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[563] insulted by being placed fourth in the Committee on Education, presided over by Mr. Flanagan of Texas. The document we print to-day will show how much excuse they had for this piece of folly and slavish subservience. It is a part of the history of the country, and an important chapter in the biography of one of its first statesmen.

It is due also to the fair fame of the most brilliant historian America has yet given to the world, that the insult to him should be hurled back where it came from; and that another illustration may be given of the glorious fact, that the fame of such men as John Lothrop Motley and Charles Sumner, is in the keeping of the Muse of History, and not of the politician. She presides serenely over the tribunal of justice, and from her stern awards there is no appeal.

In preserving this speech, we have reproduced it with typographical accuracy from the Tribune. The circumstances under which the speech was prepared and suppressed, were stated by the eminent author himself, in the subjoined note, with which the Tribune introduces the speech itself:

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