Henry Clay: Letter to the Editors of the Washington National Intelligencer on Texas Annexation

(1844)

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Henry Clay’s Letter to the Editors of the Washington National Intelligencer on Texas Annexation, composed on April 17, 1844, days after U.S. President John Tyler had signed an annexation treaty with Texas, presents the congressman and presidential candidate’s arguments against that cause. As Clay grew older, his views on American expansion were tempered by a desire to avoid conflict. The annexation of Texas threatened to reignite the controversy over the spread of slavery, which had for...