PRESIDENTIAL SOUTHERN TOUR, ADDRESS AT BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY

 

September 19, 1877

Bowling Green, Kentucky

 

MY FRIENDS:  We are traveling upon a schedule of time which prevents us from doing any more than making your acquaintance.  We are very glad indeed to exchange greetings with you.  We believe you are here to greet us, not because you approve of every measure, but because, as we hope, you agree with us in two or three leading ideas.  We believe, as we hope you believe, that the Union is perpetual.  We believe, as we hope you believe, that the Constitution as it is, is for all parties, and is to be obeyed.  We believe, as we hope you believe, that the duty of the General Government is to regard alike and equally all sections of our country.  We believe, and hope you believe, that it is the duty of all, to regard alike and equally all races and classes of all the States.  And, having said so much, I wish to withdraw to introduce to you three or four gentlemen whom you would like to hear.  I now have the pleasure of introducing to you a distinguished lawyer and statesman, William M. Evarts, of New York.

 

I have the pleasure of introducing another gentleman, who you will all be glad to see, and whom you never, probably have seen.  I now have the pleasure of introducing him to you—Governor Hampton, of South Carolina.