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Leading up to the infamous beating of Senator Sumner by Rep. Brooks...

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May 21, 1856

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., May 21, 1856  In the annals of Congressional history few events would prove as bazaar as the beating of Senator Charles Sumner on the floor of the Senate by Representative Preston Brooks. Many website provide the details, however in short, an anti-slavery speech by Sumner so enraged Brooks that he severely beat Sumner with a walking stick.
This issue of one day prior to the infamous event reports on an event which would be the provocation.
Page 2 has a report from the Senate headed "Kansas Affairs" which mentions: "...Mr. Sumner then rose and concluded the remarks commenced yesterday...Mr. Douglas also replied to Mr. Sumner...whom Mr. Sumner briefly rejoined; the debate towards its close tending somewhat towards personality and considerable acerbity of expression...". As the next day's action would reveal, that was an understatement. It was May 22 when the beating occurred.
Page 3 has a lengthy editorial which reports on the conclusion of Sumner's two day speech focused on the "crimes against Kansas" as it has become known. Portions include: "...Mr. Sumner proceeded to finish the speech on Kansas affairs...Having considered the "crime" against Kansas & the four "apologies" urged in its defense or palliation, the Senator next reviewed his "remedies..." and most of which follows in the editorial is a summation of Sumner's lengthy two hour speech.
Terrific to have these reports in this famous title from the nation's capital, typically the first newspaper to report events from Congress and the administration as it was the unofficial "mouthpiece" of the government.
Four pages, a bit irregular at the spine from disbinding with some appropriate archival repairs, otherwise in very nice condition. The folder size noted is for the issue folded in half.

Category: Pre-Civil War

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