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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
ALLEN AND FARXILAM, STEREOTYPERS AND PRINTERS.
THE THIRD VOLUME.
The present volume contains the Orations and Speeches delivered by me since the month of May, 1850, — the date with which the second volume closes. The contents of the volume having been made up a twelvemonth ago and its size preventing any further addition, several speeches and discourses of a later date have been necessarily omitted ;- among them a Eulogy on Mr. Thomas Dowse, a Discourse on the Early Days of Franklin, Rcmarks on the Decease of Mr. Choate, and an Address at the Dedication of the Statue of Mr. Webster.
Being still under engagement to repeat, at many places in different parts of the country, for the benefit of the fund for the purchase of Mount Vernon, the Discourse on the Character of Washington, originally delivered on the 22d of February, 1856, I reserve that also for future publication. With the orations and addresses contained in this volume, I have included two or three articles of a different kind, such as the Memoir of Abdul Rahaman, the Obituary Notice of Mr. Abbott Lawrence, and the Memoir of Mr. Peter C. Brooks. The first of these seemed to furnish a suitable illustration of the Speech before the Colonization Society; and the second is given as an appropriate supplement to the Remarks made in Faneuil Hall on occasion of Mr. Lawrence's Decease. I have introduced the Memoir of Mr. Brooks into the volume, from a wish to extend, as widely and permanently as I could, this tribute to the memory of one of the most honorable and upright of men.
Adhering to the plan pursued in the two former volumes, I have excluded also from this volume the speeches made by me in the Senate of the United States, in the years 1853 and 1854 (with the exception of the Remarks on the Death of Vice-President King), and one or two political speeches made on other occasions.
The present volume will be found to contain a very complete Analytical Index of the three volumes, for tho preparation of which I am wholly indebted to the friendly interest of S. Austin Allibone, Esq., of Philadelphia, so well known at home and abroad as the Author of the “Critical Dictionary of English Literature, and British and American Authors, Living and Deceased.” I am not without fears that his partiality has led him into a degree of minuteness not warranted by the importance of the work, and for this reason I was desirous that the Index should be materially
abridged. But I have felt that it would be an ungrateful return for the labor so kindly bestowed by him on its preparation, to subject it against his wishes to any considerable retrenchment. Being myself entitled to no part of the credit of its formation, I may be permitted to say, that its equal, in all the qualities of a good Index, will in my opinion not be readily found. It has been carried through the press under the critical eye of my friend Charles Folsom, Esq.
While I have great reason to acknowledge the kindness with which the contents of these volumes have been received, both as spoken and in print, I would observe that it is not wholly of choice that I continue to give so much of my time to the preparation and delivery of these occasional performances, for which I cannot promise myself so durable an interest, as might perhaps be hoped for literary labors of another kind. I may be allowed to say, that I decline many more invitations to speak in public than I accept, and that my frequent appearance is the result of urgency, to which I often yield with great reluctance, being sensible that I am near the age, if indeed I have not reached it, when the platform should be left to younger
Bosron, September, 1859.