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DEDICATION

OF THE FIRST VOLUME.

TO MY NIECES,

MRS. ALICE BRIDGE WHIPPLE,

AND

MRS. MARY ANN SANBORN:

Many of the Speeches contained in this volume were delivered and printed in the lifetime of your father, whose fraternal affection led him to speak of them with approbation.

His death, which happened when he had only just past the middle period of life, left you without a father, and me without a brother.

I dedicate this volume to you, not only for the love I have for your. selves, but also as a tribute of affection to his memory, and from a desire that the name of my brother,

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EZEKIEL WEBSTER,

may be associated with mine, so long as any thing written or spoken by me shall be regarded or read.

DANIEL WEBSTER.

CONTENTS

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cord among the Parties which had united for his Elevation. - Mr. Web-

ster's Relations to the Administration. — Veto of the Bank. - Rise and

Progress of Nullification in South Carolina. — The Force Bill, and the

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CHAPTER VIII.

Critical State of Foreign Affairs on the Accession of General Harrison.-

Mr. Webster appointed to the State Department. — Death of General

Harrison. — Embarrassed Relations with England. - Formation of Sir

Robert Peel's Ministry, and Appointment of Lord Ashburton as Special

Minister to the United States. — Course pursued by Mr. Webster in the

Negotiations. — The Northeastern Boundary. - Peculiar Difficulties in its

Settlement happily overcome. - Other Subjects of Negotiation. — Extra-

dition of Fugitives from Justice. - Suppression of the Slave-Trade on

the Coast of Africa. — History of that Question. — Affair of the Caroline.

– Impressment. — Other Subjects connected with the Foreign Relations of

the Government. — Intercourse with China. — Independence of the Sand-

wich Islands. – Correspondence with Mexico. — Sound Duties and the

Zoll-Verein. — Importance of Mr. Webster's Services as Secretary of

State.

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CHAPTER IX.

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Mr. Webster resigns his Place in Mr. Tyler's Cabinet. — Attempts to draw

public Attention to the projected Annexation of Texas. - Supports Mr.

Clay's Nomination for the Presidency. — Causes of the Failure of that

Nomination. - Mr. Webster returns to the Senate of the United States.

- Admission of Texas to the Union. The War with Mexico. — Mr.

Webster's Course in Reference to the War. — Death of Major Webster in

Mexico. – Mr. Webster's unfavorable Opinion of the Mexican Govern-

ment. — Settlement of the Oregon Controversy. — Mr. Webster's Agency

in effecting the Adjustment. – Revival of the Sub-Treasury System and

Repeal of the Tariff Law of 1842. — Southern Tour. — Success of the

Mexican War and Acquisition of the Mexican Provinces. - Efforts in

Congress to organize a Territorial Government for these Provinces. -

Great Exertions of Mr. Webster on the last Night of the Session.- Nomi-

nation of General Taylor, and Course of Mr. Webster in Reference to it.

-A Constitution of State Government adopted by California prohibiting

Slavery. — Increase of Antislavery Agitation. — Alarming State of Affairs.

- Mr. Webster's Speech for the Union. – Circumstances under which it

was made, and Motives by which he was influenced. - General Taylor's

Death, and the Accession of Mr. Fillmore to the Presidency. - Mr. Web-

ster called to the Department of State.

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