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HENRY CLAY.

It is a remarkable fact in connection with these distinguished diplomatic services of Mr. CLAY, that, at the very time he was devoting his best energies to the advancement of the honor and glory of his country, and to the cause of human liberty in other portions of the globe, he was at home the object of a malignant persecution, which has had no parallel in the history of political or party warfare. We know indeed that the charge which was urged against him, has long since, in the language of his great compeer, who has so soon followed him to the grave, "sunk into the general mass of stale and loathed calumnies;" that it is now regarded as "the very cast off slough of a polluted and shameless press;" and being "incapable of further mischief, it lies in the sewer, lifeless and despised." And while we thank God that no one would if he could, we thank Him still more, that no one could if be would, "give it dignity or decency, by attempting to elevate it, or to change it from what it is, an object of general disgust and scorn. On the contrary, the contact if he choose to touch it, is more likely to drag him down, down to the place where it lies itself." And we do not on this occasion, when all are united in rendering homage to the virtues of the mighty dead, allude to it with any design of reviving unpleasant recollections of the past, but for the sole purpose of presenting in a clearer and bolder light the unconquerable spirit of the man, who never quailed before the envenomed darts of detraction; who never bowed his majestic form, nor vailed his lofty plume to the arrogance of power.

Mr. CLAY, fellow citizens, was in the highest and broadest acceptation of the term, an American Statesman. With the sentiments of the mere local or party politician he had no sympathies in common. His views of every great measure of public policy, were always comprehensive, always national. He regarded the members of the Confederacy as constituent parts of one great whole; and be felt, therefore, that whatever contributed to promote the interests of a part, would, in its ultimate effects and consequences, redound to the benefit of the whole. That carping, narrow-minded jealousy, which feels itself called upon to resist every measure of Government apparently designed for the benefit of a particular locality, found no countenance or support from Mr. CLAY. It is the easiest of all things to be a sectional or party

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