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Clay, Henry (1777-1852) to Adam Beatty

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02018 Author/Creator: Clay, Henry (1777-1852) Place Written: Ashland, Kentucky Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 5 December 1847 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses whether or not he will run for president again, remarking that he has "not made up my mind whether I would accept or decline a nomination." Also comments on his recent speech in Lexington, Kentucky, in which he presented some unspecified resolutions, and expresses appreciation for the support he received. Address leaf is in Clay's hand.

People: Clay, Henry, 1777-1852.
Beatty, Adam, 1777-1858.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Politics, Government and Civics, Election, President

Sub Era: Age of Jackson