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Reminiscence Of Lewis Cass

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Suoh reminiscences as tho following of our public men are a hcritage of value to other generations, and are worthy of record. Let it be borne in mind that the man who was aWo thus to speak had seen his share of hard life, and severe trial, and sore temptation. In the war of 1812 he was active and efficiënt, serving through the whole period. He entered as Colonel of the Third Ohio volunteers. His first essay was a march of 200 miles through a swampy wilderness to Detroit, and thence into Canada ; and to him is awarded the honorable distinction of having been the first man of our forces, in that war, to put his foot, in arins, upon British soil. - He snuffed the sulphur of battle, and with6tood the leaden hail. His manifold public services from that time are matters of history. In 1836 Mr. Cass was appointed Minister to France ; and on a public occasion, previous to departing on his important mission, he put on record the following testimony in relation to his habits of life. Said he : " I have never tasted any ardent spirits nor have I, at any timo during life, been in tho habit of drinking wine." It is of course almost useless to add, that I know nothing of the effects of. .sj; iajujaú1 ?, J havo observed them iu others. I have, perhaps, during my life been as much exposed as most men, having lived, since bayhood, in a new country ; having served in the army during the war ; and having been led by official duties to traverse almost all the western región north of the Ohio, and east of tho Mississippi. What effects might have resulted to me from the use of stimulating liquors at periods of great exposure and fatigue I cannot say. I can only say that I have done well enough without them."


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