NEW ENGLAND TOUR SPEECH, BLACKSTONE, MASSACHUSETTS
June 26, 1877
I thank you for this hearty welcome to Massachusetts. I have the pleasure of introducing to you a gentleman connected with the administration of the General Government, residing in Tennessee. He did not agree with you and with me in the way of voting at the last election, but at present he believes as you do, that this is a nation, a united country—Postmaster-General Key.
I now have the pleasure of presenting to you one of your own distinguished citizens, a distinguished soldier in the war for the Union—Attorney-General Devens.
I am afraid we are detaining the train too long, but I will detain it a moment longer to introduce another soldier and adopted citizen—Gen. Carl Schurz, the Secretary of the Interior.