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8 Youth's Golden Gleam
To an outstanding event which took place in Cincinnati during that week, Mrs. roster made special reference in a letter. This was the visit of the statesman, Daniel Webster. When Mrs. Foster read the Daily Gazette after breakfast on Tuesday morning, June 18, she could hardly miss the item reporting that Mr. Webster "has been devoting his time to cultivating acquaintance with our citizens and making observations upon our city."11 That evening he attended a performance in the New Theatre of Sheridan's play Pizarro in which Edwin Forrest took the leading part.
On Wednesday evening there was a public dinner in honor of Mr. Webster which the Daily Gazette recorded12 as "a brilliant affair." "Everything passed off well" and Mr. Webster responded with the following toast:
The City of Cincinnati.—A beautiful illustration of the cooperation between nature and art. May the prosperity of her citizens be commensurate with their hospitality and enterprise.
Mr. Webster's tribute to Cincinnati hospitality was echoed by Mrs. Foster who wrote that, upon leaving, "Mr. Cassilly gallanted me down to the water in his new state coach, where Captain Stone again received us"; all this, she declared, "in such great stile you would have thought it was Mrs. Webster, the statesman's lady."2