I desire you to hear in mind that in committing the memorial to Mr. Everett he was marked as its guardian and defender in the Senate. Any interference from me, his colleague, particularly in a tone contrasting with his, might have seemed indelicate and unkind. There is another fact which I did
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1 The ‘Congregationalist,’ March 24, April 28, May 12 and June 2, contains Mr. Dexter's report and statements; ‘Commonwealth’ March 15, 25, 31, and April 6; ‘National Era,’ March 23; ‘New Bedford Mercury,’ in March; ‘Boston Traveller,’ March 20. The ‘Evening Post,’ March 8. was severe in its criticisms upon Everett. See also dates of March 3, 4, 17; April 10, 11, 15; May 20, 23. The Springfield Republican, March 20 and May 20, noted the general dissatisfaction with him. The private correspondence of the time was emphatic in the same direction; but there is no occasion to repeat here the strong epithets which were then freely applied to Mr. Everett.
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