On Whig election prospects in New York: "The Abolitionists, I observe are increasing in your quarter. Will they adhere to Binney, or finally go for M. V. Buren, if, as I now suppose to be certain, he should be nominated?"
ALS signed “H. Clay,” one page, 8 x 10, November 25, 1843. Letter to T. Childs in Rochester, marked "Confidential," commenting on New York and the tariff prior to the key 1844 presidential election. In part: "It has been a long time since I heard directly from you, and I am desirous to know your opinion how the land lies in the Western part of N. York, after the late election. At my distance from you, it looks badly. What is the cause? I had hoped for better things, and especially was I disappointed in Munroe and Rochester. The Abolitionists, I observe are increasing in your quarter. Will they adhere to Binney, or finally go for M. V. Buren, if, as I now suppose to be certain, he should be nominated? How does it happen that, whilst the South & S. West appear to be coming round to the Tariff, the North, judging from elections, is receding form the protective policy? The South is in favor of so adjusting a Revenue Tariff as to discriminate in behalf of the manufacturing interest. I speak of the Whigs now, in that form, as much protection can be afforded as is needed or could be obtained in any other way." Addressed on the integral leaf in Clay's hand, and franked "Free, H. Clay" in the upper right corner. In fine condition.