Lot #141
Henry Clay

Clay attacks President Tyler: "His last silly veto must open all eyes, even the blind"
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Clay attacks President Tyler: "His last silly veto must open all eyes, even the blind"

ALS signed “H. Clay,” one page both sides, 8 x 10, July 10, 1842. Letter to Indiana Senator Oliver H. Smith, in part: "I am delighted to hear of the fine speeches which prevail among the Whigs in Congress, notwithstanding the perfidy of the President. His last silly veto must open all eyes, even the blind. I am also gratified to learn that they will pass a good permanent Tariff, including the repeal of the resolution in the Land bill. I sincerely hope…whether laws shall emanate from Congress, or from Mr. Tyler—our Georgia friends will rally around the Independence of the Legislature…I think Congress ought not to adjourn until it passes a Tariff, or demonstrates to the Country that it cannot pass one without a surrender of its Constitutional independence. You will be threatened with a veto. But, disregarding all such threats, I would vote for that measure which according to my own sense of duty I thought right, whatever may be the opinion of Mr. Tyler." Addressed on the integral leaf in Clay's hand. In fine condition, with scattered small stains, and seal-related paper loss to the integral address leaf.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #589 - Ended August 12, 2020

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