Mob at Fanueil Hall, and Webster

December 27, 1850

A long article about Webster, titled “The Great Apostate”,  recounts a view of Webster’s change since 1837, when “his vision was clear and his judgment sound”, and he did homage to the struggle to overthrow slavery,  and then to his apostasy, represented in his March 7th speech.   Then there is reference to the recent meeting at Fanueil Hall, interrupted by a mob.  “For whom did these miscreants send up cheer after cheer, throughout the entire evening?  Who was the recreant and fallen man whom, on that occasion, they were proud to recognize and eager to applaud, as one with him in spirit and fellowship?  Daniel  Webster !   Where shall we look in history for a more melancholy instance of human degradation?