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2 Private Correspondence, vol. II. pp. 376, 377, 386, 387, 395. ‘And if he [General Taylor] had lived, it might have been doubtful whether any general settlement would have been made.’ He wrote, two days after Taylor's death, ‘There is no doubt that recent events have increased the probability of the passage of that measure’ [the Compromise]. Curtis's ‘Life,’ vol. II. p. 464, note.
4 Contemporary writers suggest that a disposition to obstruct President Taylor had something to do with the course of Clay as well as of Webster. (J. S. Pike, in ‘Courier,’ April 10, 1850.) The judgment of history is not likely to relieve Webster of the imputation that a desire to become President was a leading cause of his change of course. Von Hoist, vol. IV. p. 140.
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