denial of the statement.
He explained to me that he had left his cards himself at Mr. Blaine
's house, but being a cripple, had not alighted from his carriage.
He said, indeed, that he paid only one or two personal visits during his stay in Washington
, because of his infirmity.
At the same time he told me that though he would not sanction any formal dinner made to bring himself and Mr. Blaine
together, he certainly would not refuse to meet him socially.
In fact time had undoubtedly somewhat mellowed or modified his feeling, and as it became evident that the choice of the party had almost narrowed down to Blaine
admitted that he desired the success of Blaine
as an alternative.
After the nomination he often said to me that he had no doubt Mr. Blaine
would make an excellent President
; and on the first occasion when the candidate was in New York, General Grant
called on him at his hotel.
I was out of town at the time, and wrote to say how glad I was that he had taken this step, for his own sake as well as for the effect it might have upon the election; for it seemed to me that one who had received so much from the Republican party was bound to sink his personal feeling and to do all in his power for its success.
After I went to stay at his house, in the early autumn, I talked in this vein whenever I thought it advisable.
He never disputed the suggestion, but said that he had thought it proper for him as ex-President to call on the nominee of his party for the place he had himself once held.
I thought for awhile that he would make some more explicit declaration of his views, but there were influences persistently and incessantly at work to induce him to withhold his support from Blaine
No opportunity was omitted to revive bitterness or to recall the events which he had attributed to the hostility of Mr. Blaine
, and though Chaffee
, and others did their best, the counter current was too strong.
I very much hoped that at the last he would cast his vote for Blaine
, but the wily enemies of Republicanism were awake