Yes, sir, from Constantinople, or from the Brazils; from Turk or christian; from black or white; from the dey of Algiers or the bey of Tunis; from the devil himself, if he wore a crown, we should receive a minister.
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Source Notes: Source: Representative HENRY CLAY, Emancipation of South America, speech in the House of Representatives, March 28, 1818.The Life and Speeches of the Honorable Henry Clay, ed. Daniel Mallory, vol. 1, p. 359 .Clay was Speaker of the House 18111814, 18151820, and 18231825.
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.