Life of Daniel Webster - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER XXIX. 1842-1843.

WHIG OPPOSITION TO MR. WEBSTER'S CONTINUANCE IN THE CABINET--VISIT TO MARSHFIELD IN AUGUST--NOMINATION OF MR. CLAY FOR THE PRESIDENCY, BY THE WHIGS OF A MASSACHUSETTS --COVERT ATTACK ON MR. WEBSTER--VINDICATES HIMSELF IN FANEUIL HALL-RETURNS TO WASHINGTON--DEPARTURE OF LORD ASHBURTON--RECEPTION OF THE TREATY OF WASHINGTON IN ENGLAND--MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE RIGHT OF SEARCH --THE TREATY IN PARLIAMENT--VOTE OF THANKS TO LORD ASHBURTON--DISPOSAL OF THE RIGHT OF SEARCH--THE FRANKLIN MAP--THE OREGON BOUNDARY--A SPECIAL MISSION TO ENGLAND CONSIDERED--MR. EVERETT DECLINES THE MISSION TO CHINA--ORIGIN AND PLAN OF THE CHINESE MISSION-- RECEPTION OF THE TREATY OF WASHINGTON ON THE CONTINENT OF EUROPE--DISSATISFACTION OF GENERAL CASS--HIS COURSE IN REGARD TO THE TREATY, AND THE RIGHT OF SEARCH-- OFFICIAL REBUKE--PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN GENERAL CASS AND MR. WEBSTER--SURVEY OF THE NORTHEASTERN BOUNDARY.

THE Treaty of Washington had scarcely been signed-- indeed, it had not been signed--when the clamor for Mr. Webster's resignation broke forth anew, on the part of a portion of the Whig press. The ostensible reason assigned for this demand was what were called his "disparaging connections;" meaning his official connections with President Tyler. A party newspaper published in Boston, and accounted the organ of the Whigs in that region, was foremost in this movement, the design of which was to in

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