -- Senator Butler concludedhis remarks, in reply to Mr. Sumner'sspeech, by claiming he had convicted Sumner oferror, misrepresentation and calumny. Wilson replied, maintaining Sumner's position, by statingthat from the 29th of May, Sumner had been confined to his room for the greater part ofthe time in consequence of the assault, and wouldbe unable to attend to business for some time.Butler had taken full revenge for the speech delivered by Sumner. This is the way it shouldhave been met, and not by blows. Mr. Wilsonindorsed Sumner's remarks, relative to SouthCarolina, and referred to former speeches of Butler,to show that ever since he has been in the Senate, his replies to Sumner have been in offensiveepithets, calculated to injure the feelings ofany man, and insisted that Butler was the firstaggressor. Wilson said he would speak his feelingsfreely. No one held over him plantationwhips. He would speak the more freely in debate,because his colleague had been strickendown. Butler said Wilson had no right to goback to old reports, to show cause for Sumner'sspeech, because Sumner, in affidavit, said hisspeech was in reply to Butler's speeches of thissession. He asked Wilson how many battlesthere were in Massachusetts during the Revolution.He replied not many, because the enemyconsidered it safer to go to South Carolina. --They met them at Concord, Bunker Hill, Lexington,and Dorchester Heights, and would havemet them elsewhere, but the enemy took goodcare to keep out of sight. Evans obtained thefloor, when the Senate adjourned till Monday.

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Senator Butler concluded his remarks, in reply to Mr. Sumner'sspeech, by claiming he had convicted Sumner of error, misrepresentation and calumny.