PRESIDENTIAL WESTERN TOUR
September 7, 1880
Virginia City, Nevada
Mr. Mayor and Fellow Citizens:
My first duty on an occasion like this, and after thanking the Governor of Nevada and your Mayor for my hearty welcome to your midst, is to thank the Grand Army of the Republic who have received me so warmly and escorted me so proudly. I also wish to thank the military companies, but above all the people whom I see represented before me, for this unmistakable testimony of their consideration and regard.
There is an understanding among our party that we are not to consume the time of our journey to the Far West in compiling speeches, nor are we to compel the attention of the people in listening to them. We are, however, glad to come before you in an off-hand way, and to say enough that those who welcome us so grandly may feel that they have become somewhat acquainted with us. In coming to your proud young city, we have witnessed what no one of us can fail to remember with pleasure, something which can never be forgotten-the matchless scenery of these mountains,- and as often as we call that to mind and think of these everlasting hills which “bow not even to the majesty of Heaven”, we cannot help but remember also the energy, determination, vim, and perseverance which has set this city in your midst, has surrounded it with all the luxuries of life, and linked it with the world around by all which notes progress and civilization. I feel that I ought not to say more.
Fellow Citizens: I am glad to see you. I do not know what your condition may be as to gold, silver, or worldly wealth; but I see around me what is beyond all that – I see that you have good health, and that you are happy because of it. Money you may lose. And I presume some of you have lost some in your day but as long as you have health and this land you must prosper.