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WINTIIROP, ROBERT CHARLES (SPEAKER).
THE fame of Massachusetts—that ancient commonwealth, •ó whose soil was drenched to a inire by the first and best blood of the Revolution"-has suffered, with the lapse of years, no disparagement in the character of those whom she has chosen to represent her in the Congress of the nation. Look upon her, reader! she is still the same. Cast your eye upon the white locks and the bent form of that great and venerable man, to whom his younger colleagues look up with filial affection! Behold in him the honored liead of a delegation which, through all the phases of party change and political commotion, has presented a solid column of enlightened intelligence and manly patriotism! Of him we shall speak hereafter.
Our present concern is with the representative of the first Congressional District of the state, Robert C. Winthrop. Our own observation has impressed us with a high opinion of his character and attainments. While connected more immediately with the politics of Massachusetts, he stood pre-eminently high. No man of his age has held a more desirable position at home, and no man ever more completely justified the confidence of his friends. Independent of his hereditary claims to the respect and affection of his own commonwealthi, he has wronglıt out for himself, by his fidelity to the trust reposed in liim, and by his steady progress in every qualification for the highest statesmanship, a place in their regard second to none. To sustain this declaration, we may cite the fact that the only occasion upon which his friends have ever had an opportunity to test the strength of his hold upon the popular heart was during liis recent canvass. A few citizens of Boston, some of them holding prominent social positions, and having no slight pretension to intellectual distinction, attempted to supplant him on the ground of his vote in favor of the Mexican War Bill. So entirely, however, had the public sentiment toward Mr.