Life of Daniel Webster - Vol. 2

Life of Daniel Webster - Vol. 2

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Life of Daniel Webster - Vol. 2

Life of Daniel Webster - Vol. 2

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PROBABLE NOMINATION OF GENERAL HARRISON FOR THE PRESI
DENCY--PROPOSED SPECIAL MISSION TO GREAT BRITAIN--GERMS
OF THE TREATY OF WASHINGTON--MR. WEBSTER GOES TO ENG-
LAND IN A PRIVATE CAPACITY--RECEPTION IN LONDON--COR
RESPONDENCE WITH FRIENDS AT HOME--AGRICULTURAL DINNER
AT OXFORD--JOURNEY TO THE NORTH--MARRIAGE OF MISS
WEBSTER--MR. CARLYLE'S DESCRIPTION OF MR. WEBSTER--
LETTER OF RECOLLECTIONS, BY MR. KENYON--VISIT TO MISS
MITFORD--PARTING WITH MR. DENISON.

THE condition of the Whig party in the autumn of 1838, and the following winter, presented little apparent prospect of success in the next presidential election; for there was an almost irreconcilable difference about men among the Whigs in all parts of the country. Mr. Clay was defeated by General Jackson in 1832, and General Harrison found too strong a competitor in Mr. Van Buren in 1836. Mr. Webster had never been named as their candidate by a national convention of the Whigs; and his selection now would have been deemed both appropriate and expedient, if the tone of the Whig party had not been reduced by the circumstances of the times below the level of a statesman of his eminence, experience, and . . .

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