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In a scheme of policy which is devised for a nation, we should not limit our views to its operation during a single year, or even for a short term of years. We should look at its operation for a considerable time, and in war as well as in peace.

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Source Notes: Source: HENRY CLAY.The Clay Code, or Text-Book of Eloquence, a Collection of Axioms, Apothegms, Sentiments Gathered from the Public Speeches of Henry Clay, ed. G. Vandenhoff, p. 95 .Clay served in the House of Representatives 18111814, 18151821, and 18231825; he was Speaker every year except 1821. He was a senator 18061807, 18101811, 18311842, and 18491852.

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Henry Clay (April 12, 1777 in Hanover County, Virginia June 29, 1852 in Washington, D.C.) was an American statesman and orator who served in both the House of Representatives and Senate. He also made five failed bids for the presidency, but was nevertheless extremely influential in U.S. politics. He was known as the "Western Star" and the "Millboy of the Slashes". He was a dominant figure of the Second Party System from the 1820s to his death.

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