Henry Clay letters to Robert Wickliffe

Abstract

The Henry Clay letters to Robert Wickliffe (dated 1803-1844, undated; 0.35 cubic feet; 1 box) primarily consist of letters written to Robert Wickliffe of Lexington by legislator Henry Clay.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Henry Clay letters to Robert Wickliffe
Date
1803-1844, undated (inclusive)
Extent
0.35 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Lawyers -- Correspondence.
Lexington (Ky.) -- History
United States -- History -- War of 1812
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
87m7: [identification of item], Henry Clay letters to Robert Wickliffe, 1803-1844, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Congressman, politician, and senator Henry Clay was born on April 12, 1777, in Ashland, Virginia, to John Clay (1754-1781) and Elizabeth Hudson (1750-1829). He studied law in Richmond, Va. and finished his studies in 1797. He was a member (1803-1806) and Speaker (1807-1810) of the Kentucky Legislature and represented Kentucky as a United States Senator (1806-1807, 1810-1811, 1831-1842, and 1849-1852) and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1811-1814, 1815-1821, and 1823-1824). During all but one of his years of service in the House of Representatives, he served as Speaker. Additionally, Clay served as John Quincy Adams' Secretary of State (1825-1829) and ran unsuccessfully for President in 1824, 1832, and 1844. His efforts in the Legislature to avoid dissolution of the Union over the slavery issue included the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850. He married Lucretia Hart (1781-1864) in 1799; they had 11 children. Clay died on June 29, 1852 in Washington, D.C. and was buried in Lexington, Kentucky.
Scope and Content
The Henry Clay letters to Robert Wickliffe (dated 1803-1844, undated; 0.35 cubic feet; 1 box) primarily consist of letters written to Robert Wickliffe of Lexington by legislator Henry Clay. Starting in 1810, much of the correspondence discusses current political events, including the War of 1812. Additionally, the correspondence discusses business and family. The collection also includes several documents unrelated to Wickliffe, which may have been included with letters as enclosures.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

1810

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1810 January 15

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Letter requesting Wickliffe expedite some legal business.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1810 April 6

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Letter regarding the "American Madame Bonaparte", Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, and her son.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1810 April 14

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1810 April 21

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Letter concerning vacant lands in Orleans.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1810 December 21

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Letter about the possession of Florida.

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1811

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1811 January 3

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Letter regarding a legal matter of Henry Clay's, going through the courts.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1811 January 8

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Letter regarding legal matters, Florida, judicial appoinments, and the taking of an enslaved person to New Orleans.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1811 January 23

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Letter regarding the sharing of Clay's Lexington office with Wickliffe and on the Regency in England.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1811 January 26

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Letter regarding the Bank Charter; Lexington business, including buying up Coleman's debts; and a caning incident in the House of Representatives.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1811 February 9

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Letter concerning relations with France; the admission of Orleans into the Union; and Lexington legal affairs which name Mark Harden, Alex Stephenson, and Branham of Frankfort.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1811 February 16

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Letter regarding the renewal of the Bank Charter and French sequestration of American vessels.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1811 February 23

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Letter regarding the Bank Charter, the marriage of Howard and the Lexington case of Baker and Corneggs vs Chambers.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1811 March 2

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Letter regarding John Q. Adams' appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court, and Joel Barlow as minister to France.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1811 November 7

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Letter announcing that Clay has been made Speaker of the House.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1811 November 18

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Letter concerning preparations for war (War of 1812).

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1811 December 11

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Letter concerning vote for war (War of 1812) in Washington and instructions for Major Morrison's bonds in Lexington.

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1812

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 January 31

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter offering solicitude on losses by fire in Lexington, including Tabbitt's (sp?) business; also mentions the many solicitations he has received for army commissions and the necessity of taxing for war (War of 1812).

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 June 21

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter concerning the declaration of war by Congress (War of 1812).

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 February 19

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter concerning Major Morrison's business.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 April 5

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter concerning Clay's financial interests in Lexington and on the embargo as a precursor to war; also encourages Wickliffe to enter the Legislature.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 April 19

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter concerning delays in the Congress and the Swann cause in Lexington

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 April 26

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter rescheduling Kentucky court business and concerning the death of the Vice President.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 May 14

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter concerning Kentucky business, which includes the cases of: General Swann; Beard and Owen against Morrow; and H. Purviance's heirs in Insole's suit.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 May 17

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter concerning McDowell's suit, Heydel's business, Hazzlehurst (sic) and Winchester, in Kentucky; on decisions on war and taxes, and a caucus in Washington.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 May 24

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter regarding no arrangements to be made with France in the war (War of 1812); and the Republican party's harmonious caucus.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 June 6

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter regarding the declaration of the Prince Regent in England as advancing the US cause; and refers to a secret session of Congress.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 June 11

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter alluding to the high volunteer turn out in Kentucky.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 June 28

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter alluding to sea fights, Pope's desertion, and laments the lack of unity in Congress on the war (War of 1812).

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 July 12

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter concerning the adjournment of Congress.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 December 3

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter concerning Kentucky business with Russell and to Hanna; on the war, the sinking of the Royal George and Victory on Lake Ontario; refers also to the "dreadful battle at Moskowa between the Russians and the French".

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 December 6

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter concerning ministerial changes.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 December 17

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter concerning a note given to Henry Clay by Mr. H.H. Hinkman of Boston.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1812 December 27

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letter concerning the army's failure under General Smythe to pass into Canada; and an enquiry as to Bolton Jackson's (Lexington) business.

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1813

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1813 February 7

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1813 February 18

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1813 March 7

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1813 May 1

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1813 May 2

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1813 June 6

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1813 June 10

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1813 June 20

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1813 June 27

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1813 July 18

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1813 October 9

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1813 December 12

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1813 December 30

  • Box 1, folder 4
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1816

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1816 January 13

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1816 February 23

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1816 May 1

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1816 March 4

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1816 March 7

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1816 April 14

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe and a circular requesting geographical information for a Gazetteer, 1816 April 25-28

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1816 December 18

  • Box 1, folder 5
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1817

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1817 January 2

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1817 January 7

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1817 February 17

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1817 October 7

  • Box 1, folder 6
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1818

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1818 January 23

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1818 February 13

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1818 March 12

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1818 October 25

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1818 December 30

  • Box 1, folder 7
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1819

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1819 February 6

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1819 February 11

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1819 February 17

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1819 March 4

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1819 December 10

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1819 December 14

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1819 December 24

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1819 December 29

  • Box 1, folder 8
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1820

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1820 January 17

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1820 February 22

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1820 March 18

  • Box 1, folder 9
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1821

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1821 January 21

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1821 February 17

  • Box 1, folder 10
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1822-1823

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1822 October 10

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1823 October 16

  • Box 1, folder 11
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1825

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1825 February 25

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1825 April 3

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1825 September 10

  • Box 1, folder 12
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1826

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1826 January 26

  • Box 1, folder 13
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1826 September 1

  • Box 1, folder 13
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1827

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1827 January 16

  • Box 1, folder 14
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1827 January 21

  • Box 1, folder 14
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1828

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1828 January 8

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Henry Clay letter to Robet Wickliffe, 1828 February 22

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Henry Clay letter to Robet Wickliffe, 1828 March 17

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Henry Clay letter to Robet Wickliffe, 1828 April 7

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Henry Clay letter to Robet Wickliffe, 1828 April 19

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Henry Clay letter to Robet Wickliffe and a copy of the bond for land in Clark and Fayette Counties to Henry Clay and Robert Wickliffe, 1821 June 20, 1828 May 16

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Henry Clay letter to Robet Wickliffe, 1828 May 25

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Henry Clay letter to Robet Wickliffe, 1828 November 26

  • Box 1, folder 15
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1829

Henry Clay letter to Robet Wickliffe, 1829 March 31

  • Box 1, folder 16
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Letter expressing sympathy for a family misfortune of Wickliffe's.

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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1829 May 27

  • Box 1, folder 16
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1830

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1830 September 5

  • Box 1, folder 17
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1830 November 15

  • Box 1, folder 17
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1830 December 31

  • Box 1, folder 17
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1831

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1831 February 15

  • Box 1, folder 18
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1831 December 18

  • Box 1, folder 18
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1832

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1832 June 5

  • Box 1, folder 19
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1832 March 20

  • Box 1, folder 19
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1833

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1833 January 5

  • Box 1, folder 20
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1833 January 28

  • Box 1, folder 20
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1834 and 1836

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1834 May 25

  • Box 1, folder 21
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1836 May 19

  • Box 1, folder 21
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1837

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1837 June 20

  • Box 1, folder 22
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1837 June 24

  • Box 1, folder 22
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1837 June 27

  • Box 1, folder 22
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1837 July 1

  • Box 1, folder 22
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1838

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1838 January 18

  • Box 1, folder 23
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1838 August 31

  • Box 1, folder 23
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1838 September 4

  • Box 1, folder 23
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1840 and 1844

Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1840 November 13

  • Box 1, folder 24
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1840 November 16

  • Box 1, folder 24
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Henry Clay letter to Robert Wickliffe, 1844 June 22

  • Box 1, folder 24
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Other, 1803-1835, undated

Henry Clay letter (Paris, Kentucky) written to Robert Wickliffe, undated

  • Box 1, folder 25
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Henry Clay letter (Ashland, Lexington) written to Robert Wickliffe, undated

  • Box 1, folder 25
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Land agreement between Henry Clay and Robert Wickliffe, site of old Boonesborough Road at Richmond Road, undated

  • Box 1, folder 25
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Resolutions of the Kentucky General Assembly, undated

  • Box 1, folder 25
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John Holt letter to Joseph Fricklin, 1835 February 24

  • Box 1, folder 25
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George Work letter to Joseph Fricklin, 1835 February 24

  • Box 1, folder 25
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Receipt from Robert Wickliffe for Henry Clay, 1812 April 14

  • Box 1, folder 25
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Account in Henry Clay vs. James Morrison and Mo. Bradford, 1803 May 18-1812 March 18

  • Box 1, folder 25
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