Whittier wrongly shown as supporter of Clay

An Unfair Procedure

Some dozen years or more ago, John G.Whittier wrote some highly encomiastic lines on Henry Clay, as a patriot and statesman: since which, his eyes have been anointed so as to see that Mr. Clay is no friend of his country, or of mankind; and he would now sooner have his hand paralyzed, than to bestow the same praise on that bad man.  This is well known, in all parts of the country. Yet we observe that Whittier’s lines are circulating in the Clay papers, as though they had been specially prepared for the new Presidential campaign!  But why should Whittier, or any of his friends, marvel at this?   ‘All’s fair in politics!’

                                            (Liberator,  July 15, 1842, pg 3)