ice, after the treachery of Tyler was manifest, and when all his colleagues had resigned in disgust.
It justified him on the ground that he could best bring to a conclusion the Ashburton negotiations.
This defence of Webster was deeply offensive to the more violent whigs, and it remained a pretext of attack on the Tribune for several years.
With regard to his course in the Tyler controversy, Mr. Greeley wrote in 1845 a long explanation, of which the material passage was as follows:—In December, 1841, I visited Washington upon assurances that John Tyler and his advisers were disposed to return to the Whig party, and that I could be of service in bringing about a complete reconciliation between the Administration and the Whigs in Congress and in the country.
I never proposed to connect myself with the cause of the Administration, but upon the understanding that it should be heartily and faithfully a Whig Administration. * * Finally, I declined utterly and absolutely, to connect myse