Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 65,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

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: 1

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."

People: Clay, Henry, 1777-1852.
Wharton, Thomas J., fl. 1823.

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