OPENING DAY OF THE NATIONAL FAIR
October 27, 1879
Gentlemen and ladies and directors, - A few weeks ago, the first week of September, many of us were assembled here to see the first work done in the interest of the fair. When we have the happiness to see the result of the few weeks’ inaugurative work, all interested in Washington and who desire to see it worthy of its name and people; all who desire to see it made so attractive as to attract capital and prosperity, must rejoice at and praise the energy exhibited by the directors of this exhibition. They have done their work well, and prompted, without wasting time or words. In this pattern I intend to follow their example.