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1 This passage was seized upon by the advocates of the bill to prove that it did not involve the extension of slavery. The only prominent journal in Massachusetts which supported the measure, the Boston Post, kept the passage in type, and repeated it in several numbers, as a sufficient answer to the principal argument of its opponents. Wade said in the Senate, Feb. 23. 1855. referring to this position of Everett: ‘I remember him who made that soothing declaration; and I know that for making it, and for partially shrinking from the responsibilities which he ought boldly to have assumed, able as he was, and old statesman as he was, possessing ability hardly equalled in the country, he has been driven by the intelligent people of Massachusetts into private life, there to remain forever; and, sir, the verdict is most just.’
2 A spectator wrote at the time that Everett failed to answer the expectation of the large audience which listened in breathless attention. He spoke in a low tone. and without any glow. except when he dwelt on Webster's support of the Compromise of 1850. （Mrs. Paulina W. Davis, ‘Liberator,’ March 31.)
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