at may be questioned, it is that in which I followed the bent of my own opinions.
Returning home with me, after I retired to civil and political life, Mrs. Butler remained the same good adviser, educating and guiding her children during their young lives with such skill and success that neither of them ever did an act which caused me serious sorrow, or gave me the least anxiety on their behalf.
She made my home and family as happy as we could be. She took her place in society when at Washington, and maintained it with such grace, dignity, and loveliness of character that no one ever said an unkind or a disparaging word of her.
From my earliest vote I became deeply interested in politics.
By politics I do not mean such questions only as how far the Virginia resolutions of ‘98 should be the guide of the future of this country, leaving its frame of government virtually a conglomeration of States by no means indissolubly bound together, each of which should conduct for itself eve