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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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me, that it was now really refreshing to reply to
inquiries which were earnest and had some purpose
in them, and which were made with an earnest
intention. By what the American statesman knew
respecting him and our Swedish political affairs,
I could see the glance of genius, which requires but
little knowledge to enable it to perceive and
comprehend much.

July 2. Again home from the Capitol, where I
have heard Clay and Webster, as well as other
of the most distinguished senators. Clay speaks
in an animated manner, and with strong feeling.
I was not very much struck with his voice, of which
I had heard so much praise. It seems to me that
he often speaks too rapidly, so that the words are
lost in the shrill sound of the voice. Webster
speaks with great calmness, both in tone and
demeanor, but there is an intensity of power in his
manner. He has also this peculiarity as a speaker—and
in this he also resembles Wallin—that he
drops his voice and speaks all the lower, when he
seeks to make the deepest impression. This is the
very opposite of the general manner of American
speakers, but it produces great effect.

I spent yesterday morning with Professor
Henry, one of the most celebrated chemists in this
country, and found in him a great admirer of

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