Life of Daniel Webster - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XI.
1824-1825.

VISIT TO MR. JEFFERSON AND MR. MADISON--DEATH OF HIS SON CHARLES--ELECTION OF MR. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS AS PRESIDENT--INTERNAL IMPROVEMENTS--CRIMES ACT OF 1825--CORRESPONDENCE WITH J. EVELYN DENISON, ESQ.--FIRST BUNKER HILL ORATION--JOURNEY TO NIAGARA.

AFTER passing the summer of 1824 in the relaxation which he had promised himself, it was arranged in the autumn that Mr. Webster should make a visit to Mr. Jefferson at Monticello, in company with Mr. Ticknor, who had been invited by Mr. Jefferson to assist him in regulating the course of studies at the University of Virginia. Mr. Ticknor has furnished me with the following account of their journey, and the incidents of their visit to Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Madison:

"Early in the autumn of 1824, I was one day dining with Mr. Webster at his own house, and talked about passing some time in Washington the next winter, as I had often done before. I told him that Mr. Jefferson had invited me to meet General Lafayette at Monticello, but that I did not think I should be able to do it. I thought, however, that, in the event of my going to Washington, I should endeavor, as Mrs. Ticknor would be with me, to take her to Mr. Jefferson's. He said he should like to be of the party. I replied that if he were in earnest, and could afford the time for it, I could easily arrange matters so that it would be agreeable for him to go. He held out his hand and said, I It is a bargain, if you say so.'

"In consequence of this conversation, I wrote to Mr. Jefferson, intimating to him that Mr. Webster might visit Virginia with us. He answered immediately, under date of November 8th: 'Whether Mr. Webster comes

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