Description: This 1843 "circular" letter to the United States Consuls in England and Europe, is boldly signed by American statesman and orator, Daniel Webster, and introduces “the Revd. Charles C. Beatty, of Steubenville, Ohio, who leaves the United States, in a short time to make a tour of pleasure in Europe, with his family.”
Daniel Webster (1782-1852) was a representative to Congress from New Hampshire (1813-1817) and Massachusetts (1823-1827). He also served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts from 1827 to 1841. Webster gained nationwide fame in 1830 for his opposition to the principle of Nullification and in 1850 for his arguments for excluding slavery from the territories. His powerful oratory on these principles impressed a young Abraham Lincoln while he was still living in New Salem, Illinois. When Webster gave a speech in Springfield in 1837, Lincoln very likely was present. There is no record that Lincoln actually met Webster, though nevertheless, Lincoln favorably invoked the name of Daniel Webster in many of his speeches at Whig rallies, particularly in the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858, as well as in his first Inaugural Address as President. Webster remained active in politics until his death. Webster was an unsuccessful Whig candidate for the presidency in 1836, was appointed Secretary of State (1841-1843) under Harrison and Tyler, again was elected as United States Senator (1845-1850), and finally as Secretary of State in the Fillmore administration (1850-1852).
The Reverend Charles Clinton Beatty (1800-1882) was a Presbyterian minister and academic philanthropist who, along with his wife Hetty Elizabeth Beatty, founded the Steubenville Female Seminary in 1829. He also orchestrated the combination of Washington College and Jefferson College to form Washington & Jefferson College in 1865 and served as a trustee for the school until his death in 1882.
11 3/8” x 7 3/8”. Item #A00837.
Condition: Fold lines, mounting remnants on verso, small tear repaired with archival tissue at top edge, a few errant marks, otherwise in good condition with a clear, bold signature.