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HENRY CLAY (1777-1852) American politician, the "Great Pacificator" who supported the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850 which sought to avoid a civil war on the issue of states' rights and slavery. Fine content T.L.S. 1p. 4to., Washington, June 28, 1838, to a group of gentlemen commenting on his invitation to a Philadelphia American Independence celebration. In part: "...I am greatly obliged by the invitation to unite with the Whigs of the City and County of Philadelphia, in the celebration of the approaching anniversary of American Independence, which, as a Committee in their behalf, you did me the honor to transmit...The day, the recent rejection of the Government Bank, after the most persevering exertion of the Federal Administration to pass it, against the manifest opinion of the people, and the encouraging prospect before us of better and brighter times, would have added greatly to the pleasure which I should have derived from meeting you on an occasion so agreeable, but my public duties detain me here....The rejection of the Government Bank, a triumph of the People, achieved by their love of Liberty, inherited from their ancestors, who immortalized this glorious day...". Very good condition.
Estimate $ 400-500

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