Perley's Reminiscences of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XX.
THE KING IS DEAD--LONG LIVE THE KING.

"LE ROI EST MORT--VIVE LE ROI"--EXTRA SESSION OF CONGRESS--
TROUBLE IN THE WHIG CAMP--EDWARD EVERETT BEFORE THE SEN-
ATE--THURLOW WEED--DISSENSIONS AMONG THE WHIGS--CABINET
TROUBLES--CONGRESSIONAL CRITICISMS--CUSHING AND ADAMS, OF
MASSACHUSETTS--WISE, OF VIRGINIA--BAGBY, OF ALABAMA.

JOHN TYLER, having found that his position as Vice-President gave him no voice in the distribution of patronage, had retired in disgust to his estate in Prince William County, Virginia, when Mr. Fletcher Webster brought him a notification, from the Secretary of State, to hasten to Washington to assume the duties of President. Mr. Webster reached Richmond on Sunday--the day following General Harrison's death--chartered a steamboat, and arrived at Mr. Tyler's residence on Monday at daybreak. Soon afterward, Mr. Tyler, accompanied by his two sons, left with Mr. Webster, and arrived at Washington early Tuesday morning.

The Cabinet had arrived at the conclusion that Mr. Tyler should be officially styled, "Vice-President of the United States, acting President," but he very promptly determined that he would enjoy all of the dignities and honors of the office which he had inherited under the Constitution. Chief Justice Taney was then absent, so Mr. Tyler summoned Chief Justice Cranch, of the Supreme Court of the District of Col-

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