Autograph Letter, signed (“H. Clay”), to Mr. and Mrs. [Richard] Bayard on the death of their son Charles. Henry Clay.
Autograph Letter, signed (“H. Clay”), to Mr. and Mrs. [Richard] Bayard on the death of their son Charles

Autograph Letter, signed (“H. Clay”), to Mr. and Mrs. [Richard] Bayard on the death of their son Charles.

Washington, D.C: 27 March 1850.

2 pp. pen and ink on one sheet. 1 vols. 4to. Light creases from prior folds, near fine. In double-sided frame Item #264786

Kentucky Senator Henry Clay (1777-1852) writes to former Delaware Senator and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard H. Bayard (1796-1868) and his wife Mary on the tragic death of their son Charles in the Bay of Naples. Charles, only 21 years old at his death, was struck and killed by debris from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on February 9, 1850, while serving as a Midshipman in the US Navy. He was buried in the English Cemetary at Naples. Clay writes from a position of weary acquaintance of the tragedy of losing a child, having outlived seven of his eleven children. The letter reads, in part: “I received today a letter from Mr. Bayard and one also from Mrs. Jackson communicating the melancholy event which has happened in Naples … I can fully appreciate your feelings and your distress, alas!”.

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