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H E N R Y
CL A Y.
“ His fame is so great thronghout the world that he stands in no need of an encomium and yet his worth is much greater than his fame. It is impossible not to speak great things of liim, and yet it will be very difficult to speak what he deserves."--COLERIDGE.
“ If I desire to pass over a part in silence, whatever I omit will seem the most worthy to have been recorded."CLAUDIAN.
The most fitting monument in honor of a public man is a faithful record of his public acts. If these be worthy, and the record simple, time, which destroys all things but good deeds and lofty thoughts, will embalm them for eternity. If they be base, eulogy adds a lie to their deformities, and they must perish of their own disease. In the spirit of this truth we address ourselves to the task before us.
HENRY CLAY was born on the 12th of April, 1777, in a district of Hanover County, Virginia, which, from its physical character, and for lack of a better name, was familiarly known throughout the neighborhood as The Slashes. His father was a Baptist clergyman, of fair talent and stern integrity; but as he died in 1781, before his character and habits could have exerted any influence upon those of his son, farther reference to them would be aside from our prin
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ENTERED according to an act of Congress, in the year 1842, by
JAMES B. SWAIN,