‘I prepared,’ said the Governor, ‘the address with care, endeavoring to procure a unity of design throughout, to keep uppermost the precise day and its events which formed the occasion of the ceremony, extending my thoughts out in the direction of other events and auxiliary considerations only just so far as a somewhat severe self-control would permit. I thought, however, since the tragedy of the 19th of April was an apparent conflict between Maryland and Massachusetts, it was fitting that I should show how history at last had brought them into close and cordial harmony; and incidentally to show how much was the exertion, and how great the success, of the loyal hearts of Maryland in view of the difficulties they had to encounter. If, in performing this task, which I felt to a Massachusetts man, and to myself especially, was one of great delicacy, I should be found to have avoided all offence against good taste, and to have maintained with steadiness the scales of honest judgment, I shall be equally gratified and surprised.’The Governor then regrets, that, during his visits to Washington, official business had so much absorbed his time as to prevent him from spending more hours with Mr. Blair at his
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