Reminiscences and Anecdotes of Daniel Webster

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APPENDIX.
THE BURNHAM STATUE OF WEBSTER.

IT is not inappropriate to the purpose of this volume to describe the remarkable and munificent testimonial offered by a citizen of New York to the fame of Daniel Webster, and to the reverence for his great intellect and the affection for his manly virtues which have kept his memory green. It was, indeed, the particular wish of Mr. Harvey that the memorable proceedings and addresses at New York, on the 25th of November, 1876, should be included in this work. He was present on the occasion, and he repeatedly expressed the hope that this crowning ceremonial in honor of his illustrious friend might have a place in his volume of Reminiscences.

Mr. GORDON WEBSTER BURNHAM, a gentleman of large wealth and of artistic tastes, having an exalted veneration for Mr. Webster's character, tendered to the New York department of public parks, in 1874, a statue of the statesman, to be erected in Central Park. The following is the letter in which this offer was made: --

HENRY G. STEBBINS, Esq., President of the Department of Public Parks.

DEAR SIR: In accordance with the suggestions heretofore made in conversation with your predecessor, Mr. Wales, and yourself, I respectfully offer for the Central Park a bronze statue of Daniel Webster, of colossal size, with an appro-

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