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

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CHAPTER XXVI.
DEATH OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS.

WASHINGTON SOCIETY--AN OLD WHIG SUPPER--DEATH OF JOHN
QUINCY ADAMS--ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN THE HOUSE--JEFFERSON
DAVIS A REPRESENTATIVE-THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION--LEWIS
CASS, OF MICHIGAN--THE WHIG CONVENTION--DANIEL WEBSTER
AND HENRY CLAY--NOMINATION OR GENERAL TAYLOR--LETTER
OF ACCEPTANCE--THE FREE-SOIL MOVEMENT--INCEPTION OF THE
GREAT CONSPIRACY.

THE metropolis was not very gay during the latter portion of Mr. Polk's Administration. There were the usual receptions at the White House, and at several of the foreign legations the allowance of "table money" was judiciously expended, but there were not many large evening parties or balls. One notable social event was the marriage of Colonel Benton's daughter Sarah to Mr. Jacob, of Louisville. The bridegroom's family was related to the Taylors and the Clays, so Henry Clay, who had been re-elected to the Senate, was present, and escorted the bride to the supper-table. There was a large attendance of Congressmen, diplomats, and officials, but the absence of officers of the army and navy, generally so prominent at a Washington entertainment, was noticeable. They were in Mexico.

Another interesting entertainment was given by Colonel Seaton, at his mansion on E Street, to the Whig members of Congress and the journalists. The

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