Boston: Warren's Portraits, 465 Washington St. [ca. 1879]. Photo measures approx. 5.88 x 4 inches on a slightly larger printed mount. Biographical encomium of approx. 160 words. Some minor discoloration; in very good condition. Item #16915
"His Enormous Brain Power marked him with Rank of Benjamin Franklin as one of Massachusetts noted productions. . . . Spoke all languages used 7 in number, it is said that he learned to Read write and speak the chinese Language while in China." A handsome tribute to the lawyer and statesman of admitted brilliance but overweening political ambition, who formalized trade relations with China but was also an apologist for slavery, characterized by at least one contemporary as "A man whose motto always seems to have been 'the end justifies the means.' A man who has been 'everything by turns and nothing long.' A federalist, a Tyler man, a conservative, a democrat--anything for office or place" (Benjamin Brown French, quoted in John M. Belohlavek, Broken Glass: Caleb Cushing and the Shattering of the Union, Kent State University Press 2005).