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Licking Valley Register

Covington, Kentucky

Saturday, January 18, 1845

Volume IV, Number 26.

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Prophesy! The New York Herald thus launches a prophecy for 1848:

"Mr. Polk has only succeded to the fate and destiny of Mr. Martin Van Buren, and Benton, Calhoun, Cass, Wright, and all, will materially destroy one another. So that the prospect of the ruin of the Democratic party, in consequence of its intesting fends, is brilliant in the extreme, and promises to pave the way for the election of Mr. Clay in 1848, by one of the most overwhelming majorities that ever carried a popular man to the Presidency."

Mr. Clay and the next Presidency

We are sorry to see hints or suggestions thrown out, that Mr. Clay may be run for the Presidency in 1848. They are no wise friends of his, who throw out suggestions, for they keep alive party feuds and personal hostility, and "justice" never can be done Mr. Clay, till that personal hostility is removed. Thousands believe, for they have so often read it in Loco Foco prints, that Mr. Clay has "murdered" somebody: and that he is a "blackleg," gambling Sabbath nights, they have no manner of doubt. Time, and absence from party srife alone can remove these lies from their effect on ignorant minds. For fifteen years now, they have been so constantly dinned into the ears of ignorance, that justice can only come when he is off the arena of ambition, so that ambitious men in the Loco Foco ranks, who have some magnanimity, can afford to correct the lies their co-laborers have spread. The frankness, generosity and fearlessness of Mr. Clay's life and character, have exposed him to being lied down: and his is a signal and melancholy momento of the danger of "carrying your heart in your hand," as a public man. History will do him justice. His country and his whole country will do him justice, perhaps in his own day, if his country has need emphatically of him, and he is not always kept on the stage, - for never did such men pass off without leaving a name and a fame behind for which the world at last was grateful.

The defeat of Mr. Clay by the curious coalition of Texas Nullifiers and New York Abolitionists, was a chance hit only. It has lost him nothing of reputation or of glory, and has only made him dearer in the hearts of his friends. His honor and his moral victory are just as great as if he had the disagreeable duty of distributing the spoils of victory. Such a great party, with its majorities, if they do not actually hold the reins of Government, yet hold such a check over them, that their principles, if not actually dominant, must powerfully influence the men who have control of affairs. By those principles let us stand, as Mr. Clay advises, with the disposition to judge Mr. Polk fairly, and in due time, be ready to offer our candidate for the Presidency. -- N.Y. Express

Letter from Mr. Clay.

The following letter from Mr. Clay to a committee of the citizens of New Haven, Ct., transmitting to Mr. C. the proceedings of a public meeting of the whigs of New Haven, will be perused with interest.

Ashland, 17th Dec., 1844

Gentlemen: I duly received your friendly letter transmitting the proceedings of a public meeting held in the city of New Haven, in respect to the late Presidential election. The patriotic spirit manifested in the whole of them is worthy of Connecticut, worthy of its own renowned seat of learning, and worthy of the Whig cause. For the sentiments of attachment, confideence and friendship toward myself, which they exhibit, and which you so kindly reiterate in your letter, I offer the warm acknowledgments of a grateful heart. My obligation to Connecticut, and my friendly intercourse with many of her eminent sons, during a long period of time, will be faithfully remembered while I continue to live. I share with you, in regrets, on account of the unexpected issue of the recent election. My own personal concern in it is entitled to very little consideration, although I affect no indifference in that respect. The great importance of the event arises out of the respective principles in contest between the too parties, the consequence to which it may lead, and the alleged means by which it was brought about, of which, however, I do not allow myself particularly to speak.

The policy of the country in regard to the protection of American industry, a few months ago, seemed to be rapidly acquiring a permanent and fixed character. The Southern and South-Western portions of the Union had been reproached at the North for want of Sufficient interest and sympathy in its welfare. Yielding to the joint influence of their own reflections and experience, the Slave States were fast subscribing to the justice and expediency of a tariff for revenue, with discrimination for protection. At such an auspicious moment, instead of cordially meeting the Slave States and placing the durable ground, a sufficient number of the free States to be decisive of the contest, abandoned what was believed to be their own cherised policy, and have aided, if not in its total subversion, in exposing it to imminent hazard and uncertainty. Discouragement had taken the place of confidence in the business of the country, enterprise is checked, and no one knows to what employment he can now safely direct his exertions. Instead of a constantly augmenting home market, we are in danger of experiencing its decline at a time when the foreign market is absolutely glutted with American productions, cotton, especially, which is now selling at a lower price than was ever before known. It is probably destined to fall still lower. The final and not distant result will be, especially if large importations shall be stimulated by low duties, a drain of the specie of the country, with all its train of terrible consequences, on which I have neither inclinations nor time to dwell.

If the cause of the Whigs had triumphed, the distribution of the proceeds of the sales of the public lands would have been secured, and that great national inheritance would have been preserved for the benefit of the present and future generations. I shall be most agreeably disappointed if it be not wasted in a few years by graduation and other projects of alienation, leaving no traces of permanent benefit behind.

I could not touch upon other great measures of the public policy, which it was the purpose of the Whigs to endeavor to establish, without giving to this letter an unsuitable length. They may be briefly stated to have aimed at the purity of the government, the greater prosperity of the people, and additional security to their liberties and to the Union. And, with all, the preservation of the peace, the honor and the good faith of the nation. The whigs were most anxious to avoid a foreign territory, which under the circumstances of the acquisition, could not fail to produce domestic discored, and expose the character of teh country, in the eyes of an impartial world, to severe animadversion.

But our opponents have prevailed in the late conteswt, and the Whigs are, for the present, denied the satisfaction of carrying out their measures of national policy. Believing that they are indispensable to the welfare of their country, I am unwilling to relinquish the fond hope that they may be finally established, whether I live to witness that event or not. In the meantime, those to whose hands the administration of public affairs is confided, ought to have a fair trial. Let us even indulge an anxious desire that the evils which we have apprehended may not be realized, that the peace of our country may be undisturbed, its honor remain unsullied, and its prosperity continue unimpeded.

To guard, however, against adverse results, the resolution of the Whigs of the city of New Haven steadfastly to adhere to the Whig cause and principles, is wise and patriotic.

I should be happy to visit once more New England, and especially New Haven, which has done me so much honor, by giving me, at the late election, the largest majority ever given in that city in a contested election. I shall embrace, with great pleasure, any oppolrtunity, should any ever offer to accept your obliging invitation.

I tender to you, gentlemen, my cordial thanks for your friendly wishes and kind regards for me and mine, and I hope that one and all of you may long live in health, happiness and prosperity.

I am faithfully your friend and obedient servant, H. CLAY.
Messrs. P.S. Galpin, Jas. F. Babcock, Thomas R. Trobridge.


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