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Excerpt from Speech Delivered in Faneuil Hall, Boston, October 27, 1857: Also, Speech Delivered in City Hall, Newburyport, October 31, 1857Fellow Citizens of the State of Massachusetts: -I present myself before you, in this time and place, toMoreExcerpt from Speech Delivered in Faneuil Hall, Boston, October 27, 1857: Also, Speech Delivered in City Hall, Newburyport, October 31, 1857Fellow Citizens of the State of Massachusetts: -I present myself before you, in this time and place, to discuss the political questions of the day, at the request of the Young Mens Democratic Association, who have been pleased to think that it was a duty, incumbent on me, to contribute my share of effort to the object of securing the full exposition of the issues, presently to be passed upon by the people of the Commonwealth.Let me not be ashamed to confess, that, many times before as it has happened to me to speak from this very spot, I have not been able to look forward without solicitude to the present hour and its appointed task. I come to it now with unaffected self-distrust. I seem, to myself, to be awed into solemnity by the visible presence, as it were, of the Genius of Faneuil Hall.Besides, if I speak at all, I cannot deal in commonplace, or in mere generalities, but must address myself to the living questions of the crisis, such as as palpitate in the bosoms of men, and occupy the common thought of the hustings, the workshop, the counting-room, the street, and the fireside. To speak thus, and thus only, is a necessity of my position not less than a point of honor.On this account, I come to you, avowedly and visibly, with a written address. I know, as well as any man living, I know by the practice and observation of thirty years, how much of advantage there is, at least for momentary impression, in the fact, or the appearance if not the fact, of extemporaneous oratory- the impassioned manner, the moving eye, the kindling soul within us, working, as it were, before the very eyes of the spectator-auditor. But I know its dangers also- and, to avoid them. I, of set purpose, relinquish its advantages. I will not run the risk, in the heat of the minds action, of saying more or less than I mean- I will not have the opportunity of substituting after thoughts for the spoken words: respectfully soliciting of the press the favor to abstain from any abstract or report of my remarks, and thus to aid me in the accomplishment of what is, in that respect, a well meant design.I take this course for another reason.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.