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Collection Reference Number GLC06554
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1864 
Title Charles Sumner to unknown about abolition
Date 11 August 1864
Author Sumner, Charles (1811-1874)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Referring to abolition, Sumner declares, "The cause is more than any man- Davis, Wade or Lincoln, & it must be saved. There must be harmony among our friends, & energy- oh my God! Energy in the Good!" Following his signature, continues "Energy in action & in ideas!- both!" Sumner is referring to Henry Winter Davis, Benjamin Franklin Wade, and Abraham Lincoln.
Subjects Civil War  Abolition  Slavery  African American History  President  Reform Movement  
People Sumner, Charles (1811-1874)  Davis, Henry Winter (1817-1865)  Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Wade, Benjamin Franklin (1800-1878)  
Place written Boston, Massachusetts
Theme The American Civil War; Slavery & Abolition; African Americans
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information This letter was written roughly one month after the Wade-Davis bill passed both houses of Congress. President Lincoln, whose "Ten Percent Plan" for Reconstruction was more lenient, refused to sign it, angering the Radical Republicans.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945