Life of Daniel Webster - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XXII. 1835-1836. THE INDEPENDENCE OF TEXAS ACHIEVED--MR. WEBSTER'S DESIRE TO HAVE HER REMAIN A NATION BY HERSELF--EARLY SPIRIT OF THE ANTISLAVERY MOVEMENT--OPINIONS OF MR. WEBSTER ON THE WHOLE SUBJECT OF SLAVERY--TREATMENT OF THE PETITIONS FOR ITS ABOLITION IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-- "INCENDIARY PUBLICATIONS"--ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF TEXAN INDEPENDENCE--LOSS OF THE FORTIFICATION BILL AT THE PREVIOUS SESSION--MR. WEBSTER'S DEFENCE OF HIS OWN COURSE--AN UNPUBLISHED SPEECH--CUSTODY OF THE PUBLIC FUNDS--REGULATION OF THE DEPOSIT BANKS--DISTRIBUTION OF SURPLUS REVENUES--SETTLEMENT OF THE DIFFICULTY WITH FRANCE--PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 1836.

MR. WEBSTER is now to be observed in the position of a public man formally proposed as a candidate for the presidency of the United States by the State which he represented in the Senate. In what degree his public conduct was influenced or affected by this position the reader can judge. Topics were to come under discussion in Congress, in respect to which it was certainly in his power to conciliate popular sentiment in regions very far from New England; and there was no man in public life, at that day, whose words were carried farther, whose acts were more closely observed by the people of the United States, or whose sentiments were more likely to be known, when they were uttered, among both friends and opponents. In the remote Southwest, an excitement had already

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface iii
  • Contents of Volume I xiii
  • Chapter I - 1782-1797 1
  • Chapter II - 1797-1801 26
  • Chapter III - 1801-1807 47
  • Chapter IV - 1807-1813 81
  • Chapter V - 1813-1814 115
  • Chapter VII - 1815-1816 146
  • Chapter VIII - 1816-1819 157
  • Chapter IX - 1820-1822 176
  • Chapter XI - 1824-1825 222
  • Chapter XII - 1825-1826 256
  • Chapter XIII - 1826-1827 282
  • Chapter XIV - 1827-1828 289
  • Chapter XV - 1828-1829 337
  • Chapter XVI - 1829-1830 347
  • Chapter XVII - 1830-1831 386
  • Chapter XVIII - 1831-1832 411
  • Chapter XIX - 1832-1833 429
  • Chapter XX - 1833-1834 470
  • Chapter XXI - 1834-1835 501
  • Chapter XXII 521
  • Chapter XXIII - 1836-18370 540
  • Chapter XXIV - 1837-1838 571
  • Appendix 581
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