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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1 112 0 Browse Search
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d me from the first, was there with his beautiful daughter, afterward Mrs. Montgomery Blair. She was the impersonation of a feminine Die Vernon-strong, tender, and beautiful in body and mind. Mrs. Woodbury was a singularly well-preserved, handsome, and elegant woman, and a most amiable and charitable creature. To this day I remember with a thrill of pleasure her remonstrance with Mrs. Blair and myself for laughing over a note she had received from an Associate Justice's wife, who had met Webster's Spelling-book too late in life. This lady declined an invitation, and plead a severe cold as her excuse in this wise: I have consulted a doctur and must endure my disappintment, it is nobel to bare but harde to suphur. Mrs. Woodbury looked at us gravely and remarked, Do you not think that, with such difficulty about spelling, it was kind in her to try it? Mr. Bodisco was the Russian Minister at that time, and his child-wife, lately a school girl from the District, was the admiration
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1, Chapter 22: the secret service fund--charges against Webster, 1845-46. (search)
22: the secret service fund--charges against Webster, 1845-46. Mr. Davis saw that he had been aing the indictment with the suggestion that Mr. Webster had offered the Northwest Territory to Greap T. Butler King, of Georgia, in defence of Mr. Webster; Mr. Ingersoll in reiteration and reaffirmao the charges, with a view to impeaching Mr. Webster. This last committee, of course, had the pow ex-President Tyler appeared and exonerated Mr. Webster. There were two reports written: one vi Mr. Davis told him with much heat that if Mr. Webster was to be entailed upon the country for lif the manly manner in which he had defended him. Mr. and Mrs. Webster came to call upon me, and inviMrs. Webster came to call upon me, and invited me most kindly to accompany them to Marshfield. It was in 1845 that the first Exposition of g conversation upon the recent inquiry into Mr. Webster's administration of the secret service monepeople of the whole Union gloried; and that Mr. Webster had satisfied him, at the time, of its care[11 more...]
ed him like being called a Michigander; he said the name was suggestive. Mr. Webster sat to the right of Mr. Cass, and no words can describe the first impressionlhoun, always listened most attentively to any Senator who was speaking; but Mr. Webster, except when Mr. Calhoun or some other intellectual giant had the floor, hadnce of the brevity of his wit was given once, when it had been expected that Mr. Webster would be nominated for the Presidency, but Messrs. Bell and Everett were chosen for the ticket. After the nomination was made, some people went up to Mr. Webster's house to serenade him. He was irritated and disappointed, and had just compoout Hail to the chief. He did not appear for some time, and when the cries of Webster! Webster! became tumultuous, he put his head out of the window and said: My Webster! became tumultuous, he put his head out of the window and said: My friends, the sun rules the day, and mankind watches his coming and going; but where, can you tell me where, the stars go in the morning?-they are seen no more. Goo
aintain a better state of police. They will be healthier, and therefore more effective, in proportion to their numbers, for mere garrison duties. As long as you keep the highbred gentlemen for the battle, they will bear any privation, submit to every restraint, and discharge to the utmost every duty. But do you expect that those men, who have broken all the endearing ties of home in order to fight their country's battles, will sacrifice themselves to the mere duties of the sentinel? Mr. Webster, in opposing the bill, had called the war odious. This epithet was indignantly questioned by Mr. Davis. Odious for what? he asked. On account of the skill and gallantry with which it has been conducted? Or is it because of the humanity, the morality, the magnanimous clemency which have marked its execution? . . . . Where is the odium? What portion of our population is infected with it? From what cause does it arise? . . . Where, sir, are the evidences of evil brought upon us by
ashioned house on C Street, to a high tea. When we entered, besides several agreeable men, Mrs. Webster, Mrs. Gales, Commodore Stockton, Mr. and Mrs. John Davis, of Massachusetts, and Senator Greenrty of congenial women together, for the gentlemen had gone into the garden for a cosy smoke, Mr. Webster joined us in evening costume, or what was regarded then as such. He was rather inclined to ber looked deferentially up in his face and, gently interrupting him, said, Y-e-s, very moch. Mr. Webster sighed and sat down silently, and in a few minutes Mr. Davis came and took him off to the smo and we went to the drawing-room to hear her. While Miss Bremer was forging ahead at a waltz, Mr. Webster entered, and not looking to see who was playing, spoke from the middle of the room to his wif is asked to play on an occasion like this, it is time for us old people to be going home. Mrs. Webster, with a dismayed dear me! arose, and they made their adieux. Per contra, read Miss Bremer's
ngress opened on Monday, December 3, 1849. In no preceding Senate had been seen more brilliant groups of statesmen from both South and North. Among the distinguished senators then, or soon subsequently to be, famous, were Davis, Calhoun, Clay, Webster, Benton, Corwin, Cass, Fillmore, Johnson, Stephen A. Douglas, Seward, Chase, Houston, Badger, of North Carolina; Butler, of South Carolina; Hamlin, Hunter, and Mason, of Virginia; Berrien, Mangum, and Pierre Soule. It was to this Congress th50 were pending, and the excitement concerning them was at its highest, I, one day, overtook Mr. Clay, of Kentucky, and Mr. Berrien, of Georgia, in the Capitol grounds. They were in earnest conversation. It was on March 7th--the day on which Mr. Webster had delivered his great speech. Mr. Clay, addressing me in the friendly manner which he had always employed since I was a schoolboy in Lexington, asked me what I thought of the speech. I liked it better than he did. He then suggested that I
the country, he hoped, during his life. Mr. Webster's arguments convinced a portion of them thamajority who revered him. The next day Mr. Webster made his great compromise speech, and the Sd, besides, their interest was intense. Mr. Webster commenced the long-expected speech thus: un was again brought in and took his seat. Mr. Webster continued: An honorable member, whose healt He is here. (Referring to Mr. Calhoun.) Mr. Webster: I am very happy to hear he is; may he titution, to protect us under such a state. Mr. Webster: It was that Texas must be obtained for un: Another view is distinctly given. Mr. Webster: But, sir, the honorable member did avow Upon Mr. Calhoun's endeavoring to answer Mr. Webster further, he found himself falling and sat down; then Mr. Webster, with a truly grand gesture, stretched out both his arms to Mr. Calhoun with faltering voice, delivered an eloquent one. Mr. Webster was much pleased, and came up to congratula[2 more...]
Mr. Edward Everett, at the corner of F and Fourteenth Streets, much nearer to the War Department, not larger, but more commodious. The President had brought with him from Concord the son of a widowed friend, to be his private secretary. Sidney Webster was a young man of pleasant, decorous manners, and a nice sense of propriety and honor. He made himself acceptable to the President's Cabinet, and to visitors very generally. The position is a difficult one to fill, and the temptation is very great to a young man to arrogate to himself the importance due alone to his office. Mr. Webster was the most impersonal private secretary of all I have known in that position. It is doubtful whether he knew how to make political combinations, or ever tried to effect any, but he was all the more successful for the lack of such effort. He rendered every needful courtesy, performed punctiliously every duty, and for the rest was a great favorite in society, and enjoyed his leisure hours excee
hing, Edward Everett, Colonel Charles Green, of The Post, Professor Pearce, Sidney Webster, and hundreds of others expressed their sympathy in the kindest manner. That cheers.) Here, Adams aroused his countrymen in the war of independence, and Webster (cheers) invoked them almost with the dying breath of his body, invoked them wo carry away with me, that the Democracy, in the language of your own glorious Webster, still lives; lives, not as his great spirit did when it hung 'twixt life and h discussion as is commemorated in this picture of your own great and glorious Webster, when he specially addressed our best, most tried, and greatest man, the pure other in the relation of personal affection and esteem, and never did I see Mr. Webster so agitated, never did I hear his voice falter, as when he delivered the eul I will only say, on this occasion, that very early in my congressional life Mr. Webster was arraigned for an offence which affected him most deeply. He was no acco
ederick S. Washburn of the lowa 9th infantry, died at his home Waterloo on Tuesday, the 16th, Captain W. was wounded just before he left for home was promoted from Captain to rank of Brigadier General. On his arrival home he was very and died soon after. A Democratic meeting was to be held at Concord, N. H., on the instant, at which Ex-President Piece is to preside. Among the speakers announced are Damel W. Voorness, of Indiana; Amasa J. Parker, Geo. F. Comstock, Peter Caggar, Sidney Webster, of New York. Several hundred Winnslage Indians, who escaped when the Indian tribes were removed from Minnesota, are now killing and plundering the people in the western part of that State. The rebels have destroyed one hundred thousand dollars' worth of property in Gettysburg, Penn., belonging to the notorious Yankee M. C. Thad Sevens. Gen. McClellan has been decided to be the ranking officer in the U. S. Army. The famous New York Seventh regiment is afraid to fight.