72ND ANNUAL DINNER OF NEW YORK SOCIETY
December 22, 1877
New York City
Mr. President and Gentlemen – I trust that you will excuse me if adhering to the rule that I long since adopted as to speaking on occasions like this, I refrain from touching on the interesting topics which the occasion suggests, and which your kindness to me now suggests. I beg merely to make any acknowledgments to you for your great kindness, and to say to you that I am in the fullest and heartiest sympathy with what I believe to be the best sentiments of New England men, and to say that among the recollections I have which are the most cherished, are those most associated with the names, lives, and hopes of my New England ancestors.