was not well during this visit, and unfortunately, also, his letters, though filled with the daily record of what he did, contain almost nothing in a form to be appropriate here.
On one occasion he writes:—
As Judge Wayne says, ‘the demonstration in favor of Webster's speech1 is triumphant.’
The number of letters he receives about it is prodigious; and the flood still comes in, as if none had flowed before.
He has sent me a roll of a few hundred, with which I have been amusing myself this morning; and from their look, and from what I hear, he could have, from any part of the country, a list of names as significant of its public opinion as the list from Boston.
The great West goes for him with a rush.
In another letter he says:—
The dinner at Webster's was very agreeable, quite agreeable; though having risen at three in the morning to prepare his great case in the Supreme Court, then having argued it, and, finally, having had a little discussion in the Senate as late as five o'clock, he grew tired about nine, and showed a great infection of sleep.
But at the table he was in excellent condition.
Again he writes:—
The first half of the evening I spent with Clay, who had with him Foote and Clingman; and a curious conversation we had about slavery, I assure you. . . . .
At last, however, mentioning the arrival of Mr. Prescott
with a party of friends, he adds, ‘They will stay till Friday, so as to dine at the President
's on Thursday, for which we have invitations, but I would not stop here next week to dine with the Three Holy Kings
This visit to Washington
is mentioned in the following letter to Mr. Milman