September 19, 1877

Elizabethtown, Kentucky


This reminds me of my home in Ohio.  I can hardly believe that you are now Fremont people, and that I am not with my old neighbors.  I know very well that all these welcomes are not for me individually, but that they are the common sentiment that you wish to express that you desire to have harmony and peace and good-will exist between all sections of the country.  Of course there may exist differences of opinion among us in politics, the same as in religion and other questions, but aside from all this there is a common sentiment of patriotism in which we are united, knowing that they meet the approval of pure hearts.


I will now introduce to you some of the gentlemen who are associated in the government with me; first, the distinguished gentleman from New York, Mr. William M. Evarts, the Secretary of State.  I regret that the time is too short to make an extended speech.  The great trouble is over, let us shake hands and go back to the old friendship of Washington and Jefferson.  These sentiments I would commend to you.