May 14, 1877

New York, NY



It is a very great gratification to have this opportunity to meet such an assemblage of the business men of the City of New-York.  I wish to make my acknowledgements to them for their invitation to enjoy with them their annual social meeting.  I wish to assure them that this hearty greeting is very welcome to me.  At peace with all the nations of the world, with an honest purpose on the part of our people and on the part of the Government to strive for the restoration of the ancient concord within our own limits, I believe, notwithstanding the unfortunate array of figures we have listened to, that we may confidently look for early, decided, encouraging evidences of a revival of business prosperity throughout our country.