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Henry Clay's Slave

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Somo weeks since the Ypsilanti Sentinel Tuund fault with us for publishing the statements respecting the escape of Henry Clay's Slave, without tnking any pains to ascertain the facls. The charge was entirely unjust. We took immediate measures to satisfy ourself in reference to the facts, and we are assured from authority that we cannot doubt, that Honry Clay had a slave natned Lewis llichardson : that this Slave ran away from Clay's service, about December or January last, and that he was previously whipped by Clay's overseer. Any Whig gentleman who doubts these statements can satisfy himself by applylng to any of the friends of Henry Clay in Lexington, or to Mr. Clay himself. And we would suggest to our neighbor of the Sentmei, andotherp, that it mightbe well for ihem to ascertain the falsity of our statements before they accuse us of slander for mak ing them.Mr. Clay made statements to Mr. Men denhall about the condition of hisslaves that they were "fat and sleek :" tha they iv'öuld not leave his service : the ampie provisión made for their wants &c. Heré, on the other side, is the testimony of ohe of his slaves who ought to know on these póirtís as well as his mas ter. Our rule, on this arid in all simi lar cases, is, to hear both sides. We know nothing of the truth of the particulars of Richardson's story j but knowing the truth of the main points, we are inclined to believe the substantinl correctness of the whole.