5.31.2008

The Papers of Henry Clay, pg. 328_335



May 31, 1808

During his lifetime, Henry Clay adopted few pen names that he used to publicly express his ideas in the newspaper. One of the names he assumed was Regulus, after Marcus Atilius Regulus, a Roman consul of the third century B.C.E. In a letter from “Regulus” to the People, Clay describes his fears for the upcoming election of Chief Magistrate for the Commonwealth of Kentucky in a time of public affairs instability. As the foreign wars with Spain and England seem to be nearby, Clay calls for unity and fairness in making a decision for the best interest of the people.
Openly confronting Burr and his supporters, who helped him plan the “Spanish Conspiracy” and defended him against the charges for treason, Clay pushes the people toward a united nation that moves independent from foreign industry and moves away from Federalist beliefs.

The Papers of Henry Clay, pg. 328_335