August 22, 1877

Tilton, New Hampshire


Friends and fellow citizens:  The five minutes that we are allowed to stop here does not allow me to make a speech to you.  Neither do you desire it.  You come to make our acquaintance.  Your presence here is evidence that although you may not agree with me in party, or in regard to policy or measure, I hope you are interested to see me so far as good intentions go and so far as I shall endeavor to do what you would have me do.  You will be charitable to mistakes, and I have no doubt we may make many.  You will, however, I hope, agree with me that in the nation, among all classes and colors, there should be peace.  If you do we shall not differ angrily or violently about the measures.  It is in that desire, and with that purpose that I hope in four years to do something for the whole country and for all its inhabitants.  I am sure you would rather hear someone else, Judge Key for instance.


I now have the pleasure of introducing to you Secretary Evarts, the man who has the reputation of being able to make the longest speech of anyone in the world.  I will show you that he can make the shortest.  I hope ------  (Interrupted by Secretary Everts)