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[264] was not well during this visit, and unfortunately, also, his letters, though filled with the daily record of what he did, contain almost nothing in a form to be appropriate here.

On one occasion he writes:—

As Judge Wayne says, ‘the demonstration in favor of Webster's speech1 is triumphant.’ The number of letters he receives about it is prodigious; and the flood still comes in, as if none had flowed before. He has sent me a roll of a few hundred, with which I have been amusing myself this morning; and from their look, and from what I hear, he could have, from any part of the country, a list of names as significant of its public opinion as the list from Boston. The great West goes for him with a rush.

In another letter he says:—

The dinner at Webster's was very agreeable, quite agreeable; though having risen at three in the morning to prepare his great case in the Supreme Court, then having argued it, and, finally, having had a little discussion in the Senate as late as five o'clock, he grew tired about nine, and showed a great infection of sleep. But at the table he was in excellent condition.

Again he writes:—

The first half of the evening I spent with Clay, who had with him Foote and Clingman; and a curious conversation we had about slavery, I assure you. . . . .

At last, however, mentioning the arrival of Mr. Prescott with a party of friends, he adds, ‘They will stay till Friday, so as to dine at the President's on Thursday, for which we have invitations, but I would not stop here next week to dine with the Three Holy Kings of Cologne.’2

This visit to Washington is mentioned in the following letter to Mr. Milman:—

1 The famous 7th of March speech.

2 The description, in the ‘Life of Prescott,’ of the attentions showered upon his friend, might be applied with equal truth to the welcome Mr. Ticknor himself received.

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