To the outer world, beyond the immediate circles of his friends and companions, Daniel Webster seemed to be a reserved, reticent, even austere man. It was only to the familiar and trusted few that he unbosomed himself; and they alone could form a full judgment of his virtues and failings. He had few intimate advisers, and knew how to keep his own secrets. It was rarely that he talked even with his friends about public men or measures; rarely that he touched upon the deeper problems (of which, nevertheless, he thought much and often) concerning the soul and its destiny. He did not "let himself out," and display his lighter, frolicsome, and humorous moods, except in presence of those whom he had known long and well, and between whom and himself there existed strong mutual attachment. Those who did know him as he was, however, were aware that not only was he simple in manners, and often boyish in spirits; not only was he hearty, hospitable, and affectionate, steadfast in his love of his family and his attachment to his friends, kind of heart towards men and towards animals, courteous to his adversaries,
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Publication information: Book title: Reminiscences and Anecdotes of Daniel Webster. Contributors: Peter Harvey - Author. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1877. Page number: 316.
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