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Collection Reference Number GLC01946.41
From Archive Folder Collection of letters written by and to Daniel Webster 
Title 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
Date 4 March 1848
Author Webster, Daniel (1782-1852)  
Recipient Webster, Daniel Fletcher  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description 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.
Subjects 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  
People 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)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme Children & Family; Health & Medicine; The Mexican War; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs; Women in American History; Law
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information 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.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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