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Despite his rule not to send his autograph, he thanks Lobdell for his compliments and since Lobdell wants to follow Franklin's profession, he hopes he will "emulate his virtues, and attain to his fame and greatness."

Clay's son James informs him that he has shipped two pair of Portuguese pigs from Lisbon in care of Grinnell Minturn & Co. Clay is anxious for their safety and suggests their route to Thomas Smith in Louisville and their care enroute.

Clay believes that the person to whom Pratt has referred in a previous letter, calling himself John Randolph, is an imposter. Clay writes that he also subscribed to the man's promised Biography of the late John Randolph of Virginia, but believes him…

States that his son Thomas's saw mill, at the mouth of the Ohio, has a quantity of walnut logs. Has heard that such planking commands high prices in New York. Requests the current prices and desired specifications for walnut planking.

Comments on a dispute between Fish and Mr. Maxwell and on Mr. Beckman, a New York state senator. "I believe that the substantial preservation and vigorous enforcement of the Fugitve slave law, involve the safety, if not the existence, of the Union "…

Recommending Col. William Henry Russell of California for an Indian agency in that State.

Congress appears to be full of embarrassment with the variety of Texas propositions, a defaulting Clerk &c. The Texas issue seems uncertain. The lower house of the Legislature at Frankfort has passed "a stringent and very good Election Law." The…

Clay hopes Mrs. LeVert will escape the yellow fever epidemic; he expresses his friendship for her and his hope of seeing her. Clay complains of the constant press of business and tells where the defense against the corrupt bargain charge levelled…

Clay has received Davis' letter stating his wish for a government appointment and wishes him success with his application. He has long known Davis' father, who has sustained the Whig cause in Alabama with great zeal and fidelity. Davis may use this…

Believes that the new regulations for Canada by Great Britain will lead to her independence. The United States would benefit from free trade with Canada. Elaborates on these views.
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