PRESIDENTIAL SOUTHERN TOUR, ADDRESS TO THE CITIZENS OF INDIANA
September 18, 1877
MR. MAYOR AND FELLOW CITIZENS OF INDIANA—In the very few short, off-handed addresses which I have been required to make since I left Washington, I have endeavored always to give utterance simply to two ideas—to give encouragement to two sentiments. I have supposed it was true, as the Mayor has said, that men of all classes, of all political opinions, would be satisfied with the General Government, whose course generally throughout shall favor these sentiments: First—That the general government shall alike equally regard the welfare and happiness of all sections of the country. Secondly—That the General Government shall, by its influence, by its example and its power, regard alike the equality of all men of all races. If so, I believe that all sections, all races, may come together again in the fraternal harmony of the days of Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, and Adams. I thank you for this reception.