November 8, 1876

Columbus, Ohio


MY FRIENDS --- I assure you I am obliged for this hearty demonstration, but if you will keep quiet about half a minute I will say something to you which I think it is my duty, under the circumstances, to say. While our present advices look favorable, we must remember that several of the States which have been considered doubtful have a large territory remote from railroad or telegraphic communication, and it will naturally take some time to receive definite returns from them.  I therefore take this call as an earnest (word omitted) of your loyalty to the Republican party, and your desire for its success. If later advices should change the result from what it is announced at present, I assure you I shall frequently recall this visit during the time I shall yet live among you, with pleasure. I bid you good night.