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fter the challenge I received, said May. I claim no merit, Sir. A little farther Sir said Mr Webster, there is another on your right, one on the other side &c May went on until he was up to his middle. I besought Mr Webster not to urge him further. Oh said he, it does not hurt a young man to wet his feet. I would have gone myself, were it not for the ladies. May came up with his hands filled with lilies which he gave to Mr Webster, and he in turn gave one to each lady near. Mr Sullivan came up just then, and asked May what induced him to do it. Mr Webster's eloquence said he. It never brought me a lily before, said the Orator. Though it has many laurels replied May. Mr W. bowed, and thus ended the little episode. I have not done justice to Mr Webster's words, look and manner. No words of mine can paint them to you. It always delights me to see him, and I was never so charmed with him as this day. To all the wit and power of mind of all the other gentlem
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I, p. 44. When feverish haste had not yet infected society, a trip over the canal in the passenger-packet, the Governor Sullivan must have been an enjoyable experience. Protected by iron rules from the danger of collision, undaunted by squallsn developed by an unlettered native genius, years before Fulton made his successful experiment on the Hudson. Canal manager Sullivan, with great visions of future inland navigation by canal and river, had a boat equipped with an engine of this patteis and other parts of Medford were the scene of the earliest steamboat days. See Register, Vol. XVII, p. 92. Captain Sullivan was nearly a century ahead of the times, for it is only within a few years that, even with the resources of the greahe Merrimack. That boat bore a new kind of freight, the various parts of the locomotive engine which the genius of Governor Sullivan and of the Medford capitalists had not foreseen. A lot of Walnut-tree hill, and rocks from Winter Hill had been ca