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WILBUR M. HAYWARD & CO., 4 BURNS' BUILDING.
BOSTON Fetridge & Co. NEW YORK: Dewitt & Davenport.
CHICAGO: Mellon & Co.
Katered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1853, by
LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
It has been suggested to the publisher of the ensuing speeches of the great departed statesman DANIEL WEBSTER-undeniably the most important and eloquent of all his public efforts, remarkable and memorable as they were that they should be accompanied by a sketch of his life, and some familiar account of his public and private career.
In compliance with the suggestion, the following brief narrative has been prepared. The extraordinary sale which the speeches have already received, justifies the publisher in making the work as complete as possible. By the kind permission of the publishers of Harper's Magazine, the publisher has been enabled to avail himself of an elaborate article in that work for December last, condensed soon after the death of its illustrious subject, from the elaborate columns of the journals of the day, extended discourses from the public pulpits, addresses of members of the bar, and associative or legislative eulogies.
The following account of Mr. WEBSTER's family, himself and his consecutive career, is condensed from an able, article in a Boston journal, written by one who had long known Mr. WEBSTER intimately.
"DANIEL WEBSTER was the son of EBENEZER WEBSTER, of Salisbury, New Hampshire. He was born in that part of Salisbury now called Boscawen, on the eighteenth of January, 1782. His father was a captain in the revolutionary army, and became subsequently, though not bred a lawyer, one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas. He received his academical education at Exeter and