Clay, Henry (1777-1852) to Thomas I. Wharton
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00645
Author/Creator: Clay, Henry (1777-1852)
Place Written: Washington, D.C.
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 12 December 1823
Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 25 x 20 cm.
Summary of Content: Discusses his recent election to Speaker of the House, alludes to its possible effect on his presidential run in the election of 1824, and explains that his political opponents desire to form a caucus. Also notes his improving health. Remarks on foreign affairs, particularly ”the affairs of Spanish America,” which had resulted in the declaration of the Monroe Doctrine ten days earlier. Clay argues: ”Physically we can not, morally we may interfere in the affairs of Europe; and the great sheam [sic] of moral power would not be small nor unfelt.”
Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860
Keywords/Subjects: Politics;, Election;, President, Congress;, Health and Medical;, Latin and South America;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Monroe Doctrine;, Morality and Ethics;
Sub Era: The First Age of Reform
LOC Search Terms: Presidents--United States--Election--1824., United States. Congress. House Speakers, United States--Foreign relations--Spain--19th century.Order Image