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#153 - Henry Clay Autograph Letter Signed Estimate: $800+

"I should be extremely happy if I could be instrumental in averting the calamity of war"

ALS signed “H. Clay,” one page, 7.75 x 5.75, January 10, 1836. Letter to publisher Mathew Carey, marked "Confidential," in part: "I should be extremely happy if I could be instrumental in averting the calamity of war; but, it is not to be disguised, that our affairs with France are rapidly leading to a crisis. Great faults have been committed on both sides, but I really think that, with a better spirit on ours, the matter might have been accommodated in half an hour at any time, for the last six months, without the slightest dishonor either to the Country or to the President." In fine condition.

Appleton's Encyclopedia of Biography notes that 'during the session of 1834-35 Clay successfully opposed Jackson's recommendation that the authority be conferred on him for making reprisals upon French property on account of the non-payment by the French government of an indemnity due to the United States.'

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