THE public career of Daniel Webster, as statesman and orator, is too well known to need detailed repetition in these pages. The record of it exists in the volumes of his speeches and in the work of his able and chosen biographer. The most lofty and brilliant passages of his addresses, whether within or outside of the halls of Congress, are familiar to every schoolboy throughout the land; while no historical sketch, however slight, of the political history of this country during the past half a century, could omit giving testimony, by a record of his many public acts, to his inestimable value as a statesman and an adviser in the national councils.
A few dates marking events in his public life, however, may serve to lend new interest to the informal personal recollections which follow.
Mr. Webster was first chosen a Representative to the national House of Representatives by the Portsmouth (N. H.) district, and took his seat in May, 1813, while the nation was still engaged in war with Great Britain. He was re-elected in 1815; and, at the end of his second term, retired for a while from public office, removing to Boston