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31 as well as his undeserved defeat on the Whig conference, Clay confronted painful own setbacks. Princeton had disregarded his youngest son, John Morrison. The boy had left campus with no permission and long gone on tours to long island and in other places and had all yet deserted his reports. in the meantime Clay’s subsequent youngest son, James Brown, who had deserted his reviews, had failed in a enterprise in Missouri and lower back domestic to Lexington. after which Henry and Lucretia Clay suffered one other crushing blow: Henry Clay Jr. ’s spouse, Julia, died of an incredible hemorrhage after giving beginning to their moment son, Thomas Julian Clay. In disclosing his loss, Clay’s son nervous his father via implying that he, Henry Clay Jr. , may pick out, via his personal hand, to persist with his spouse and lifeless sister Anne to the grave. ”My pricey son,” Clay wrote hurriedly to his disconsolate son. “The loss of life of your expensive spouse, my negative daughter Julia . . . crushed me with sorrow and grief. . . . I do condole and sympathize with you from the ground of my soul. yet i'm hoping you won't omit that she has left you delicate and accountable tasks to accomplish in the direction of the youngsters of your mutual love and affection. those would require your entire care. . . . in the course of the brief remnant of my existence, I too shall desire your kindness and affectionate realization. i encourage as a result, on my account, in addition to that of my expensive Grandchildren you are going to look after your self. 32 Clay then wrote to his spouse, telling her of his fears for his or her son and of his answer: “Henry writes by way of the best grief and seems beaten. terrible fellow. His lifestyles has no longer been lengthy, yet he has had his complete percentage of misfortune. i've got advised him of the tasks and duties to the candy little kids Julia has left him. i haven't failed, my pricey spouse, to consider the addition in your cares and duties which this unhappy occasion may well get together. ”33 inside a couple of weeks Clay’s own and political disappointments mixed with a sequence of wintry weather health problems to weigh down him. “I am no longer well,” he wrote to his spouse. “I am basically and unaffectedly uninterested in final right here and need to God that i used to be with you at domestic. ” He nonetheless was hoping to save lots of the Union, even though, and further, “I could be joyful to be spared many years longer till I see the rustic via its problems and recover from my very own. yet that relies on the desire and goodness of windfall. ”34 the nice and cozy Washington spring helped Clay get better his overall healthiness, and the ubiquitous, albeit getting older showman in him accredited a chain of invites to stump for the Harrison-Tyler Whig price ticket. Already contemplating the 1844 elections, he learned that in basic terms by way of exhibiting himself a devoted social gathering supporter could he win the party’s dependable help within the years forward. “Clay is actually a noble fellow,” conceded Thurlow Weed, who had engineered Clay’s defeat on the Whig conference. And William Henry Harrison wrote Clay a hot letter of “gratitude . . . for the magnanimity of your behavior in the direction of me. . . . i need to beg you to think that I shall hugely delight in any suggestion or feedback you might imagine right to offer.

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