PRESIDENTIAL MIDWESTERN TOUR
September 17, 1879
Fellow-Citizens: I am informed by the programme of the Committee of Arrangements that the principal speaking of the day is to occur this afternoon. It is therefore desirable that what is said here should be very promptly said. I will therefore detain you with no extended remarks on any of the topics to which we have just listened. It is very gratifying indeed to me to be so welcomed by the neighbors and friends of David Tod. It was my fortune once to speak of him to an audience almost as large as this – an audience filled with sadness – an audience gathered of his old friends and neighbors at his funeral – and I spoke of him then, as I still think truly, as the best loved citizen of Ohio. I wish it were possible under the dispensation of Providence that David Tod to-day could behold what we now see in the valley he loved so well, and for which he did so much with native strength of intellect, with original power. Destined from the beginning to become a great and influential man, added to that a great and good heart, he will never be forgotten in the valley where he lived. My friends, as I begin I must close, with saying the speaking will occur this afternoon. I thank you for this welcome and shall detain you for a moment with the introduction of a man who is honored wherever the soldier meets who fought for the Union – General Sherman.