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Morning at home, political excitement, Mr. Clay,1
evening, Theatre, the Gamester, Cooper, Mrs. Barnes,2 full house, rival candidates.
1. Clay on 31 Jan. 1825 issued “A Card,” denying Kremer’s accusation of a corrupt
bargain and denouncing its author as “a base and infamous calumniator.” A copy of
this document, in Clay’s own handwriting, is in the Adams
Papers. A threatened duel was avoided because Kremer showed no inclination
to fight, and Clay considered his opponent “too simple-minded and eccentric to
summon to the field of personal honor” (Bemis, JQA, 2:57).
2. Mrs. Barnes and Cooper were appearing in Edward Moore’s tragedy, The Gamester (The Oxford Companion to the
Theatre, ed. Phyllis Hartnoll, London, 1951).