Life of Daniel Webster - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER XXXVI. 1849-1850.

SECTIONAL CONFLICT OF 1850--ITS CHARACTER AND CAUSES-- NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN FANATICISM ON THE SUBJECT OF SLAVERY--ERRORS OF BOTH SECTIONS--THE PECULIAR PERILS OF THIS ERA--NATURE OF THE CRISIS--PRESIDENTTAYLOR'S PLAN FOR AVOIDING A SECTIONAL COLLISION--INTERVIEW BETWEEN MR. CLAY AND MR. WEBSTER--MR. CLAY'S "COMPROMISE RESOLUTIONS"--MR. WEBSTER'S SPEECH OF THE 7TH OF MARCH--ITS RECEPTION AT THE NORTH--HIS MOTIVES AND POSITIONS ASSAILED--HIS TRUE VINDICATION--CONTROVERSIES AND CRITICISMS--HOW HE WAS RECEIVED IN BOSTON--HIS EFFORTS TO CARRY THE "COMPROMISE MEASURES"--DEATH OF PRESIDENT TAYLOR--MR. WEBSTER BECOMES SECRETARY OF STATE UNDER PRESIDENT FILLMORE--PASSAGE OF THE "COMPROMISE MEASURES"--STATE OF PUBLIC OPINION IN THE NORTH, AND EXERTIONS TO CORRECT IT--THE LOPEZ EXPEDITION TO CUBA--DUTIES OF NEUTRALITY.

THE public events which had occurred during the period commencing with the acquisition of Texas, and ending with the close of the Mexican War, account for the fact that the year 1850 was to witness a great sectional conflict on the subject of slavery, which was not unlikely to rend the Union asunder. Viewed in the relation in which the Constitution regarded the so-called "institution" of slavery, there was nothing connected with it which ought to have produced any serious hazard to the peace and harmony of the country; for, so long as the spirit and intent of the Constitution should

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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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