ELECTED TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES--ILLNESS AND DEATH OF MRS. WEBSTER AT NEW YORK--HER FUNERAL IN BOSTON--RETURN OF MR. WEBSTER TO WASHINGTON--VISITED BY MR. TICKNOR AND MR. PRESCOTT--SPEECH FOR THE REVOLUTIONARY OFFICERS--SPEECH ON THE TARIFF--PUBLIC DINNER IN BOSTON--THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION--PROSECUTES FOR A LIBEL--ADDRESS BEFORE THE BOSTON MECHANICS' ASSOCIATION.
THE relation of Mr. Webster to the administration of Mr. John Quincy Adams did not, as we have seen, commence as the relation of a partisan. At the time of Mr. Adams's election, by the House of Representatives, parties had not yet formed themselves into a distinct division; but the "era of good feeling," which had prevailed under Mr. Monroe, was certain to be followed by divisions among the public men of the country, that would lead to the formation of defined parties, animated by a spirit of hostility the more rancorous, because the opposition was to be made up from previously discordant elements, and fragments of former parties, for the purpose of elevating to the presidency a distinguished military chieftain, who had been one of the defeated candidates at the late election. Mr. Webster desired to postpone the evil day of such parties as long as possible. His general views respecting the principles on which the administration of the Federal Government should be conducted had never been those of the extreme