PRESIDENTIAL SOUTHERN TOUR, ADDRESS TO THE CITIZENS OF LOUSIVILLE, KENTUCKY
September 18, 1877
MY FRIENDS—What I have seen in Louisville has led me for the first time to doubt the success of the efforts that are making to pacify this country. When we arrived in Louisville, we found all Kentucky and Indiana here to welcome us, and tonight both Kentucky and Indiana are here to receive us. The excessive intercourse between the sections is even becoming burdensome. It is the best evidence we have that pacification already prevails. I can’t find words to express the great gratification your welcome has given me. The people of Kentucky and the people of Ohio have harmonized in the ideas that have formed the pacific policy of today, and that idea has its origin in the great principle that the Government should regard all people of all sections of the country alike. This forms the corner-stone of the policy that makes the country a free Nation and the Government a Government for the welfare of all its citizens.
MY FRIENDS—I now take this opportunity to speak of the magnificent entertainment which we have received at your generous hands. Be assured that none of us will ever forget the many pleasures which your noble hospitality has given us, and our earnest wish and prayer is that the Supreme Ruler may ever have you under His care and protection. Good night.