Life of Daniel Webster - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER XXVI.
1839-1840.

NOMINATION OF GENERAL HARRISON FOR THE PRESIDENCY--ARRIVAL OF MR. WEBSTER FROM EUROPE--ADDRESS ON ENGLISH AGRICULTURE--DICUSSION IN THE SENATE ON THE SUBORDINATION OF RACES--OUTLINE OF A GENERAL BANKRUPT LAW-- DEATH OF NATHANIEL RAY THOMAS--CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE THOMAS FAMILY-THE POLITICAL CANVASS OF 1841--PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCE.

GENERAL HARRISON was nominated by the Whigs as their candidate for the presidency, at a national convention which assembled at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on the 4th of December, 1839. The news of this event met Mr. Webster the ship approached the harbor of New York, when the pilot came on board. He landed on the 29th. It would be useless to endeavor to trace all the influences which scattered the dreams of retirement that haunted him when he was embarking for his own country. He arrived in a time of great political excitement, and was again drawn into the stream. He was the Hercules on whom his party always called in their extremities, and he again listened to their call.

He proceeded immediately to Boston, to arrange his private affairs. The Legislature of Massachusetts assembled in January, and its members consisted, as usual, of a large proportion of farmers. All were desirous to hear from Mr. Webster an account of his agricultural observations in England. He met them in the evening of the 13th of January, in the hall of the

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Life of Daniel Webster - Vol. 2
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Errata. *
  • Contents of Volume Ii. iii
  • Chapter Xxv. 1838-1839. 1
  • Chapter XXVI - 1839-1840. 28
  • Chapter Xxvii. 1840-1841. 47
  • Chapter Xxviii. 1841-1842. 94
  • Chapter Xxix. 1842-1843. 130
  • Chapter Xxx. 1843-1844. 206
  • Chapter Xxxi. 1844-1845. 246
  • Chapter XXXII - 1845-1846. 252
  • Chapter Xxxiii. 1846-1847. 298
  • Chapter Xxxiv. 1847-1848. 313
  • Chapter XXXV - 1848-1849. 350
  • Chapter Xxxvi. 1849-1850. 381
  • Chapter Xxxvii. 1850-1851. 466
  • Chapter XXXVIII - 1851-1852. 566
  • Index. 706
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