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….”

Beating Them With a Stick

HONEST FARMER HARRY. Written for the National Clay Minstrel.. Tune—”My Old Aunt Sally.” All country voters gather round, while your hearts I warm, sar, I’ll gib you a true song about an ole Kentucky farmer, He’s got de finest head and heart dat any man can carry, And all de songs de people sing, isContinue reading “Beating Them With a Stick”

Great Wisdom’s Son

THE BOLD KENTUCKY BOY. Tune — The Highland Minstrel Boy. Come, freemen, ere our land’s undone, All gather side by side, Around bold Clay, great wisdom’s son, Columbia’s boast and pride. To set a gallant people free, He did his soul employ, And to her rights he true will be, The bold Kentucky Boy. RememberContinue reading “Great Wisdom’s Son”

No Despots Need Apply

APPEAL TO FREEMEN. Tune. — Bruce’s Address. Freemen, whom your states adore, And your blood bought rights of yore, Rally now, and you’ll restore, Your past prosperity. Delay not boys, another hour, Up each state and town to scour, Show the glorious might and power, Of men that will be free. Up, bold Whigs withContinue reading “No Despots Need Apply”

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