Webster’s Birthday

January 27, 1854

An article disparages a gathering of the Massachusetts Webster Association, to a honor his birthday.  “No matter how deformed or monstrous the idol may be, its worshippers are none the less ready to bow down, and adore it as pre-eminently great, illustrious, and powerful.”    The celebratory dinner was held at the Revere House, which the article characterizes as “the headquarters of genteel dissipation.”  Among those in attendance, “it would be preposterous to suppose that there was one who was not both a timer-server and a sycophant……..the sum total of independent manhood among them all, amounted exactly to a cipher….”