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Famous utterance of the 19th century... Daniel Webster in the Senate...



Item # 651082

March 6, 1830

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, March 6, 1830

* Daniel Webster: "...liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable!"

Daniel Webster was a leading American statesman during the nation's Antebellum Period. Webster's desire to see the Union preserved and conflict averted led him to search out compromises designed to stave off the sectionalism that threatened war between the North and South. Webster tried three times to achieve the Presidency; all three bids failed, the final one in part because of his compromises. Similarly, Webster's efforts to steer the nation away from civil war toward a definite peace ultimately proved futile. Despite this, Webster came to be esteemed for these efforts and was officially named by the Senate in 1957 as one of its five most outstanding members.
On January 26, Webster gave a reply to Hayne, in which Webster openly attacked Nullification, negatively contrasted South Carolina's response to the tariff with that of his native New England's response to the Embargo of 1807, rebutted Hayne's personal attacks against him, and famously concluded in defiance of nullification (which was later embodied in John C. Calhoun's declaration of "The Union; second to our liberty most dear!"), "Liberty and Union, now and for ever, one and inseparable!" (credit Wikipedia)
It is this famous speech--which takes over 20 pages of this 24 page issue--which is included here in its entirety, ending with the famous line: "...and in every wind under the whole heavens that other sentiment, dear to every true American heart--liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable!" (see photos for the beginning & ending of this lengthy Webster speech).
This issue is complete in 24 pages, measures about 6 1/4 by 9 3/4 inches with scattered lite foxing, otherwise in very good condition.

This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia: "Niles edited and published the Weekly Register until 1836, making it into one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States and himself into one of the most influential journalists of his day. Devoted primarily to politics, Niles' Weekly Register is considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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