guides, such as Hamilton Fish
, his acts were wise, as in the Alabama
case, where he was as right as Sumner
was wrong, or as in his courageous veto of the inflation bill in 1874.
When he listened to thieves and impostors, as in the San Domingo
matter, his acts were mistaken and dangerous.
unchanged from his childhood innocence revealed in the horse story, he remained such a mark for thieves and impostors that he came to sit in a sort of centre of corruption, credulous to the bitter end. For the end was the bitterest of all.
After his second term, when he had gone round the world, and met most of the great people in it, and returned man enough of the world to remark humourously that at Windsor
Queen Victoria had been too anxious to put him at his ease, and after his unwilling candidacy for a third term had been frustrated,--after all his experience, he fell a dupe to a Wall Street
He became a