ADDRESS OF THE HON. WILLIS GREEN, OF KENTUCKY, BEFORE THE ALEXANDRIA [D.C.] CLAY CLUB. [JULY 19, 1844].
[Alexandria? 1844]. 18, [2 blanks] pp. Caption title [as issued], disbound. Scattered foxing. Good+.
Green was the featured speaker at this raucous Whig gathering to support the presidential candidacy of his fellow Kentuckian. "Whenever the name of Henry Clay was uttered, one universal shout of applause rent the air."
Green rises to the occasion with a thoroughly partisan attack on 'the Locofoco party,' by which he means the Democrats and their presidential candidate, James K. Polk of Tennessee. He denounces Democrats for their "oppression" of the Alexandria Whigs and "reckless and abandoned" conduct. Polk is identified, not only with the Locofoco reformers, but with South Carolina Nullifiers and others who threaten disunion if Texas Annexation is defeated. Green contrasts Clay's accomplishments with their absence from the Polk record. "Fellow- citizens, who is James K. Polk, and what has he ever done, that entitles him to the first office in the gift of a free people?"
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