SPEECH IN RESPONSE TO SERENADE OF THE GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC

 

June 26, 1880

New Haven, Connecticut

 

COMRADES OF THE GRAND ARMY AND FELLOW-CITIZENS, this very friendly greeting you have given me to New Haven, the home of my ancestors, would under some circumstances, seem to require something in the way of a speech, but you understand how I am situated, and that I n traveling around the country I am very frequently called upon to meet similar gatherings to this one. Therefore, the necessities of the situation require me to cut speech making to the narrowest possible point. Therefore you must content yourselves without a speech and I must content myself by saying that I greatly appreciate your kindness and thank you for the reception that you have given me.