March 20, 1877
GENTLEMEN: I am exceedingly gratified at this testimonial of your co-operation with the new work as far as it has gone. You know that a great portion of my life was spent among people of your nationality. During 24 years in Cincinnati, where the Germans are very numerous, as you well know, I was constantly associated with them, and in the capital of the State, also, the German people are well represented, and I am glad to know through you that my course is satisfactory to them. Looking in your faces it is unnecessary to compliment the German people of this land. I selected Mr. Schurz for the position he occupies because I thought him the right man, and I am especially gratified that that appointment is satisfactory to the German-American people.