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The Works of Daniel Webster, Volume 1   By: (1782-1852)

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THE WORKS OF DANIEL WEBSTER.

VOLUME I.

EIGHTH EDITION

BOSTON: LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY. 1854.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by GEORGE W. GORDON AND JAMES W. PAIGE, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

CAMBRIDGE: STEREOTYPED BY METCALF AND COMPANY, PRINTERS TO THE UNIVERSITY. PRINTED AT HOUGHTON AND HAYWOOD

[Illustration: Daniel Webster ]

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 yourselves, but also as a tribute of affection to his memory, and from a desire that the name of my brother,

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 OF THE FIRST VOLUME.

PAGE BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR.

CHAPTER I. xiii Former Editions of the Works of Mr. Webster, and Plan of this Edition. Parentage and Birth. First Settlements in the Interior of New Hampshire. Establishment of his Father at Salisbury. Scanty Opportunities of Early Education. First Teachers, and recent Letter to Master Tappan. Placed at Exeter Academy. Anecdotes while there. Dartmouth College. Study of the Law at Salisbury. Residence at Fryeburg in Maine, and Occupations there. Continuance of the Study of the Law at Boston, in the Office of Hon. Christopher Gore. Admission to the Bar of Suffolk, Massachusetts. Commencement of Practice at Boscawen, New Hampshire. Removal to Portsmouth. Contemporaries in the Profession. Increasing Practice.

CHAPTER II. xxxiii Entrance on Public Life. State of Parties in 1812. Election to Congress. Extra Session of 1813. Foreign Relations of the Country. Resolutions relative to the Berlin and Milan Decrees. Naval Defence. Reelected to Congress in 1814. Peace with England. Projects for a National Bank. Mr. Webster's Course on that Question. Battle of New Orleans. New Questions arising on the Return of Peace. Course of Prominent Men of Different Parties. Mr. Webster's Opinions on the Constitutionality of the Tariff Policy. The Resolution to restore Specie Payments moved by Mr. Webster. Removal to Boston.

CHAPTER III. xlviii Professional Character particularly in Reference to Constitutional Law. The Dartmouth College Case argued at Washington in 1818. Mr. Ticknor's Description of that Argument. The Case of Gibbons and Ogden in 1824. Mr. Justice Wayne's Allusion to that Case in 1847. The Case of Ogden and Saunders in 1827. The Case of the Proprietors of the Charles River Bridge. The Alabama Bank Case. The Case relative to the Boundary between Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Girard Will Case. The Case of the Constitution of Rhode Island. General Remarks on Mr. Webster's Practice in the Supreme Court of the United States. Practice in the State Courts. The Case of Goodridge, and the Case of Knapp.

CHAPTER IV. lx The Convention to revise the Constitution of Massachusetts... Continue reading book >>




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