Life of Daniel Webster - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER XXXVIII.
1851-1852.

POLITICAL ISSUES AND CANDIDATES OF 1852--EXCITEMENT IN REGARD TO HUNGARIAN AFFAIRS--MR. WEBSTER'S SPEECH AT THE KOSSUTH BANQUET IN WASHINGTON--POPULAR MOVEMENTS TO EFFECT HIS NOMINATION TO THE PRESIDENCY BY THE WHIG NATIONAL CONVENTION -- DISCOURSE BEFORE THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY--ARGUMENT OF THE INDIA-RUBBER CAUSE --RELATIONS WITH ENGLAND--SPEECHES AT HARRISBURG AND ANNAPOLIS--VISIT TO MARSHFIELD, IN MAY--A SERIOUS ACCIDENT--SPEECH IN FANEUIL HALL--THE WHIG NATIONAL CONVENTION--NOMINATION OF GENERAL SCOTT--PUBLIC RECEPTION OF MR. WEBSTER IN BOSTON--FALSE STEP OF THE BRITISH MINISTRY IN RELATION TO THE FISHERIES--MR. CRAMPTON SENT FOR TO MEET MR. WEBSTER AT MARSHFIELD--WELCOME HOME BY THE NEIGHBORS--WISHES TO RESIGN--YIELDS TO THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST, AND REMAINS SECRETARY OF STATE--DESIRE OF POLITICAL FRIENDS TO MAKE HIM AN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE FOR THE PRESIDENCY--MAINTAINS ENTIRE SILENCE IN RESPECT TO THE ELECTION--RETURNS TO WASHINGTON FOR A SHORT TIME--THE AFFAIR OF THE LOBOS ISLANDS--LAST DIPLOMATIC PAPER--AT HOME ONCE MORE--DECLINING HEALTH --SUDDEN VISIT TO BOSTON -- LAST TIME IN SOCIETY--LAST GUESTS AT MARSHFIELD FOR PLEASURE--RAPID PROGRESS OF DISEASE--LAST ILLNESS--DEATH--FUNERAL.

THE approach of the first session of Congress after the adoption of the "Compromise Measures," and the nearness of the next election of a President of the United States, render the year on which we are now to enter--the last of Mr. Webster's life--one in which his relations to the country and

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