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National Convention at New Orleans, LA
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I trust, gentlemen, that you will be cool and deliberate, yet firm and independent in your deliberations: that you will allow no inharmonious elements to obtrude themselves upon you and engraft themselves upon the records of this most important assembly. The eyes of the country are upon you, and not only your immediate constituencies but the friends of liberty, law, order and progress everywhere are anxiously looking to you for such a report of your doings as will gladden their hearts, confirm their hopes and strengthen their faith in republican institutions in this country.
I behold, gentlemen, before me those who have fought the good fight; gentlemen who labored in the cause of freedom and equal rights through good report and through evil report, to whom our people are looking for guidance, for counsel, for direction: men to whom we are indebted for much, and to whom the country is indebted.
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