8.06.2010

The Papers of Henry Clay, pg. 481



August 6, 1810

In a letter to Caesar A. Rodney, Clay expresses his views on France and Great Britain. He refers to the confiscation of property in France as an act of infamous treachery or even open robbery. However, the only injury that France could inflict on America would be an invasion, which would precipitate war with France. Clay is more concerned with redressing the injuries from Britain, and asserts that the Federalists focus on the potential war with France while disregarding British aggressions, which is “perfectly consistent with the uniform tenor of their conduct.”

The Papers of Henry Clay, pg. 481