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as filled with disgust.
If his address in 1852, over the death of Clay, proved that he was no eulogist, then this last effort demonstrated that he was no lecturer.
Invitations to deliver the lecture — prompted no doubt by the advertisement given him in the contest with Douglas — came in very freely; but beyond the three attempts named, he declined them all. Press of business in the courts afforded him a convenient excuse, and he retired from the field.
Springfield, March 28, 1859. W. M. Morris, Esq.,
Dear Sir:--Your kind note inviting me to deliver a lecture at Galesburg is received.
I regret to say I cannot do so now; I must stick to the courts awhile.
I read a sort of lecture to three different audiences during the last month and this; but I did so under circumstances which made it a waste of no time whatever.
Yours very truly,
He returned to the city two years after with a fame as wide as the continent, with the laurels of the Douglas contest on h