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Reminiscences of Samuel Dexter (1857)


Reminiscences of Samuel Dexter (1857)

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    Lucius Manlius Sargent
Excerpt from book: grieved, to see two aged ministers literally drunk, and a third indecently excited with strong drink." It is impossible to withhold our tribute of respect, from any man, whose moral courage enabled him to take the lead, in such an enterprize, against the passions and appetites, not only of the lower classes, but of thousands, in the higher ranks of society: encountering the ridicule of some, and the hatred of others. And it would be a grave omission, while contemplating the character of Mr. Dexter, to be silent, in regard to an act of honorable independence, which proves him to have held his own personal popularity of little account, in comparison with the moral weal of his fellow men. No. IV. It has been supposed, by some persons, that Mr. Dexter was constitutionally cold and repulsive. Belted about, in its panoply of ice and snow, Mount Hecla is cold, externally: but no one questions the calorific principle within: nor its ability, upon certain occasions, to pour forth a fiery torrent. He has been called unsocial. This was not so. He was social, as far as the grave and engrossing occupations of his life allowed him to be so. He was not convivial. An accessible and well-spread table is a very effective agent, in supporting the popularity of any man. There are many gentlemen, of easy virtue, who love to be well fed, at small cost: who will drink any given quantity of wine: and who are sufficiently grateful, to speak well of their entertainer, durante vita. He, who, possessing the means, neglects to avail himself of these appliances, in a certain meridian, is a man of courage. Mr. Dexter was of that number. He was no Amphytrion. That commune vinculum, the links whereof are sumptuous dinners and suppers, was a lengthening chain, for the brightening of which he had neither the ...  
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