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3 The rumor, which anticipated the speech in the last days of February, was not credited. （Boston ‘Atlas,’ March 1.) The Southern leaders had been advised of the tenor of the speech two weeks before it was delivered. (A. II. Stephens's ‘Life,’ by Johnston and Browne, p. 250.) Webster, as early as January 21, admitted Clay to a confidence as to his purpose which he withheld from his own people. G. T. Curtis's ‘Life of Webster,’ vol. II. p. 397.
4 The Newburyport Herald.
5 The Boston ‘Atlas,’ March 16, June 17, stated the number of New England newspapers approving the speech as six against seventy disapproving it. The religious press in New England with one accord condemned it.
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