In the early part of 1825, amid a great outcry and no little bitterness, the House of Representatives chose* a President of the U. S. It passed over a western general by the name of Jackson and pointed its finger at a gentleman from Massachusetts. On March 4, 1825, there was an old man in his 90th year who had great joy in his heart. He had been retired for 24 years but in his time he had had a career—been Ambassador to Holland and England, been Vice President...

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