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The Papers of Henry Clay

The Papers of Henry Clay: Secretary of State, January 1, 1828-March 4, 1829

Robert Seager Editor
Richard E. Winslow Associate Editor
Melba Porter Hay Assistant Editor
Copyright Date: 1982
Pages: 792
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    The Papers of Henry Clay
    Book Description:

    The Papers of Henry Clayspan the crucial first half of the nineteenth century in American history. Few men in his time were so intimately concerned with the formation of national policy, and few influenced so profoundly the growth of American political institutions.

    Volume 7, the fourth and final of those dealing with Clay's role as secretary of state, carries the story of his career from January 1, 1828, to March 3, 1829. During these fourteen months, Clay and President John Quincy Adams strive unsuccessfully to solve a number of nagging diplomatic problems before leaving office. Among these are the northeast boundary controversy with Great Britain, the exclusion of American trade from the British West Indies, and the settlement of U.S. spoliation claims with France. Equally frustrating to Clay is the fact that the enormous amount of time and effort he has expended in Adams's reelection campaign has produced so little in return. To his genuine amazement and dismay, Andrew Jackson defeats Adams decisively.

    The volume ends in March 1829 with Clay facing an uncertain future. Unsure whether he wants again to practice law, he contemplates instead the prospect of managing "Ashland," his Lexington estate. At the same time, convinced that the Jackson administration can only end in disaster, Clay's thoughts turn to running again for the White House in 1832. With this possibility in mind, the nation's ninth secretary of state leaves Washington for home.

    Publication of this book was assisted by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-5671-2
    Subjects: History, Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. PREFACE
    (pp. vii-viii)
    Robert Seager II
  4. SYMBOLS & ABBREVIATIONS
    (pp. ix-xii)
  5. The Papers of HENRY CLAY
    (pp. 1-634)

    Anna’s letter of May 30, 1954, spelled out the directions to the Indiana side of the river across from Payne Hollow. “You stay with us as long as you like,” she wrote; “the longer you stay, the more fun we can have.” I was not quite eleven years old, taking my first trip away from home alone, and to Payne Hollow! On a sultry Sunday morning in mid-June, Daddy set out driving, with Mom and me, down U.S. 42 through old Kentucky river towns: Warsaw, Ethridge, Ghent, Carrollton. At Milton we crossed the river bridge to Madison, Indiana, and followed...

  6. CALENDAR OF UNPUBLISHED LETTERS
    (pp. 635-650)
  7. NAME & SUBJECT INDEX: VOLUME 7
    (pp. 651-690)
  8. SUBJECT INDEX: VOLUMES 1–6
    (pp. 691-778)