James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.
By John Greenleaf Whittier (18071892)
Daniel Webster was an ardent lover of the Union and was ready to go to almost any length to preserve it. In his Seventh of March speech, 1850, he supported Clays compromise measures, to the great grief and indignation of his Northern friends. It has also been supposed that his desire to be nominated for President of the United States influenced him somewhat, but this speech cost him the adherence of the Abolition party.