Daniel Webster (1782 - 1852) was an American lawyer and member of the United States Senate and House of Representatives in the 1830’s and 40’s, and the letter here was hand written and signed by him in 1834. At the time, Webster had a running feud with President Andrew Jackson about a national bank for the country. Webster was for a national bank and Jackson was against it. Jackson didn’t like the idea of a national bank because the bank represented city folk and was biased towards northern states, while Jackson was from a rural area and wanted to see the country expand out west. The letter is about granting more power to a national bank and letting it issue more credit. Jackson was against the idea. On the backside of the framed piece is a Free Franked folded letter issued in 1834 that was also signed by Daniel Webster. Free franking was a privilege granted to members of Congress for their service to the country, so they didn’t have to pay for any mail they sent from from the House or Senate.
As best we can tell, the letter reads:
My Pfr [Professor], Washington, Feb 26,
I read yesterday morning your very just & excellent remarks, in the use of paper credit. I [ ] I perused this with some [ ], as well as much pleasure, because it so happens that on the preceding day, Saturday, I had in the course of [ ] of it “Experiment”, I could [ ] some utility of paper credit, in one particular, what you have so much more fully developed.
If I had read your Remarks a day earlier, I [ ] would have made a very good speech, or bad [ ] in [matter].
I have just read the Report of [ ] was [ ]. It will, it must, work wonder
[ ] Daniel Webster
The professor was Professor Hare, a friend or advisor to Daniel Webster in Philadelphia. The letter measures 8 x 9 3/4 inches high and is signed by Webster in the lower right. The folded letter on back is postmarked in orange with a Free frank cancel and is also signed by Webster along the side.
Overall Size: 14 1/2 x 12 Location S1