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Henry Clay Letter

(Mss. 3452)



Biographical/Historical Note

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Size. 1 item.

Geographic location. Ashland, Kentucky.

Date. Oct. 8, 1829.

Summary. Letter written by Henry Clay to the directors of a comb manufacturing company in Clayville, Kentucky (?) expressing his appreciation for a letter and samples of ornamental combs sent to Clay and to his wife, Lucretia Hart Clay.

Source. Gift, 1980, of John Hazard Wildman, grand-nephew and namesake of John Boyington Hazard.

Citation. Henry Clay Letter, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Biographical/Historical Note

Henry Clay (Apr. 12, 1777-June 29, 1852), congressman, senator, and secretary of state, was residing at Ashland, Kentucky with his wife, Lucretia Hart Clay, at the time that he wrote this letter (1829). The comb manufacturing factory at Clayville, Kentucky (?) was directed by J. Whitaker (Josiah), Oliver Taylor, Peter G. Taylor, and Wm. Easter.

Scope and Content Note

The letter compliments the workmanship of the combs produced by the factory in Clayville and gives special mention of one intended for use by Mrs. Lucretia Hart Clay. Included are Clay's comments on the American economic system, on the enterprise and ingenuity of American citizens, and on his advocacy of domestic economic protectionism.

Index Terms

Clay, Henry, 1777-1852.

United States--Economic conditions--19th century.

United States--Manufactures--History--19th century.