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DEAR EZEKIEL, Mr. Clay's speech is printed ; mine is in press, and both shall be sent to you in pamphlet.
I hope to get away by 12th May ? and to be at home in season to see you at Dorchester the week before the General Court meets at Concord. The ensuing summer I shall do nothing but move about and play. I shall certainly spend a fortnight with you at Boscawen, and the rest you must spend with us. August we will pass together on Cape Cod. My wife wants some one to ride about with her, while I am shooting, &c.
The tariff will not pass the Senate without great amendment.
We have struck a mortal blow on the tariff principle. If it were not for instruction and other nonsense, two thirds nearly of our House would be against it. It would be a noble thing for Mason, Haven, and yourself, to draw up resolutions that should be just and sensible on that subject, and pass them through the New Hampshire Legislature.
There is nothing new about President, except that I think Mr. Adams's prospects have grown more favorable for a few weeks.
I enclose you three letters by way of samples of my correspondence. I shall answer none of them. If you see my " old friend D. Dyer," I have no objection to your telling him that I remember him, and that I wished you to make him a present of a few dollars in my name, if he be poor as represented. I have many more letters equally interesting. My wife and children are well, and send their love to you and yours.
- Private Correspondence of Daniel Webster, Edited by Fletcher Webster, Volume I, 1857