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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.6 (search)
rel of old— Like that wild harp, whose magic tone Is waken'd by the wind alone. He was a prominent character from the time his star rose above the horizon at Hanover Courthouse in the famous Parson's cause to the time of his death. Here, Wirt says, Was first witnessed that mysterious and almost superhuman transformation of appearance which the fire of his eloquence never failed to work in him. He was noted for his winsomeness of speech. His voice was rich, strong and clear. It has b its wonted fire and his clarion voice rang out clear and resonant as of old; but such was his physical condition that when he ended he sank exhausted into the arms of his friends. Notwithstanding age and decrepitude, this speech, as reported in Wirt's Life of Henry, does not indicate any diminution of mentality or oratorical powers. He plead as fervently for the maintenance of those principles he now advocated as he had in opposition ten years before. So affected was the audience by the emp