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ENTERED, according to the Act of Congress, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the
Southern District of New York.
R. CRAIGHEAD, PRINTER,
112 Fulton-st., N. Y.
Having observed with regret the imperfect manner in which the last edition of Presidents' Messages was executed, it occurred to me that a correct and handsome edition, from their commencement to William H. Harrison's inaugural address, would not be unacceptable to my fellow citizens ; believing as I do that, of all great national documents, few perhaps are more deserving permanent preservation than those which emanate directly from the head of the executive government. Their intrinsic value and importance must be coeval with our national existence ; they have respect no less to the interests of after times than to those of the present day; for while they mark the several great epochs of its political history, they at the same time afford the best exposition and clue to the right appreciation of its administrative proceedings. Apart from their public utility, these documents must ever be considered of great value, from the high rank they deservedly retain in their literary reputation, as gems of republican eloquence and rhetorical skill, exhibiting specimens of some of the purest models of style which are to be found in our language.
SPEECHES OF THE HON. DANIEL WEBSTER,
WITH A CRITICAL ESSAY ON HIS GENIUS.
Opinions of the Press. Bcauties of Daniel Webster.—“A handsome little volume, of 216 pages, bearing this title, containing judiciously selected extracts from the speeches, addresses, &c., of that distinguished gentleman, with a Critical Essay on the genius and writings of Mr. Webster, by Mr. James Rees. We wish the book might go into the hands of every person capable of reading, from New Brunswick to Texas.” – New York Gazette.
" This is the title of a neat little work, prepared with much care by Mr. James Rees. The selections are judiciously made and admirably arranged. Mr. Webster is one of the great men of the country, never at a loss for words, powerful in argument, fascinating and beautiful as an orator. The critical essay is enthusiastic, eloquent, and truthful. The work will meet with an extensive sale.” – New York Whig.
“ Most appropriately is this beautiful and precious little volume dedicated to the friends of liberty throughout the world, and to the admirers of the English language in its purity.'
“We rejoice, therefore, that selections, so tastefully made as those in this volume, have been put forth in a shape and form to give them wide circulation among all classes; for the extracts are such as no American, of whatever party, can fail to admire.
“We commend these Beauties to all our readers." New York American.
“ The passages are selected with judgment and good taste, presenting a rare assemblage of noble thoughts, clothed in surpassing eloquence of language. We are glad to see that the editor has been careful not to omit that magnificent outburst of patriotism, the conclusion of the great speech in answer to Mr. Hayne on Nullification.” – New York Commercial Advertiser.
SPEECHES OF THE HON. HENRY CLAY,
THIRD EDITION, WITH A MEMOIR.
Opinions of the Press. “ A beautiful pocket volume, * The Beauties of Henry Clay,' being a companion to the Beauties of Daniel Webster.' It has a very well written introduction, giving an accouut of Mr. Clay's public career, and