November 5, 1880
Cleveland, Ohio

"The very complimentary remarks we have just listened to contain some things which are rather extravagant, but which I have occasionally heard and which I cannot reply to with more than the simple expression of my gratitude that my friends feel moved, so to speak. It has been my firm purpose to do that which appeared to me for the good of the whole country and that of each and all of its inhabitants. I have believed the principles of the republican party were so just generally wholesome that whatever was done for the true welfare of the country would tend to the establishment of those principles in public estimation. I have acted in strict accordance with my belief, heretofore expressed, that that which best serves our country serves best our party. I rejoice that at the close of my term of office, or so near that close that my successor has been elected, my friends are able to feel that in strictly doing that which seemed for the best interest of the whole country, I have, to some extent, promoted the success of the Republican party. I am glad to be able to feel the principle is established that the man who thinks what is best and will at the same time do what is best for all people will also be doing that which is best for the republican party."