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Collection Reference Number GLC06575
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1837 
Title Richard Johnson to Jonathan Roberts about opinions of Henry Clay
Date 29 December 1837
Author Johnson, Richard M. (1780-1850)  
Recipient Roberts, Jonathan  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Written as Vice President under Martin Van Buren. Mentions Henry Clay and states that Roberts can discern his feelings toward Clay from their relations. But remarks that he has never broken ties with distinguished men just because of politics. Feels that "We must all act upon our own responsibility & judgment but why feel unkind to others & every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle." Comments on the state of the Union and does not believe that anything can divide the states. "We have always seen disturbing causes vanish like smoke when pushed to an extreme – the times of the alien & sedition laws & the times of the late war. Nullification etc."
Subjects Vice President  Government and Civics  Politics  Nullification  American Statesmen  Sedition  War of 1812  
People Johnson, Richard Mentor (1780-1850)  Roberts, Jonathan (1771-1854)  Clay, Henry (1777-1852)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme Government & Politics; War of 1812
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Roberts was a member of the state House and Senate, a U.S. representative from Pennsylvania 1811-14, and a U.S. senator 1814-1821.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859