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National Convention at New Orleans, LA

1872LA-National-reports-page21.pdf

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While in Washington, I had a pleasant interview with Mr. Sumner, and I asked him with a direct question, "Whether he would support the Philadelphia nominee for President, or not" and he answered me by saying, "I am not prepared to answer that question." I state this upon authority. I then said to him, "In case President Grant is nominated, will you support him?" His answer was: "I can not tell."

Mr. Ransier, or South Carolina—Oh! he's standing on the fence.

Mr. Pinchback—No, he is not standing upon the fence. He has not given any opinion. In fact, he has not made up his mind.

My honorable friend from Alabama has said that President Grant was the only man that could protect them. I dislike very much to hear any such remarks. We are an American people, and we should look to ourselves for protection. Of course, the President has the advantage of the law, and he can say there is a law that protects you. But the question naturally arises: Does he and will he protect you?

Then we have heard a great deal of talk about civil rights. Why, sirs, our Legislature has enacted and made laws which would secure civil rights, but they are not almost useless upon our statute books today.

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