INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT JACKSON--DEATH OF MR. EZEKIEL WEBSTER--SECOND MARRIAGE.
THE second session of the Twentieth Congress found Mr. Webster, in December, 1828, again in the Senate and in the Supreme Court. Great uncertainty prevailed at Washington concerning the course likely to be taken by the President- elect. General Jackson remained in Tennessee, answering very few of the multitude of letters that were sent to him, urging him to make a general removal of the incumbents of the public offices. It was not known who were to form his Cabinet. Of this state of "syncope," arising from ignorance of the views of the new President, Mr. Webster writes, in January, 1828:
"My opinion is, that, when he comes, he will bring a breeze with him. Which way it will blow, I cannot tell.
"He will either go with the party, as they say in New York, or go 'the whole hog,' as it is phrased elsewhere, making all the places he can for his friends and supporters, and shaking a rod of terror at his opposers.
"Or else he will continue to keep his own counsels, make friends and advisers of whom he pleases, and be President upon his own strength.
"The first would show boldness where there is no danger, and decision where the opposite virtue of moderation would be more useful. The latter would show real nerve, and, if he have talents to maintain himself in that course, true greatness.
"My fear is stronger than my hope.