What Sumner Wrote About Stephen Douglas
|Sen. Charles Sumner|
The Little Stinker
On the personal side, Sumner's brief description of Douglas (relayed by Redpath) is interesting, if not amusing:
Of Stephen A Douglass, (then a very great man in then popular estimation,) [Sumner] said: "Douglass, in private life is a brutal vulgar man without delicacy or scholarship; he is filthy in his person; he always looks as if he needed clean linen & sh[oul]d be put under a shower bath.So, not only did the politics of the "Little Giant" stink. He stunk too.