Description: This 1833 free frank is signed by American statesman Henry Clay (1777-1852) while he was a United States Senator from Kentucky and around the time he lost the Presidency to Andrew Jackson. The envelope is addressed to George Tibbits Esq. (1763-1849) of Troy, New York, a former member of the House of Representatives and New York State Senator.
Clay held a number of positions during his lengthy political career, including Speaker of the House of Representatives, United States Senator from Kentucky, and Secretary of State under President John Quincy Adams. Clay was given the moniker "The Great Compromiser" for his role in the negotiation of numerous treaties and policies including: the Treaty of Ghent, the Missouri Compromise of 1820, and the Compromise of 1850. He is also remembered for his"American System", a push for increased tariffs to foster American industry and infrastructure, and his frequent political sparring with Andrew Jackson.
Signed “H. Clay” in upper right corner. Red ink stamp “FREE” below signature as well as a “Boston OCT 25 MS” red circular cancellation stamp at left corner. Measures 9 3/4” x 8” when completely unfolded (blank on verso, whatever the enclosure was, it is no longer with it) . Item #A00842.
Condition: Fold lines, toning at edges and a stain covering “York”, some paper loss at fold lines, otherwise in good condition with a clear signature.