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Clay, Henry (1777-1852) to Michel Chevalier

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06042.01 Author/Creator: Clay, Henry (1777-1852) Place Written: Ashland, Kentucky Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 November 1841 Pagination: 2 p. ; 25.2 x 20.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Thanks Chevalier for his "interesting work on the High ways of the U. States," which he presented to Clay. Compliments Chevalier and de Tocqueville for their descriptions of America's character. Claims that the press in France is mischaracterizing a recent act by Congress placing duties on some previously duty-free French products. Describes the motivation as purely fiscal, not retaliatory. Hopes for continued amity between the two nations and that "instead of wasting their energies, in useless contests, direct them to such noble works of Internal improvement as, in respect to he U. States, you have so well described."

Background Information: Chevalier, a French political economist, was one of the leaders of the French Liberal School and an influential advisor to the French political establishment. In 1832, he was sent on a ...mission to the United States through his work for the Ministry of Public Works in Paris. A strong advocate for free trade, he nevertheless supported interventionist government policies to check the excesses of free enterprise.See More

People: Clay, Henry, 1777-1852
Chevalier, Michel, 1806-1879
Tocqueville, Alexis de, 1805-1859

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Merchants and TradeCommerceInfrastructureFranceJournalismGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsDiplomacyFinanceTaxes or Taxation

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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