Henry Clay Contemplates Running for President for the Fifth Time!
1p of a bifolium, measuring 7.875" x 9.875", Ashland, dated October 14, 1847. Boldly signed "H. Clay" and addressed to Nicholas Dean Esq. Clay writes to discuss his plans to run for president, yet again, in part:
"As to the political prospects, in regard to myself, which excite in your friendly bosom such a lively interest, I look upon them with all the calmness and composure which become me. It is quite probable that it may never be necessary for me to decide, whether I would or would not consent to the use of my name again as a Candidate for the high office to which you refer. But should such an exigency arise, I shall meet it by a full consideration of all the circumstances, public and private, which ought to guide & determine my judgment." Accompanied by the original envelope, postmarked October 15. Letter has flattened mail folds, with separations starting at the center horizontal fold. Light edge toning. Boldly signed. Usual wear to the envelope, with edge chipping.
Clay unsuccessfully ran for president a total of three times: in 1824, 1832 and in 1844. He had also attempted to run in 1840 and 1848, but was unsuccessful in gaining his party's nomination.
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