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James Buchanan (search for this): chapter 22
ing 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 Baltimore convention which nominated Pierce in favor of Buchanan, although they stood eight to seven as between Buchanan and Douglas. The nomination of Mr. Cleveland I looked upon as a victory of the free traders of New York City. The convention adjourned and we went home. I had several strong inducementBuchanan and Douglas. The nomination of Mr. Cleveland I looked upon as a victory of the free traders of New York City. The convention adjourned and we went home. I had several strong inducements offered me by my friends, purporting to come from the highest authorities, that in case I would support Mr. Cleveland I should receive the highest consideration in his administration. I replied to that, that I wanted for myself nothing of office; my own law office was better pecuniarily and every other way for me than any office I could have under an administration, and I did not care very much to go further into politics. It is of no special consequence that the three propositions which wer
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
Salmon P. Chase (search for this): chapter 22
according to the forms of the English law,--or as Judge Chase had been tried when Aaron Burr presided over the debt would be paid in gold was in the answer of Secretary Chase to a letter sent him from abroad — Frankfort, Is sent over here as a stock-jobbing proposition to Mr. Chase. How did he answer it? Through his assistant secrty notes was made on the 18th of May, 1862, by Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury, in these words:-- end from Maine [Mr. Blaine]. I did not say that Salmon P. Chase was not guilty of the same thing; I only said tof it; that is the distinction. [Laughter.] If Salmon P. Chase had broken the faith of this government — if hen we paid gold to meet all our obligations — if Salmon P. Chase, on the 18th of May, 1864, when called upon to e first repudiator? The gentleman chooses to cite Mr. Chase as the promisor of this bad note. Be it so; I am e it with what was the circulation before the war. Mr. Chase reported the circulation of this country before th<
e committee where he was. The card was put in the proper box for the delivery of all such matters in Mr. Johnson's room, and he never saw it. This fact was substantially all the evidence which would tend to implicate him. After the capture of Atzerott and other fellow-conspirators with Booth, it was confessed by some of them that Atzerott was to have attacked Johnson. But as he did not, that should end the belief that there had been previously a conspiracy to abduct Lincoln, and that this scAtzerott was to have attacked Johnson. But as he did not, that should end the belief that there had been previously a conspiracy to abduct Lincoln, and that this scheme to kill him and Seward was substituted for it almost within the day when it was to be carried out. It seems to me that the call of Booth and his leaving a card might have been only for the purpose of finding out whether Johnson was at home. We felt it a duty to the country that nothing should be said or done to give a foundation for any such suspicion against its President — certainly not without the most overwhelming proofs. In 1867 there was pending before Congress a proposition so to
, and I can read my diploma in the Latin tongue, as perhaps one half my predecessors in the executive office who got the degree could not do. The treatment of the students I did not fear, and upon the whole I thought it would be more proper and dignified conduct on my part to attend the commencement with all the state and escort with which any governor had ever attended, especially as I received the customary invitation so to do from the high-minded and learned president of the college, Mr. Eliot. Almost as a matter of course, therefore, I was received with very proper courtesy and treatment upon my visit, which was really a very enjoyable occasion. One result of this visit was that I broke the mould; the college has not since conferred at its commencement the degree of Ll. D. upon all the governors irrespective of their merits to that literary distinction, and they felt themselves obliged to refuse it to my successor, Gov. Geo. D. Robinson, although he was an eminent lawyer, a
Richard H. Dana (search for this): chapter 22
s elected to Congress takes part in financial questions greenbacks are money, and hence good enough for bondholders congressional election: running against R. H. Dana, Jr. sample stump speeches E. Rockwood Hoar and Harvard College trying to Impeach President Johnson presenting the case did Johnson know of Booth's plans: a phdrawing the Republican votes from myself than to have so pestilent a greenbacker represent that solid old Republican district in Congress. Therefore, Mr. Richard H. Dana, Jr., a gentleman of very respectable talents indeed and of considerable learning, and one who prided himself on his ancestry, was procured to run against me.will come down and ride with me I assure you we won't take anybody's dust. I instance this as some of the amenities of the stump speaking of the campaign. Mr. Dana was beaten out of sight. When the next elections came I supposed the contest would be given up. At least, I was so assured by the Republican State Committee, an
I wear them to keep my hands warm, and I advise you to do the same. As to the averment that it is necessary to be dirty in order to get to be your equal, I assure you I shall not have to get into a manure pit to be fit to associate with you, but simply be a respectable, well-clad, decent American citizen, who knows that one man who behaves well and does his duty to his country and his family is as good as another. As to horses, fellow-citizens, when I came down here into this district from Lowell, where I used to live, I brought my horses with me, and I thought I had a good span; but when I got among you I found that my constituents had better horses, and I proposed to get as good a pair as I could, and I have got a good pair, and if you will come down and ride with me I assure you we won't take anybody's dust. I instance this as some of the amenities of the stump speaking of the campaign. Mr. Dana was beaten out of sight. When the next elections came I supposed the contest w
James F. Wilson (search for this): chapter 22
to have that amount of circulation without redundancy; and as each legal-tender note is, as we have seen, a part of the debt secured by mortgage of the whole property of the United States, without depreciation. Our debt now is $2,500,000,000, about $2,200,000,000 of it interest-bearing. Suppose we issue our legal-tender greenbacks, as I will call them for convenience, and buy up or redeem our interest-bearing debt that is due to the amount of $1,000,000,000. Then our debt stands, James F. Wilson, Iowa. Geo. S. Boutwell, Mass. John A. Logan, El. Benj. F. Butler, Mass. Thaddeus Stevens, Penn. Thos. Williams, Penn. Jno. A. Bingham, Ohio: managers of the House of Representatives of the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson. $1,000,000,000 of non-interest-bearing debt, and $1,500,000,000 of interest-bearing debt. Now, if that $1,000,000,000 of circulation is too much, i. e., more than is needed for currency, I agree with the gentleman from Maine that it will be depreciated. B
ockading fleets. The Dominion of Canada was made a headquarters for the concoction and carrying out of all sorts of incursions upon our territory, robbing banks, setting fire to our cities, sending garments charged with infectious disease to be distributed among our people, and affording a path for supplies of British gold by which our currency was debased by speculators in gold, by raising large premiums upon gold supplied through English sources. These, with the encouragement given by England from the very beginning of the war that if the South could make sufficient headway to justify the British government in declaring the independence of the Confederacy it would so do,--all these formed an aggregate of national wrongs and injuries that could not be compensated for by money. Through the greed of the influence thus moving upon President Johnson, a treaty was concluded which made a settlement of the Alabama claims for the actual destruction of some property. This treaty was sub
John B. Alley (search for this): chapter 22
well, and outside of the congressional district in which that city is situated. When autumn came we struck the tent, and afterwards I spent the winter at Washington before the courts there. In 1866 we returned to our tent, and in fishing and fowling spent another summer delightfully. That fall came the election for representatives to Congress. I had no wish or desire to antagonize the sitting member from the Lowell district, the Hon. George S. Boutwell, in his re-election. But the Hon. John B. Alley, who then represented the district where my tent was, familiarly known in Massachusetts as the Essex district, informed me that he did not desire to be a candidate again, and asked me if I would like to succeed him. Reflecting upon the matter, and feeling a little curiosity to know whether I could be elected in a district where I was only a carpet-bagger, I said I would try it. The convention was called, and without any special effort I was nominated. There was a large Republican
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