September 13, 1878
Evanston, Illinois

Ladies and Gentlemen and fellow-citizens: I have kept silent to let our friend, the photographer, who is taking a picture, conclude his work before I began to speak. Your beautiful city is well-known by reputation to intelligent people everywhere. I am glad to see you, and regret that it will be impossible during the three minutes we stay here to make your acquaintance by shaking your hands. That seems to be the American way of making the acquaintance of public men, and I presume it is as good a way as any other. I cannot shake hands with you by retail, but will do so by wholesale, and I wish every man and woman, and every boy and girl before me to understand that I give them an honest buckeye shake.