Reminiscences and Anecdotes of Daniel Webster

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CHAPTER XI.
RELIGIOUS THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS.

MR. WEBSTER thought often and profoundly on religious subjects. He had the most devout reverence for the Holy Scriptures, and was long in the habit of reading them every day. He often spoke of the delight their perusal gave him, especially the Gospels. He searched himself; and, while he had doubts and fears in regard to his own spiritual state, his conviction of the truth of the leading Christian doctrines was full and unquestioning. Throughout his life, this seems to have been the condition of his mind on religious subjects. The early lessons of piety taught by his revered mother were not forgotten to the end of his days. He always believed in a reverential keeping of the Sabbath. He wrote thus to Charles W. Ridgeley, secretary of a society organized to promote its better observance:--

"The longer I live, the more highly do I estimate the importance of a proper observance of the Christian Sabbath, and the more grateful do I feel towards those who take pains to impress a sense of this importance on the community. The

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