Farewell, Farewell

FAREWELL SPEECH OF HENRY CLAY, TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES. In the Senate of the United States on the 31st of March, 1842, Mr. Clay resigned his seat — addressing the Senate its follows: Mr. Clay said, that before proceeding to make the motion for which he had risen, he begged leave toContinue reading “Farewell, Farewell”

The Mill Boy of the Slashes

HENRY CLAY’S BIRTH AND BOYHOOD. Henry Clay is a native of Hanover county, Va. He was born on the 12th of April, 1777, in a district of country familiarly known in the neighborhood as the “Slashes.” His father, a Baptist clergyman died during the revolutionary war, leaving a small and much embarrassed estate, and sevenContinue reading “The Mill Boy of the Slashes”

And So, My Friend, We Approach the End….

The self-made man, — “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” The first certainly was not the lot of Henry Clay, nor was greatness thrust upon him. All the distinction he has acquired was achieved — achieved by his single arm, by his own lofty aims. Such isContinue reading “And So, My Friend, We Approach the End….”

How I Brought the Good News from Aix to Ghent

TIT FOR TAT. The following anecdote of Mr. Clay, at Ghent, is worth repeating. Being on a tour through the Netherlands preparatory to the negotiation, Hon. Henry Goulbourn, one of the British commissioners, procured and sent him a file of London papers, containing accounts of the burning of Washington by the British troops, with aContinue reading “How I Brought the Good News from Aix to Ghent”

There’s Swearing, and Then There’s Swearing….

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS AND HENRY CLAY. The Charge of “Bargain and Sale,” — The Maysville, Kentucky Eagle says: — Mr. Adams, in his address in the Presbyterian church of Maysville, in responding to the declaration of Gen. Collins, “that he, (Mr. Adams,) had placed Kentucky under deep and lasting obligations to him for his nobleContinue reading “There’s Swearing, and Then There’s Swearing….”