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Guide to the Clay / Randolph Duel Correspondence
Wyles Mss 27  
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The collection contains 7 letters and notes concerning the duel between Secretary of State Henry Clay and Senator John Randolph on April 8, 1826. The correspondents are Clay, Randolph, and their seconds, Col.Edward F. Tatnall and Gen. Thomas J. Jesup. The first letter is from Clay to Randolph, dated March 31, 1826 and demanding "personal satisfaction" for "the unprovoked attack on my character." During the duel Randolph fired into the air and Clay's shot only hit Randolph's coat.
A more detailed account of the events and personalities surrounding the Henry Clay -- John Randolph duel may be found in works such as:Burstein, Andrew. America's Jubilee (2001).
.2 linear feet (1 box)
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