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Christopher Gore (search for this): chapter 22
f the earlier proclamations, and after examining them found one that just suited me. It was the proclamation of Governor Christopher Gore in 1810. I knew something of his history. He was a very learned and pious man, a graduate of Harvard College,ed appropriate to my condition, and its tone was admirable. It covered every point except one, and that I inserted. Governor Gore asked the people to abstain from all secular labors, but went no further because the clergymen of that day did not used against that learned and pious man and not against me. I was glad that I made the selection of the proclamation of Governor Gore, because I could throw all the blame for want of piety or proper religious sentiment that might appear in that document upon him, and I claim no credit about the matter except for the selection of the proclamation of Governor Gore, which seemed to me to be the best of those I examined. I heard that after the publication of my statement in the newspapers pretty
U. S. Grant (search for this): chapter 22
enezer Rockwood Hoar, who had been an office-holder nearly all his life, and wanted to be the rest of his life by getting Grant to appoint him as associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, while he was attorney-general, but whose c treaty was submitted to the Senate and rejected, but was again renewed in the commencement of the administration of President Grant. A commission from England was sent to Washington to negotiate it. A treaty was negotiated called the Treaty of Washington, which I then believed, and still believe, to be exceedingly adverse to American interests. I advised President Grant against it in every possible form, and against any treaty. I said our claims as a nation against England are simply incou near us no more. Cede Canada to us and we will settle all difficulties and give you a clean release of all claims. Grant was impressed with my idea, but the bondholders changed his determination. They claimed that if we had any trouble with
men in that party that had always opposed me in the Republican party made a bolt from the convention and ran a candidate against me, so that I was not elected, although I received a very large number of votes. In 1879, I was again candidate for governor, having the nomination of the Democratic party. The Hunker Democrats ran a bolting candidate, and I was again defeated, but held substantially the same vote that I had received the year before. In 1880 I supported the nomination of General Hancock for President, the first Democratic candidate I had supported for President since the war began. In 1882 I came to the conclusion to try the question of my being governor of Massachusetts directly and fully against the Republican party, although they had the prestige of just electing a president and had the administration. The hunkers of the Democratic party, having found their utter inability to carry any votes worth counting, did not run a bolting candidate, and I received my nomi
William Henry Harrison (search for this): chapter 22
as could have been done; but Mr. Kelly was taken sick almost immediately after the election and could not attend to business. With him to aid me I could have proven the case; without him I could not bring in the witnesses against the great influence of a successful administration and would fail of proof, and therefore the investigation was not instituted. But I felt certain then, as I do now, that there were votes to the number of several thousand that were wrongly counted in that election. Since that time I have taken no part in politics, save that in the campaign of 1888 I made a single speech in Boston in behalf of the tariff, and I repeated that speech at Detroit, at the request of President Harrison. Michigan was regarded as a doubtful State, as another attempt was being made to have a fusion between the Democrats and greenbackers in that campaign, such as was carried out in the previous one, and I used all the influence I could to prevent its being done. Decorative Motif.
influence and control the elective franchise. I had substantially none of the Republican orators of the day with me because they were all busy trying to elect Mr. Hayes as President. The result followed that while Mr. Hayes got a very large vote, Mr. Tarbox as my congressional Democratic opponent got also a very large vote. BuMr. Hayes got a very large vote, Mr. Tarbox as my congressional Democratic opponent got also a very large vote. But my self-constituted opponent, Mr. Hoar, got hardly enough votes in the district where he lived to count for mile-stones. With that term ended my congressional career, and I thought, as I had given ten years to the country in Congress, I had done all that should be required of me. But to return to my position in Congress. IAll that we did get has been paid out to private claimants, so as a nation we took nothing. I took no part in the proceedings of the Republican party in seating Hayes, and had nothing to do with what I believed then and still believe was a wrong to the country in debasing the elective franchise. With the exception of my servi
eant anything or nothing as one chose to construe it. The committee reported its resolution, and I made a report of the labor convention and received not so large a support as I could wish, but a very generous one. I said I could not support the nominee whoever he might be who stood upon such a platform as had been reported. I thought the nominee should be a western man, a man from a State where large American industries, beside agriculture, were carried on, and I hoped very much that Hendricks of Indiana would be the man Upon a conference with him I said I would support him if nominated notwithstanding the platform, because I knew how a man from a State like Indiana would construe it. But the delegation of the State of New York carried the nomination of Mr. Cleveland by insisting upon voting as a unit, by voting a majority, which States had not unfrequently done in the Democratic conventions before the war. I remember an instance of Virginia voting a great many times in the Balt
Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar (search for this): chapter 22
ction: running against R. H. Dana, Jr. sample stump speeches E. Rockwood Hoar and Harvard College trying to Impeach President Johnson presairly counted majority of votes. Whereupon up started the Hon. Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar, who had been an office-holder nearly all his life, anicy and private wishes I had caused to be rejected by the Senate. Mr. Hoar thought this election would be a good time to revenge himself uponho had every clement to draw to him the strength of his party. So Mr. Hoar called together some of his friends in a Boston hotel and had himsllege was called upon to do missionary work in my district to push Mr. Hoar, who was one of its fellows. Money was forthcoming, as it usuallyent got also a very large vote. But my self-constituted opponent, Mr. Hoar, got hardly enough votes in the district where he lived to count fpolitical adversaries, and the president of the board was Mr. Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar, the bolting candidate who ran against me for Congress in
, I combatted and resisted. But there were more bondholders in Congress than a majority of each House, and they naturally had their way. I urged that the greenbacks were constitutional currency ot of his contract to pay gold for the five-twenties bonds is Secretary McCulloch. Well, if this House proposes to be bound by the financial theories of Secretary McCulloch I should hardly wish to aronstrue this law differently from any other law I will be obliged to him. If he will inform this House why the people of this country should tax themselves to the amount of many millions ($400,000,00itable of all businesses, and has the largest returns without any risks. Every member of this House can argue these propositions for himself better than I can argue them for him. It is my part onlent. of the indorser's notes for their redemption; and I desire some of the able bankers in this House to. explain to me what good result is hoped for from this smothering of a portion of the nationa
Andrew Jackson (search for this): chapter 22
e had also been accustomed for many years to give that degree to the President who should visit Massachusetts during his term of office, and it was given to every one without question until it became a matter of discussion in the case of President Andrew Jackson; and while the degree was conferred upon him in due form, one of the students in the senior class addressed the President in behalf of the class in Latin, of which of course he understood not a word. The opposition made much of this and among the jokes, Major Jack Downing, the humorous letter writer who accompanied Jackson, describing the scene, asserts that at Downingville where the President was received and made a speech, some one called out: You must give us some Latin, Doctor, whereupon the President off with his hat again and said: Fellow-citizens, e pluribus unum, sina qua non. The college still continues its habit of conferring this degree upon the President. The whole performance is a cheap, convenient mode of ad
Andrew Johnson (search for this): chapter 22
ection. They disgusted everybody. Meanwhile Johnson undertook to quarrel with Stanton and depose ennessee, and other gentlemen, counsel for Andrew Johnson, President of the United States. I had f the board of managers that we should have Mr. Johnson brought in and placed at the bar of the Senn a majority of two thirds for conviction. Johnson had been suspected by many people of being coground for the suspicions entertained against Johnson. On the day of the assassination Johnson wasat the Kirkwood House and left his card for Mr. Johnson, who was not in, though it could not be ascme of them that Atzerott was to have attacked Johnson. But as he did not, that should end the belin only for the purpose of finding out whether Johnson was at home. We felt it a duty to the countrepresentatives of the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson. $1,000,000,000 of non-interest-beari greed of the influence thus moving upon President Johnson, a treaty was concluded which made a set[7 more...]
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