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Henry Clay May 29, 1822 ALS to James De Wolfe - US Supreme Court Case

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May 22, 1822 letter written by Henry Clay as an attorney to his client Mr. J. De Wolf notifying him of an an unfavorable ruling against De Wolf by the Kentucky Circuit Court in favor of the defendant Johnson..  The case concerns a forclosure by De Wolfe of a mortgage for $62.000.

Henry Clay (1777-1852) was a prominent politician and leader of the Whig party and five times an unsuccessful presidential candidate. Henry Clay played a central role on the stage of national politics for over forty years. He was secretary of state under John Quincy Adams, Speaker of the House of Representatives longer than anyone else in the nineteenth century, and the most influential member of the Senate during his tenure.  Clay was called ‘the Great Compromiser’ because he played a major role in formulating the three landmark sectional compromises of his day: the Missouri Compromise of 1820, Tariff Compromise (1833) and the Compromise of 1850.

In the letter, Clay informs De Wolf that he mey appeal the ruling to the Supreme court, which indeed he did.  The judgment by the US Supreme Court  was entered as Supreme Court Case De Wolf v. Johnson  23 U.S. 367 (1825).  Henry Clay was council for De Wolf in the Supreme Court Case vs. Daniel Webster representing the defendant Johnson. 

While the two important statesmen appeared to be headed for a prominent  legal showdown, Clay needed to drop out before the case was heard as he became Secretary of State for John Quincy Adams in 1825. Ultimately De Wolf prevailed in the case, so Clay's advise in this letter to appeal the case to the US Supreme Court proved to be sound.

In excellent condition. The differences in color seen in the images are the reflection of the photographer and do not appear on the letter. 



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