Life of Daniel Webster - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER XXXI. 1844-1845.

MR. WEBSTER IS REËLECTED TO THE SENATE--THE ANNEXATION OF TEXAS SECRETLY NEGOTIATED--MR. WEBSTER NOT IN PUBLIC LIFE AT THIS TIME--PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTIONS FOR ANNEXING TEXAS--TAKES HIS SEAT IN THE SENATE FOUR DAYS AFTERWARD--HIS OPINIONS ON THIS MEASURE--DEATH OF MR. JUSTICE STORY.

MR. WEBSTER was again elected to the Senate of the United States by the Legislature of Massachusetts, in the winter of 1844-'45, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Mr. Choate; but he was not to take the seat until the 4th of March, 1845. How much his absence from public life may have emboldened the Administration of President Tyler to effect the annexation of Texas before the accession of Mr. Polk to the presidency should be simultaneous with Mr. Webster's return to the Senate, the reader will be able to judge, when he recollects that this annexation was accomplished by legislative resolutions, at a time when Mr. Webster could not be heard in Congress respecting the constitutional objections to the mode or the prudential objections to the thing itself. A constitutional argument from him on the subject of bringing foreign territory into this Union in the capacity of a State, made under his responsibilities as a Senator, does not exist. It is wanting, because the annexation of Texas was, to use his own expression, sprung upon Congress.

Mr. Calhoun became Secretary of State under President

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Errata. *
  • Contents of Volume Ii. iii
  • Chapter Xxv. 1838-1839. 1
  • Chapter XXVI - 1839-1840. 28
  • Chapter Xxvii. 1840-1841. 47
  • Chapter Xxviii. 1841-1842. 94
  • Chapter Xxix. 1842-1843. 130
  • Chapter Xxx. 1843-1844. 206
  • Chapter Xxxi. 1844-1845. 246
  • Chapter XXXII - 1845-1846. 252
  • Chapter Xxxiii. 1846-1847. 298
  • Chapter Xxxiv. 1847-1848. 313
  • Chapter XXXV - 1848-1849. 350
  • Chapter Xxxvi. 1849-1850. 381
  • Chapter Xxxvii. 1850-1851. 466
  • Chapter XXXVIII - 1851-1852. 566
  • Index. 706
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