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classic beauty and elegant diction and sentiment to a degree as pleasing to the taste, as it was touching to the feelings of his listeners.

At the close of his remarks, a committee was appointed to draft and report resolutions appropriate to the occasion.

During the absence of the committee, Mr. Rand, a young member of the Bar, delivered a very beautiful and touching address relative to the character and great mental qualities of the deceased. The meeting was also addressed by the Hon. J. P. Benjamin, U. S. Senator, elect, in an impromptu discourse clothed in the distinguished gentleman's usual clear and felicitous language.

The committee then reported the resolutions appended, which were unanimously adopted. They were afterwards, on motion of J. R. Grymes, Esq., on behalf of Isaac Johnson, Attorney General of the State, ordered to be spread on the minutes of the Supreme Court.

Inasmuch as it hath pleased Divine Providence to remove from our midst the Honorable DANIEL WEBSTER, the acknowledged head of the American Bar, his professional brethren of the city of New Orleans, entertaining a profound veneration for his memory, as an expression of their sentiments, do resolve:

1st. That in contemplating the character of the deceased as a Lawyer, we have just cause to be proud of his transcendent abilities and natural endowments, which had been cultivated with untiring industry through a long life. His arguments were remarkable for their compact and lofty freedom, power and application. To use the apt language of a great man in reference to a kindred genius, he was eminently distinguished for completely exhausting every subject he discussed, and left no argument on the other side unnoticed and unanswered. The reported cases fall immeasurably short of doing any sort of justice to his powerful intellect and accurate logic, to the extent of his knowledge, or the eloquence of his illustrations. He stated principles, and enlarged and explained them, until those who heard him were lost in admiration at the strength and power of the human understanding. Upon the dry technical rules of law he shed the illumination of his mighty mind, and those subjects in our profession which are regarded as harsh and forbidding, were by his just taste, the purity and elegance of his style, clothed with the attractions of a liberal science and the embellishment of polite literature.

2d. That the members of the Bar of New Orleans entertain the conviction that the matchless solidity, purity, and patriotic nationality of his works,--will ensure their preservation through all coming ages as an imperishable monument of his genius, and that they will ever be regarded by our citizens as masterly expositions of the spirit of the laws which give living power to our constitutional fabric of government, in which he saw with his great compeer in the profession, "a pledge of the immortality of the Union."

3d. That a copy of the foregoing resolutions be handed to the Attorney General, to be by him presented to the Supreme Court, with the request that the same be entered upon the minutes of said Court on the first day of the meeting of the coming session, and that a like copy be handed to the District Attorney of the United States, to be presented to the Circuit Court, with the request that they be entered upon the records of the said Court.

4th. That a committee of five be appointed by the chair to select gentlemen to deliver eulogies upon the life and character of HENRY CLAY and DANIEL WEBSTER, and that said committee be

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