The Glorious Year of 1825
While the Antelope decision symbolized the fault line which the institution of slavery had shot through the American constitutional structure, its significance in early 1825 seemed overshadowed by the restrained optimism of the Adams inaugural, and Story rode north from the 1825 term into what probably was to be the happiest year of his life. And certainly his cup must have filled to overflowing when, on June 4, 1825, a brief item in the Boston papers noted that the Harvard Corporation had "selected the Honorable Joseph Story to fill a vacancy in its number."1 The selection both crowned an association begun thirty years earlier with Story's belated enrollment in the class of 1798 and vindicated the prophetic character of the second honors he won on graduation. Recognition began in 1815 when Story was named to assist the school of theology, was underscored in 1819 with appointment to the board of overseers, and was seemingly crowned in 1822, with the grant of Harvard's doctorate of laws honoris causa.
Unhappily, however, a touch of blight marred the unfolding____________________