Life of Daniel Webster - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER VII.
1815-1816.

FOURTEENTH CONGRESS-- NATIONAL BANK--SPECIE RESOLUTIONS-- TARIFF OF 1816--DEATH OF MR. WEBSTER'S MOTHER--CHALLENGED BY MR. RANDOLPH-RETIRES FROM CONGRESS--REMOVAL TO BOSTON.

IN 1831, Mr. Webster said that he had seen no such Congress for talents as the Fourteenth.1 It commenced its first session in December, 1815. Mr. Clay, after taking part in the negotiation of the treaty of Ghent, bad returned to Congress, and was again Speaker. Mr. Calhoun had also been reëlected. The celebrated John Randolph, of Roanoke, a man of genius and with more than the usual eccentricities of genius, was again in Congress. Mr. Pinkney, then the first lawyer in the United States, and enjoying by far the largest practice at the bar of the Supreme Court, was a member of this Congress until April, when he resigned his seat to accept the mission to Russia. Joseph Hopkinson and John Sergeant, of Pennsylvania; Alexander C. Hanson, of Maryland; Daniel Sheffey, of Virginia; Henry Southard, of New Jersey; William Lowndes, of South Carolina; William Gaston, of North Carolina; John McLean, of Ohio; Samuel R. Betts, of New York; John Forsyth, of Georgia; and many other able men were on the roll of a House which, even without the names of Clay, Calhoun, Randolph, Pinkney, and Webster, would have been accounted no ordinary assémbly). Mr. Calhoun and Mr. Webster, on opposite sides,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface iii
  • Contents of Volume I xiii
  • Chapter I - 1782-1797 1
  • Chapter II - 1797-1801 26
  • Chapter III - 1801-1807 47
  • Chapter IV - 1807-1813 81
  • Chapter V - 1813-1814 115
  • Chapter VII - 1815-1816 146
  • Chapter VIII - 1816-1819 157
  • Chapter IX - 1820-1822 176
  • Chapter XI - 1824-1825 222
  • Chapter XII - 1825-1826 256
  • Chapter XIII - 1826-1827 282
  • Chapter XIV - 1827-1828 289
  • Chapter XV - 1828-1829 337
  • Chapter XVI - 1829-1830 347
  • Chapter XVII - 1830-1831 386
  • Chapter XVIII - 1831-1832 411
  • Chapter XIX - 1832-1833 429
  • Chapter XX - 1833-1834 470
  • Chapter XXI - 1834-1835 501
  • Chapter XXII 521
  • Chapter XXIII - 1836-18370 540
  • Chapter XXIV - 1837-1838 571
  • Appendix 581
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