ELECTION EVE SPEECH IN SPIEGEL GROVE
November 1, 1880
MY FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS: I am very glad to meet you in such large numbers tonight. It is too late now to enter upon a political discussion. The important question which has engaged the American people for the last three or four months has been presented, and it is now too late to discuss it. I may state what seems to me to be the question which will be decided tomorrow. We are interested, all of us, in the national unity, in the supremacy of the general government. We are interested, all of us, in the general prosperity which the American people now enjoy. The desire of our citizens everywhere is that this national unity shall be preserved, that this prosperity which we are now enjoying shall be continued; and the desire of good citizens must be tomorrow to achieve these results. I do not undertake, as I said in the first instance, to add to the arguments, but how stands the array? Who is it that upholds the banner of General Hancock upon the question of national unity? How do we stand? These questions tell us that only a few years ago some were opposed to this unity. Where are these armies? Who will they support for president? Those men that stood by Abraham Lincoln--where are they today? These questions I need not answer. The great body of men who undertook to tear down the fabric of the banner of national unity--they today follow the banner of Hancock. Those that stood by the banner of the union--they stand by General Garfield. How is it on national prosperity today? We can truly say that no nation of the globe enjoys such prosperity as we enjoy. No people in the world in our day or in any age enjoy greater prosperity than we enjoy. The proof is in the fact that the people of all other nations are coming here to better their condition. We can say what no other nation can say--that we are losing no citizens by emigration. There are here upon your banners one of your grounds of prosperity. We have now for twenty years pursued the policy of protection of home industries against foreign competition. There is another thing. We stand as Garfield stands, in favor of a sound financial policy, which makes one dollar good in all parts of the country. You don't have to stop to use a bank detector to see whether your money is good. Then it is a sound financial policy that is one cause of our prosperity. I would call your attention to the fact that we as a people generally are committed to the education of every child in this country. We undertake as far as we are able to furnish every child a fair start in the race of life. Now what states in this union follow General Hancock? Where are the men who are sound on the tariff question? Where are the men who are sound on the financial question? They are all throwing up their hats and shouting that Garfield will be elected tomorrow. There it is gentlemen. With what party do they train? They will go with men who think that every child in the country should be educated at the expense of the country. Tomorrow we shall cast our vote. I have traveled some little distance hurriedly to cast my vote for Garfield. A victory for good money and for education is a victory that confers its benefits upon democrats and republicans. Tomorrow we propose with all our might, with all our votes to confer incalculable blessings on our democratic neighbors.