RELATIONS WITH THE ADMINISTRATION OF GENERAL TAYLOR-- BEGINNING OF THE SECTIONAL CONFLICT IN REGARD TO THE NEW TERRITORIES--MR. WEBSTER'S VIEW OF THE COURSE PROPER TO BE PURSUED--DEBATES ON CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS --BUSINESS IN THE SUPREME COURT--DEATHS OF A GRANDCHILD AND OF MRS. THOMAS--VISIT TO VIRGINIA--RETURN TO MARSH- FIELD--EXCURSIONS.
THE election of General Taylor, as President of the United States, occurred in the month of November, 1848. What expectations Mr. Webster then formed concerning, his own relations to the incoming Administration will be seen from the following letters, written from Boston before he went to attend the second session of the Thirtieth Congress.
[TO MR. KETCHUM.]
" BOSTON, November 22, 1848.
"MY DEAR SIR: The sentiments of your letter concur, very fully in the main, with my own. My feelings are against office of any kind, at present; but I do not intend to commit myself, nor indeed to make up any opinion, on any subject, till the time comes.
"In one respect, I think a suggestion of yours not very practicable. I could have little or no influence with an Administration of which I was not a member. Sometimes members of Congress obtain an influence with the Executive, by assiduity and importunity. These are not accordant with my habits. I could volunteer no advice; and in the course of things my advice would be seldom asked, notwithstanding that I might be on