April 26, 1877

Washington, D.C.


The speech [you have given] is voluminous, and the topics so numerous that I would not undertake, in unconsidered off-hand sentences, to express an opinion in regard to them.  Some of the statements of facts, perhaps, deserve a good deal of consideration. Certainly if there are twenty thousand men in this District out of employment – or that number of men to whom the Government owes money, it ought to be paid, and Congress will be very derelict in its duty if it is not done. As to the general expressions of good will toward me, I appreciate it, and return my hearty thanks for it. The rights of all citizens are equal before the law, and our courts and other departments must see that these equal rights are maintained, with such assistance as Congress, and above all, the people, can give them.