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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Collection of letters written by and to Daniel Webster
|Daniel Webster to his son Daniel Fletcher Webster regarding the transfer of his other son's body from Mexico City and other family and politics matters
|4 March 1848
|Webster, Daniel (1782-1852)
|Webster, Daniel Fletcher
|Written during the 1846-1848 United States War with Mexico. Webster updates his son on arrangements to receive the body of Webster's other son, Major Edward Webster, who had died in camp near Mexico City in January. Reports that General Roger Jones wrote to a friend in New Orleans requesting that the "Remains" of Major Edward Webster continue from New Orleans to New York or Boston. Notes the Court (possibly the Supreme Court) has adjourned and that there is nothing before Congress of a pressing nature to him, except the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which he opposed. Refers disapprovingly of the actions of former United States consul in Cuba Nicholas Trist, who was sent on a secret mission to Mexico during the War and negotiated the Treaty with Mexico without the authorization of President James Polk. Reports that he received an agreeable letter from his ill daughter, Julia Fletcher Webster.
|Mexican War Military History Latin and South America Global History and Civics Death Congress Treaty Diplomacy Children and Family Health and Medical Disease Supreme Court Government and Civics Tuberculosis
|Webster, Daniel (1782-1852) Webster, Daniel Fletcher (1813-1862) Jones, Roger (1789-1852) Polk, James K. (James Knox) (1795-1849) Trist, Nicholas Philip (1800-1874) Webster, Julia (1818-1848)
|Children & Family; Health & Medicine; The Mexican War; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs; Women in American History; Law
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Webster served as a Massachusetts Senator 1827-1840 and 1845-1850. Though Trist negotiated the Treaty without Polk's prior consent, Polk agreed with the terms of the Treaty and submitted it to Congress for ratification. Congress ratified the Treaty, and the War was over by May 1848.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859