Life of Daniel Webster - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER VIII.
1816-1819.

CONGRESS IN 1816-'17--DEATH OF LITTLE GRACE--RETIRES FROM PUBLIC LIFE--BIRTH OF HIS DAUGHTER JULIA--POSITION AT THE BOSTON BAR--SOCIAL LIFE--DARTMOUTH COLLEGE CASE-- ROBBERY OF MAJOR GOODRIDGE.

AT the time when Mr. Webster took up his residence in Boston, he had numerous engagements in the Supreme Court of the United States, and, as the full term for which he had been reflected as a member of Congress from New Hampshire had not expired, he went again to Washington, in December, 1816, accompanied by Mrs. Webster. He took some part in the proceedings of the session until the first week in January, when the illness of their daughter again brought the parents home. This child, always precocious and always delicate, was now to be taken from them. She had been declining for some time, and was at length pronounced by the physicians to be in a consumption. I borrow the words of Mrs. Lee, who was rarely absent when sorrow came near to those whom she so loved and honored: 1

"I can hardly trust myself to speak of this child, so little to be relied on are the reports of precocious children. But as I recall some of the peculiarities of this little girl, she certainly appears, at three and four

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The death of this child occurred in January, 1817. A singular fatality seemed to attend the name of Grace Webster. A daughter of Mr. Everett, to whom this name was given, a precocious child, like Mr. Webster's, died in 1836. Mr. Webster's eldest grand-daughter, the second child of his son Fletcher, also bore the name of Grace, and died in 1844, at nearly the same age with the first one of the name

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