DANIEL WEBSTER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 43033
DANIEL WEBSTER Daniel Webster sends an autograph letter about seeing someone and writing to the father. Autograph Letter signed: "D.W.", 1 page, 4½x7¾, affixed to 5x8 page. No place, no date "5 o'clock". To "Dear C.
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Daniel Webster sends an autograph letter about seeing someone and writing to the father.
Autograph Letter signed: "D.W.", 1 page, 4½x7¾, affixed to 5x8 page. No place, no date "5 o'clock". To "Dear C." In full: "If I hear of Mr James [illegible] having been in Boston & come hither, I shall write to his father this P.M. that Mr James will [illegible] but that he must fail in the principal object of his visit." Daniel Webster (1782-1852) served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Hampshire (1813-1817) and later Massachusetts (1823-1827). Then he represented Massachusetts in the Senate (1827-1841, 1845-1850). He served as Secretary of State (1841-1843) under President William Henry Harrison, declining to join his fellow Whigs in resigning from President Tyler's Cabinet when the latter departed from Harrison's policies. Instead, Webster stayed in office long enough to negotiate the important Webster-Asburton Treaty with Britain (1842) defining the US-Canada boundary. He again resigned from the Senate to become President Fillmore's Secretary of State (1850). Although unsuccessful in pursuit of the Presidency (1836 and after), Webster earned a reputation as one of America's greatest orators. He won important cases before the Supreme Court, including McCullough vs. Maryland (1819), and made an eloquent case for national unity during the Senate Webster-Hayne debate of 1830. In Stephen Vincent Benet's famous short story, "The Devil and Daniel Webster", Webster wins a legal duel with the Devil for a farmer's soul. Left edge badly frayed, with some letters of text missing. Mounting adhesive shows through heavily from left edge, touching several words of text. Elsewhere lightly creased and soiled.
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