The Private Correspondence of Henry Clay

A.S. Barnes & Company, 1855 - 642 pages

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Page 148 - All territory, places and possessions whatsoever taken by either party from the other during the War, or which may be taken after the signing of this Treaty excepting only the Islands hereinafter mentioned shall be restored without delay...
Page 7 - I have no design, nor have I taken any measure, to promote a dissolution of the Union, or a separation of any one or more states from the residue. I have neither published a line on this subject, nor has any one. through my agency or with my knowledge. I have no design to intermeddle with the government, or to disturb the tranquillity of the United States, or of its territories, or any part of them.
Page 8 - My views have been explained to, and approved by, several of the principal officers of government, and, I believe, are well understood by the administration, and seen by it with complacency ; they are such as every man of honor and every good citizen must approve. Considering the high station you •now fill in our national councils...
Page 570 - Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
Page 483 - If any one desires to know the leading and paramount object of my public life, the preservation of this Union will furnish him the key.
Page 314 - But the really decisive element was that 1 " The executive is playing a deep game to avoid, at this session, the responsibility of any decision on the bank question. It is not yet ascertained whether the bank, by forbearing to apply for a renewal of their charter, will or will not conform to the wishes of the president. I think they will act very unwisely if they do not apply.
Page 22 - A well organized and large army is at once liberated from any European employment, and ready, together with a superabundant naval force, to act immediately against us. How ill prepared we are to meet it in a proper manner no one knows better than yourself; but, above all, our own divisions and the hostile attitude of the eastern States give room to apprehend that a continuance of the war might prove vitally fatal to the United States.
Page 508 - ... young years, Thinks of thy fate and checks her tears. And she, the mother of thy boys. Though in her eye and faded cheek Is read the grief she will not speak, The memory of her buried Joys, And even she who gave thee birth, Will by their pilgrim-circled hearth Talk of thy doom without a sigh: For thou art freedom's now and fame's, One of the few, the immortal names, That were not born to die.
Page 101 - I am sometimes touched gently on the shoulder by a friend, for example, of General Jackson, who will thus address me, " My dear Sir, all my dependence is upon you, don't disappoint us, you know our partiality was for you next to the hero ; and how much we want a Western President.
Page 217 - Among the official corps here," wrote Clay on March 12, the day before his departure from Washington, "there is the greatest solicitude and apprehension. The members of it feel something like the inhabitants of Cairo when the plague breaks out : no one knows who is next to encounter the stroke of death, or, which with many of them is the same thing, to be dismissed from office. You have no conception of the moral tyranny which prevails here over those in employment.

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