‘Well, those are my views, and if I said anything on the subject I must have said substantially that, but not nearly so well as that is said.’
I remember this remark quite distinctly, and if the old steamer Editor is still in existence I could show the place where we were sitting.
Having secured his assent to the publication I forwarded it to our paper, but inasmuch as my report of the Beardstown meeting had been already mailed I incorporated the remarks on the Declaration of Independence
in my letter from Lewiston
two or three days subsequently.
... I do not remember ever having related these facts before, although they have often recurred to me as I have seen the peroration resuscitated again and again, and published (with good effect, I trust) in the newspapers of this country and England