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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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all esteem, and his vivid description of nature and
the circumstances of life in the Western lands shows
both knowledge and talent. . . .

July 18. Yesterday I heard a very remarkable
speech from Webster in the Senate, which
impressed me greatly in his favor. I have hitherto
lived much with the enemies and political opponents
of Webster, and have heard him attacked
and keenly criticised in many ways. I am now
convinced that he may be perfectly honest in his
convictions, and I will believe that he is so. He
spoke for Clay’s Compromise Bill, gave his full
adherence to it, declaring that he considered it, at
the present moment, as furnishing the necessary
terms of reconciliation between the contending
states, and that he considered this reconciliation
necessary to the stability and the future welfare of
the Union.

Webster had begun his speech calmly, heavily,
and without apparent life. Toward the end of the
speech his cheek had acquired the glow of youth,
his figure became more erect, he seemed slender
and full of vivacity; and as he spoke the last
concluding words, he stood in full manly, almost
Apollo-like beauty, in the midst of that fascinated,
listening assembly, stood, still calm, without any
apparent design, but as if reposing himself, happy

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