Excerpted articles from a variety of papers defending Henry Clay's involvement in Adam's election

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Excerpted articles from a variety of papers defending Henry Clay's involvement in Adam's election - -.1' ' . . ,- in. clay, v..--:- - It is not...
-.1' ' . . ,- in. clay, v..--:- - It is not Because we think the i "course pursued1 by Mr. Clay in the Presidential election, requires defence, or apology; nor is It because Borne of the most licentious presses which disgrace the once honorable profession of the type, have assailed him with all the malevolent rancor which an infuriate zeal coutu ue. vise, that we now undertake to furnish some of those reasons by which his conduct has been governed. But it is deemed the more proper to do so, for the satisfaction of the peo ple, a great majority of whom notwithstanding their' Bectional, local, personal or political-preferences for others, have been in the habit of viewing him as the great orator, the enligli-tend statesman, and the unwavering patriot. With a view to a proper understanding of his course, nnd the reasons which can be properly urged in juatifica. tionof it, we will first give .some extracts from the opinions of others on the subject. i from the National Journal, published at Washington, January 31, 1M5. " It is matter of no surprise to us, to find that those papers which have been nil nl.ong inimical to the Secretary of State, have so soon opened their butteries of foul aspersion and me nace' against this distinguished citizen, for the part which he intends. to take, when the House T . . . ! ,)f Representatives shall be called upon to se lect a President from the candidates who will be constitutionally offered to their choice. Mr. Clay's position before the nation is such, that his course is watched with n scrutinizing, jealous, fearful eye; and it would be impossible for him to avow a preference on this great question, that would not subject him to ungenerous" suspicions, and abuse of those whose hopes of future advancement mainly depend upon his present determination. He owed it to the high standing which he has so loner and so honorably maintained among his fellow cit izens; to thai . manly and honest intrepidity of patriotism which has characterized his whole political career; not to remain silent, on a question which1 so deeply devolves the interests, the honor, and the happiness of his country. Too frank and candid for concealment, too honest for hypocrisy, Mr. Clay; when asked by friend or foe, to declare his sentiments, has not hesitated to do so, with the openness and freedom of a man of honour. His seniiments, ns avowed, have shown him lo be (he same independent, liberal, and enlightened politician, who has often electrified us with his eloquence on the great questions of national interest, aiid who has so o 'ten carried with him the voice of the people, even when the government itself was opposed to him.. That his decision on the present occasion has been independent, is manifest from the fact that the Legislature of the Slate which he represents, under an assumed authority, however, which Iocs not ol right belong to it, had instructed, or requested him, as the phrase goes, to pursue a (liferent course. It was a question in which he felt that he must act, not as a rcpresanta-tive of Kentucky only, but as a representative of the whole people ot the Republic; and that it was his duty to consult the general welfare, ather than the wishes ol a lew, and those loo. who had no constitutional right to require ol im to be governed by (he expression of their wishes. I'hat the course he has marked out -for him self is a liberal one, is equally manifest. If he had permitted himself to be influenced by self- li considerations, by sectional leelmgs, or by iocal views of policy, these would have led him to adopt the sentiments of the Kentucky legislature, and to nave declared ins prefer- ence of the Western candidate. But the most rominent feature of Mr. Clay's political life has been a noble disregard of consequences to himself. He has, in every thing, pursued the broad policy which his judgment dictated, as well in the domestic as in ('' i foieign concerns of his country, as most conducive to that coun try's welfare at lioine, and reputation abroad. What his immediate constituents might say or rio;'or what the public at large might think of bis motives, mis never tor a moment dwelt up on his view in considering a question ofnational policy. Such a man as M r. Clay, in fact, can not be regarded as belonging to any particular State, or section of country: he is the represen tative ol the union; ana the whole Union only can have a right to instru' t or advise him, on a iubjectin which the whole is interested. JUr. Clay's decision is the result of a delibe-ite, full, and enlightened view of the high re- . t 1 I ' I . .. A . . I , '. .... sponsiailitv tnat ueions io me place lie nils in the eye of the world. He is called upon to se ed a Clue! Magistrate, lor tins nation, out of three persons, to whom thcrconstitution confines us choice, unc oi tuese tnree, whatever may have been his merits and we are very far, in thus mentioning him, from wishing lo be understood us detracting from them in the smallest degree, on the contrary, we feel the most lriendly sympathy tor ins suiienngs, while we entertain the firmest conviction of his honesty, political virtue, and patriotism has suffered so severely under, the dispensations of Providence, as, at least, to renaer it aouutiui whether those who wish well to him or the country, outrlit to desire to nee him placed in a situation which requires the lull exercise ot unimpaired facul ties. If, under such circumstances, Mr. Clay iad declared nimsen in lavor in tnis candidate would he have escaped the calumnies that are now so maliciously propagated against him? His choice, then, was limited to one of two a soldier and a statesman. We are willins to allow to the former all the military merits that his warmest admirers attribute to him. Hut is ours a military government? Has it ever been necessary lor the President ol the United States to enter the held oi batUe, at the head oi his ar mies? Mr.'Clay is himself a statesman, and being a statesman, it was impossible he could hesitate a moment in his choice. But this charge of dishonorable or selfish motives in Mr.Clay,' lor preferring the only man upon whom his choice could naturally fall, is not less preposterous and absurd than it is calumnious and base. VVbat executive favour can Mr. Clay receive "thai will advance htm to txhigher station than the one which he at present fills, by the almost unanimous voice of the Representatives of the nation? None! If sW aggrandize, ment hiul entered into the motives of Mr. Clay, Mr. Adams is the last man to whom he would have bartered his honor for the hope of its ac complishment. But we shall take another op por'.unity of noticing further the slanders which have beeh S6; liberallyiheaped upon this. distinguished individual ,ns well as upon the object of his choice." From the Elktori Press. "The Presidency. Wednesday next is the day appointed for the commencement of the balloting for .resident of the. United States, in the House of Representatives;' and as the day draws near, we find the excitement increasing at Washington. What the result Will be we do not pretend to know, hat we hope the nation will be satisfied with the decision of the constituted authorities; and we cannot but view with surprise and disgust the attempts' made by gome editors to lead the people into error. An attack has been mide upon the Hon. Henry Clay by a member of Congress, through the medium of a newspaper in Wash ington city, and one in Philadelphia, both of winch are notorious tor the freedom ol their abuse. The remarks of Mr. Simpson, editor of the "Columbian Observer." published iu Phila delphia, we think resemble the ravings of a maniac more than the reflections of a reasonable mind ; indeed the whole rant in so very low and mean, that we are sorry Mr. Clay should stoop i0 notice it. Heabuses Mr. Adams and Mr. IIf .1 ..- " , T I? I iinj in inn most unquauueu manner, anu stretches his ingenuity to find language to blacken their character (in the eye of those he supposes silly enough to believe him) as completely as he has before done that of Mr. Crawford. Phus attempting to- raise his favorite at the expenseof the. character of all that may stand in his way, winding up with a threat that the Representatives of the Union dare not act ac cording to their own judgment, and calling on the people to prepare to right themselves, not doubting who will be victorious in the fight. Such vulgar and insulting language can not fail to excite the resentment of every good cit izen and supnse every reader that there are presses in the United States, so prostituted ns to admit such execrable stuff into their col umns." From the National Journal. "The following "Curd" from Mr. Clay, we may hope, will put an end, at least to the anony mous calumnies against him, which have been so ingeniously devised to destroy, it possible, the intluence which il is naturally supposed his determination, with regard to the Presidency, will have on his friends in the House of Representatives. Those who hope to deter Mr. Clay, by menace or abuse, from acting according to the dictates of a judgment, independently nnd de liberately formed, only prove their ignorance of his character, and the corruption oi their own principles. From the Richmond llliig. "Ma. Clay. This trcnllemen, with the con sciousness of innocence, and the gallantry of honor has thrown himself and his injuries before the House of Representatives.. We lay the debate to which his appeal gave rise, before our readers. We neither doubt the propriety of the decision which referred it to a select committee, or that Mr. Clay will appear before this nation brighter and greater, for this lawless attack on his reputation.1' The foregoing arc some of the remarks which we have seen in many of the ablest papers of the Union, n defence of the course pursued by Mr. Clay. No such defence would have been deemed necessary but for the vile insinuations, and foul charges, con. tnincd in others, against himself and friends. That hose charges were false, and evidently wicked in their origin, is now demonstrated to the conviction i't the most unbelieving. It has been asserted in newspapers, and repeated by babbler, of every grade that he was influenced to support Mr. Adams, by the mfnta irmnifRt tu icrnttnmr.t of thnae who . make 1 ' them, independent of any object they may have in O view, la not the station now occupied by Mr. Clay jn viewed as second only to that of Pres.dent-Is nat. the statiojof Speaker of the House of Represent., lives of the Un.ted States, viewed by almost every. . wn-poiitical man, as next in power, inflaence, and res-! pectability to that ofFresident. ' To such a man as ; ot Mr. Clay, who fills it without arival eitcr in past or present times, it id unquestionably more elevated, cummandinir and enviable station, than any other within Ihe gift of the people, the Presidency alone excepted. What motive then could be have, other than his own deliberate judgment, for prclerring Mr. Adams I what benefit could Mr. Adams bentow on him as a re .vard for his support none; he could besi tow none, for none are within his reach greater than he now enjoys, at the bauds of the Representatives of the people. If then, no motive can be shewn to influence the conduct of Mr. Clay in the course he has pursued, other than bis own deliberate judgment, and a due regard for the prosperity and happiness of his coun' try, is it not ungenerous, yea, criiel, in the extreme, for men of sense, men of political knowledge, anu high standing in our country, to lend their aid to the circulation of such charges, such unfounded calum nies. The people, however excited they may be for the present, will in the end, discover the real truth, and they will learn also, the causes which have produced this unmerited abuse It is in vain that the noisy demagogue will cry out, treason ! trea son! because he could not accomplish his purposes; the wheels of government will roll smoothly onwardi the nation will grow in prosperity and bappincSi those who have alione conspicuous in the councils ol our country, will yet continue to adorn its Halls, regardless of tlie clamors, the invectives, and the calumnious reproaches, of the disappointed, tlie disaffec ted, and the disapproving. Mr. KnEMEB. This gentlemen, it seems, notwithstanding his avowal, in the house, of his readiness to meet a committee of investigation, und of his ability to establish the truth of the charges against Mr. Clay, contained in the let ter referred to in the Speaker's appeal to the House, refuses to acknowledge the authority of the Committee to question him, or to appenr before tliem! The mcst abject apology that could be made could hardly be regarded as stronger evidence of tlid calumny of th charges, than this tacit acknowledgment of Mr. Kremer that he is unable to support them. Joiirnai. The Board of Engineers have awarded to Mr. John Bnucr., of Kentucky, the premium of one thousand dollars he having presented to the Jingmeer Department the most approved invention for the removal of the Sawyers, Plan- j ters, and Snags, in the Mississippi River. Jour. rose cd own, him, readiness ing of thus people of if, he had expulsion. indicate do, to the both self character ed and that ed an the be the on it ' (f-ommittee t . j il,n , j . a a to ol" lo to if

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