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    Henry Clay discusses William H. Harrison, his own speeches, the Whigs, and John Tyler

    Henry Clay Autograph Letter Signed "H. Clay", two pages, 8" x 10", Ashland [Kentucky], April 22, 1841, addressed to "John C. Largent, Esq.". Known as the "Great Compromiser", Clay was Secretary of State under John Q. Adams. He later ran for the presidency, but lost to Andrew Jackson and later James K. Polk. In this letter full of comments on the politics of the day, he writes, "Prior to the receipt of your favor, I had seen in the newspapers that Morris was elected Mayor of N. York. I was glad that his majority was not greater. I am sorry to observe without being able to account for, the falling off in the Whig vote at Albany . . . You are aware that some seventeen or eighteen years ago there was a publication of my speeches. Since then I have spoken a great deal - perhaps entirely too much . . . Several friends have addressed me orally & by letter, from time to time, urging . . . a comprehensive publication . . . From all that I know and hear of Tyler, he will not disappoint us. He wants Harrison's popularity, and so far we shall suffer. His administration too is in the nature of a Regency, and Regencies' are often factious, weak . . ." Slight separation at folds, otherwise fine.

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