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Speech At Marshfield 421

Delivered at a Meeting of the Citizens of Marshfield, Mass., on the 1st of Sep-

tember, 1848.

Speech In Faneuil Hall Previous To The Election In 1848, 447

A Speech delivered in Faneuil Hall, on the 24th of October, 1848, at a Gen-

eral Meeting of the Whigs of Boston and the Vicinity, previous to the

Presidential Election of that Year.

Jeremiah Mason 477

Remarks made in the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, on the 14th of No-

vember, 1848, on presenting to the Court the Resolutions of the Bar of Suf-

folk in Honor of Jeremiah Mason.

Festival Of The Sons Of New Hampshire .... 495

Two Speeches delivered in the Hall of the Fitchburg Railroad Company, in

Boston, on the 7th of November, 1849, at a Festival of the Natives of New

Hampshire established in Massachusetts.

Pilgrim Festival At New York In 1850 .... 517

A Speech delivered at the Annual Dinner of the New England Society of

New York, on the 22d of December, 1850.

Visit To Buffalo In 1851 529

A Speech delivered at a Public Dinner at Buffalo, on Occasion of a Visit to

that Place, on the 21st of May, 1851, p. 533.

A Speech delivered before a large Assembly of the Citizens of Buffalo and the

County of Erie, at a Public Reception on the 22d of May, 1851, p. 544.

Speech To The Young Men Of Albany .... 565

Delivered on the 28th of May, 1851, at the Invitation of the Young Men of

Albany, in the Public Square of the Capitol in that City.

The Addition To The Capitol 593

An Address delivered at the Laying of the Corner-stone of the Addition to

the Capitol, on the 4th of July, 1851.




The political excitement which pervaded the Union during the year 1840 was greater than has existed on any other occasion, for many years. Immense meetings of the most animated kind were held throughout the country, and were addressed by the ablest men. In the month of August of that year, Mr. Webster was called to Saratoga by a professional engagement as counsel in an important lawsuit for the State of Illinois. A large number of persons from all parts of the Union are generally assembled at Saratoga at this season of the year, and a strong wish was felt that Mr. Webster would make a public address on the absorbing political topics of the day. Although the little time he was to pass at Saratoga was too much engrossed by his professional duties to leave leisure for the slightest preparation, he found it impossible to resist the general wish; and the afternoon of the 19th — the day before his argument in court — was appointed for a grand political meeting.

From an early hour in the morning of that day, and along every avenue, crowded vehicles were arriving in Saratoga from the surrounding country. The railway trains from Troy and Schenectady (and they were all behind their time, by reason of the vast crowds in and upon them) poured their living multitudes into the village. About two o'clock, P. M., a dark, lowering cloud, which had been gathering in the west, burst in a deluge of rain, accompanied with vivid lightning and thunder. But the storm soon passed, and the earth smiled again under returning sunshine. The face of nature was refreshed; and the grateful coolness of the air gave new spirits and animation to the assembling throng.

Just before the storm broke, a very long procession on horseback and in wagons, with banners and music, arrived from the neighboring towns, and passed down the main street. Every house and piazza was crowded. The desire to hear Mr. Webster had drawn together the entire movable population of the neighborhood. In addition to this attraction, the Court of Errors for the State of New York and the Court of Chan

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