June 26,1877

Putnam, Connecticut


Ladies and Gentleman:


I am very glad to exchange greetings with this patriotic gathering of citizens of northeastern Connecticut. My ancestors belonged to Windham County, Conn. To Norwich, Lebanon Windham, and, possibly, Putnam, came my ancestors, the Birchards. My great-grandfather, I am told, was with that company which represented this part of Connecticut, and went to take part in the battle of Bunker Hill. But, friends, there is not time for speech-making, and I am sure that you will be glad to see those who have come with us. Allow me to introduce Attorney-General Devens.


Allow me to introduce a gentleman from east Tennessee who believes, as you do, in a united country and equal human rights, Judge Key, the post-master-general.