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The 4th of July, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of the Independence of the United States, was made memorable by the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the two Presidents who succeeded Washington. The coincidence of their deaths on this anniversary was one to touch the imagination and the feelings of the whole nation, and the sentiment thus roused found its best expression in the Eulogy on the two Ex-Presidents, delivered by Mr. Webster, on the 2d of August following, in Faneuil Hall, Boston, in presence of the City Government and the assembled citizens. A full account of the Eulogy, and of the scene of its delivery, written by Mr. Ticknor, is given in Mr. Curtis's Life of Webster, Vol. I. p. 274. Mr. Ticknor describes it in the following letter:— To C. S. Daveis, Portland. Newport, Rhode island, August 17, 1826. Your letter of Sunday evening, my dear Charles, arrived at Boston on Wednesday morning, just as we were bustling