September 9, 1859
An article tells of the inaugural of the Webster statue, in front of the State House, which is soon to take place. “Of course, Edward Everett is to be the orator and eulogist for the occasion. Nothing could be more appropriate. …..Everett is ready, at any moment, to put on his knapsack, shoulder his musket, and march to the South, to reduce insurgent slaves to the bloody rule of their masters, or put them to death for imitating the example of the men of ’76. By all means, let him be the orator when that grim image and ‘hideous mass of iron’ is elevated on its pedestal.” The article calls for the legislature to act to remove the statue.