DANIEL WEBSTER was born in the town of Salisbury, New Hampshire, on the eighteenth day of January, 1782. He was the ninth in a family of ten children, and was the son of Ebenezer Webster, by his second wife, Abigail Eastman.
Of the house where he was born scarcely a vestige now remains. It was a plain, brown, substantial New England farm-house, standing a little above the high-road, and upon a hill which overlooked the picturesque and winding valley of the Merrimac. The old cellar, choked with weeds and rubbish, is all that is left to designate where the house stood. Not far from its site, however, may still be seen the ruins of an old well, dug by his father long before Daniel was born, and from which the family derived their supply of water. Just by the well, in which still hangs, or hung a few years since, an "iron-bound bucket," is an ancient and umbrageous elm, affording a grateful shade to those who choose to enjoy it in summer; and round about are some old fruit trees which Colonel Eben