Reminiscences and Anecdotes of Daniel Webster

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CHAPTER VIII. .
HOME LIFE: MARSHFIELD AND FRANKLIN

To every one who was at all familiar with Mr. Webster's habits and feelings, it was evident that his home, and every thing connected with it, were peculiarly dear to him. After absorbing labors in the capitol or in the court-room, he always turned his face gratefully toward Marshfield. It was there that he sought leisure to meditate upon his triumphs; it was thither that he turned for consolation, when harassed and overcome by disappointment. No doubt, he enjoyed the excitements of his profession and of public life: to gain a forensic victory was certainly a delight to him; to mingle in the fray of party warfare, to be the champion of principles he had embraced against foemen worthy of his steel, were sensations not disagreeable to him. But he always seemed most happy and most contented at home in Marshfield, surrounded by a family to whom he was tenderly devoted, within reach of the scenes of favorite sports and pastimes, and absorbed by the many quiet interests of the homestead and the farm. He never lost the fondness for agriculture which grew in his early childhood, and which he inherited from his ancestry of New Hampshire yeomen. When most

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