June 8, 1887

Malone, New York


My friends:


The few words which I shall speak will not relate at all to the public career and character of Mr. [William A.] Wheeler. Speaking of him as a citizen, as a friend, as a man very little need be said in a meeting of his neighbors and old friends in audience many of whom have known him intimately from his boyhood.


My first personal acquaintance with Mr. Wheeler was after the election in 1876. Before that I had however received decided and very agreeable impressions in regard to him. Members of Congress of both political parties with whom I had concurred had given me a pretty correct notion of the leading traits of his character. [We?] all bore testimony to his sincerity, his integrity, his trustworthiness. All agreed in describing him as a man whose sense of duty was always present, active, and the controlling guide of his life and conduct. He was a man who clearly saw the path of duty, and to whom it was easy and a joy to walk in it.


After his nomination I had the good fortune to hear an intimate friend of his who had been associated with him from his earliest manhood describe with the partiality of warm friendship the character and qualities of Mr. Wheeler.


Good citizen, true warm hearted friend, generous benevolent honest man, fine and faithful believer in God hail and farewell!