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1 He had already, from his youth, in a more private way,—by correspondence, and contributions to the newspapers,—assisted in the antislavery debate. See Index of the first two volumes of this Memoir, under title ‘Slavery.’
2 The original manuscript, with the parts in Mr. Webster's handwriting, is in the possession of Stephen H. Phillips, son of Stephen C. (‘Reunion of the Free-Soilers of 1848– 1852,’ held June 28, 1888, pp. 30-32.) Mr. Webster was said to have read the call, and promised to attend the convention, but was called to Washington before it met. (Boston ‘Republican,’ Oct. 16, 1849, containing a full history of the period 1845-1848 so far as it relates to the antislavery conflict in Massachusetts, probably contributed by Henry Wilson.) Mr. Wilson reviewed this period in a speech in the Massachusetts Senate, Feb. 24, 1852 (Boston ‘Common-wealth,’ March 1, 1852), and in a letter to L. V. Bell (‘Commonwealth,’ July 14, 1852).
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