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Letter from Daniel Webster
1848, 12 March (Letter)
Extracts from a letter from Daniel Webster to his son Mr. Fletcher Webster (March 12, 1848). This letter is published in George Ticknor Curtis Life of Daniel Webster (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1870), Volume II, Ch.XXXIV, p.322.
Mr. Healy is painting a portrait from the daguerreotype; I have not seen it, but it is thought to be very good. I have been meditating upon something which I wish should be thought of. Edward was ten years old when I made the Hayne speech in the Senate. Why should not Mr. Healy make a picture of him, as of that age, from the daguerreotype, and from Miss Goodrich's little miniature, and place him at my feet? He was then no older than Daniel is now.
See Julia, and tell her what I propose about Edward's picture.
[Major Edward Webster died in the 25th January 1848.]