PRESIDENTIAL MIDWESTERN TOUR - KENTUCKY DERBY

 

September 12, 1879

Lexington, KY

 

LADIES AND FELLOW-CITIZENS – I am told that the race is ready to be run, and by speaking I should only delay the enjoyment. With so good an excuse for saying nothing, I am sure you will be glad to know that I propose to let the race go on. I therefore simply make my acknowledgements to the managers of the Cincinnati Southern R.R., who have given me an opportunity of meeting you to-day and to the gentlemen of this association for their courtesy, and to say that I am gratified that the Kentucky horse is still ahead. I congratulate you that the country is again on the high road to prosperity and that Kentucky will share in it, and that the good people here will share in the benefits and blessings of the good time coming.