Life of Daniel Webster - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XII.
1825-1826.

CORRESPONDENCE--AMENDMENT OF THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM--SPEECH ON THE CONGRESS OF PANAMA--EULOGY ON ADAMS AND JEFFERSON--REþLECTED TO CONGRESS.

MR. WEBSTER arrived in Washington, to attend the first session of the Nineteenth Congress, before the 1st of December, 1825, with a great stock of health and strength, which he had gained at Niagara and at Sandwich. Mrs. Webster and the children, Daniel, Julia, and Edward, were all with him. Before entering upon the business of the session, I quote some portions of his correspondence, extending through this winter, and I add to it a letter written by Mrs. Webster, because it will give my readers a pleasing impression of that cultivated and gentle lady, and because it is the only production of her pen among the papers before me. 1

[MRS. WEBSTER TO MRS. TICKNOR.]

" WASHINGTON, December 24, 1825.

"I am unwilling a single day should pass, my dear Mrs. Ticknor, without telling you how much I feel indebted by the kind interest you take in our welfare. It is indeed pleasant to feel assured that, though absent, we are still remembered, and I have the great happiness of telling you we are all well. We had a very good journey; having neither heroes nor heroines, no incident worth relating occurred. Julia took a severe cold in the renowned city of New York, which, added to the fatigue of the journey,

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The letters of Mrs. Webster, quoted. in a previous chapter, were printed in the first volume of Mr. Webster's correspondence.

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