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    Henry Clay: 1829 Anti-Jackson Speech on Silk. Andrew Jackson was elected President in 1828 partly on the basis of the charge of "Corrupt Bargain" between John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay which occurred in the election of 1824, resulting in Clay's appointment by Adams to Secretary of State. This 14" x 18" broadside printed by Richard C. Langdon of Xenia, Ohio prints the text of a speech Clay gave at a dinner party on March 7, 1829. The dinner was given ostensibly to thank Clay for his public service. It followed by three days the swearing-in of Andrew Jackson. Clay used the opportunity to issue a stinging indictment of Jackson, asserting that "he had neither the temper, the experience, nor the attainments requisite to discharge the complicated and arduous duties of Chief Magistrate." He compares him to the military dictators of South America and expresses apprehension that his elevation to office, a result of "gratitude for military service", sets a bad precedent. He also claims that Jackson's charges against him have been disproven. It is little wonder that, at the end of his life, Jackson said one of his regrets was "not shooting Henry Clay." Unlisted in "Threads", the broadside has been mounted on a board and is in excellent condition.

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