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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Henry Clay (1777–1852)
QUOTATION: Yes, sir, from Constantinople, or from the Brazils; from Turk or christian; from black or white; from the dey of Algiers or the bey of Tunis; from the devil himself, if he wore a crown, we should receive a minister.
ATTRIBUTION: Representative HENRY CLAY, “Emancipation of South America,” speech in the House of Representatives, March 28, 1818.—The Life and Speeches of the Honorable Henry Clay, ed. Daniel Mallory, vol. 1, p. 359 (1844).

Clay was Speaker of the House 1811–1814, 1815–1820, and 1823–1825.
SUBJECTS: Foreign policy