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1 If he made an objection in committee it was a mild one, and he was careful not to give it publicity. Seward wrote, January 4: ‘Everett was on the Douglas committee, and says he objected. I would not have been allowed to be there.’ （Seward's ‘Life,’ vol. II. p. 216.) Everett first signified in the Senate his opposition, February 7.
2 New York Tribune, Jan. 9, 1854.
4 Governor Clifford replied, January 20, in a manly letter, in which he said: ‘My own judgment is clearly fixed and settled, independent of any effect it may have upon our existing political organizations, that the moral element involved in this question is too serious to be made any further or any longer subordinate to the political exigencies arising out of it.’ Choate's answer is given in his ‘Life,’ by Brown (p. 291), in which, while recommending opposition to the bill, he expressed solicitude lest Mr. Everett should be drawn into ‘a position which would impair his large prospects,’—an allusion to the latter's candidacy for the Presidency. Everett, it may be mentioned, sent no reply to the invitation to address the first anti-Nebraska meeting held in Broadway Tabernacle, January 30.
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