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Guide to the Clay / Randolph Duel Correspondence
Wyles Mss 27  
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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Clay / Randolph Duel Correspondence,
    Date (inclusive): 1826
    Collection Number: Wyles Mss 27
    Creator: Clay, Henry,--1777-1852
    Extent: .2 linear feet (1 box)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Vault.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Clay / Randolph Duel Correspondence. Wyles Mss 27. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Randolph Hearst, 1961.


    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).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    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 separate letter from Emily Donelson to her son was included in the collection by the donor but does not seem to have any connection to the Clay-Randolph correspondence.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Clay, Henry,--1777-1852