PRESIDENTIAL SOUTHERN TOUR, ADDRESS AT THE CENTRAL COLORED HIGH SCHOOL

 

September 18, 1877

Louisville, Kentucky

 

Our visit is so short that there will not be time to make many remarks.  I am sure that we feel that the circumstances of our visit to Louisville are in many respects very gratifying, and in no respect more so than in here seeing evidence that the people of Louisville have such liberal and just sentiments on the subject of education of all classes.  If I were to call up my friends you would be glad to see them, but I can tell you their speeches.  Perhaps I had better tell you an anecdote to illustrate that.

 

An old friend of mine used to say he was fond of this story.  That some one who was economical of time, did not wish to waste his precious minutes in long prayers, so he had a good prayer printed and stuck it up at the head of his bed.  On retiring he would point to it and say, “them’s my sentiments;” Evarts would say, “them’s my sentiments,” and another would say, “them’s my sentiments;” and we would all say, “Them’s my sentiments.”