RESPONSE TO 14th WARD GLEE CLUB SERENADE AT JOHN W. HERRON’S RESIDENCE
December 11, 1876
My friends – I appear merely to make my acknowledgements to you for the compliment of this serenade. Certainly you will not expect me to speak upon any of the political topics which have been discussed during the campaign which has closed. Certainly you will now expect me to speak of any of the circumstances connected with the present political salvation of the country. Your music, instrumental and vocal, we are all glad to hear. So far as it is intended for me, I take it as an evidence of the good feeling you have toward one who, for almost a quarter of a century, was a citizen of Cincinnati. I retain for this city a very strong feeling of attachment. As I said to a gentleman today, I feel as if I had come back to my old home, where for more perhaps of my warm, personal friends reside than in any other place in the world. And this reception is especially gratifying.
I will not detain you further, for I think all here will hear the music with more pleasure than any remarks I may have to make now. I therefore bid you good evening.