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Webster, Daniel (1782-1852) to James William Paige

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01946.14 Author/Creator: Webster, Daniel (1782-1852) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 December 1831 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Serving as Massachusetts Senator, Webster informs his brother-in-law that he will be travelling to Baltimore and Annapolis to assist in settling a legal dispute between the Maryland Rail Road and Canal. Asks if "Mrs. Webster and the girls ... talk and laugh as usual, or [if] the cold weather sealed their lips." Reports that he enjoys the company of Paige's business partner Nathan Appleton, elected in 1830 as Massachusetts Representative, and adds that he anticipates debates about the Tarriff Bill to ensue.

People: Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852.
Paige, James William, fl. 1831.
Webster, Caroline LeRoy, 1797-1882.
Appleton, Nathan, 1779-1861.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Politics, Law, Canals, Railroad, Travel, Children and Family, Congress, Taxes or Taxation, Finance, Economics, Commerce, Merchants and Trade, Government and Civics, Nullification, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: Age of Jackson