REMOVAL TO PORTSMOUTH--MARRIAGE--THE BUCKMINSTERS--MR. JEREMIAH MASON--BIRTH OF A DAUGHTER--THE EMBARGO-- P. B. K. ORATION--WAR OF 1812--THE ENGLISH AND FRENCH DECREES--ROCKINGHAM MEMORIAL--ELECTION TO CONGRESS-- RESOLUTIONS ON THE ALLEGED REPEAL OF THE FRENCH DECREES.
ON a Sunday morning in September, 1807, the sexton of the Rev. Dr. Buckminster's church, in Portsmouth, introduced a stranger into the minister's pew, according to the custom of the time. The eldest daughter of the family, on her return from church, observed that "there had been a remarkable person in the pew with her, that he riveted her attention, and that she was sure he had a most marked character for good or for evil." The stranger was Daniel Webster, at the age of twenty-five. His appearance at that time has been thus described, by another lady of the same family, from whom this anecdote is derived: "Slender, and apparently of delicate organization, his large eyes and massive brow seemed very predominant above the other features, which were sharply cut, refined, and delicate. The paleness of his complexion was heightened by hair as black as the raven's wing." He took lodgings very near Dr. Buckminster's house, and in a short time, says the same lady, "there was no longer a problem connected with him."1)____________________