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OCCASIONED BY THE
DEATH OF DANIEL WEBSTER,
PREACHED AT THE MELODEON
ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1852.
MINISTER OF THE TWENTY-EIGHTH CONGREGATIONAL SOCIETY IN BOSTON.
Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1853, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
PRINTED BY JOHN WILSON AND SON, SCHOOL STREET.
Ir is now four months since the delivery of this Sermon. A
My estimate of Mr. Webster differs from that which seems to
upon the statements therein, and the motives thereto. I should be sorry to find that Americans valued a great man so little as to have nothing to say in defence of one so long and so conspicuously before the public. The violence and rage directed against me is not astonishing; it is not even new. I am not vain enough to· fancy that I have never been mistaken in a fact of Mr. Webster's history, or in my judgment pronounced on any of his actions, words, or motives. I can only say I have done what I could.
BOSTON, March 7, 1853.
If I have committed any errors, I hope they will be pointed out. Fifty years hence, the character of Mr. Webster and his eminent contemporaries will be better understood than now; for we have not yet all the evidence on which the final judgment of posterity will rest. Thomas Hutchinson and John Adams are better known now than at the day of their death; five and twenty years hence they will both be better known than at present.