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National Convention at New Orleans, LA

1872LA-National-reports-page69.pdf

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Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Convention—I do not propose to occupy the attention of this convention for more than one or two minutes, but I must say to those who are opposing this section of the report of the committee on civil rights, I do not wish to do injustice to my distinguished and exemplary friend Mr. Clarke, for I know him to be a man in every respect worthy. He is a gentleman who has been battling for this same cause of liberty that I have, but I must say that he has only shown the conservative side of this question, and he must have known that this was a radial convention. He has given his views in regard to this supplemental civil rights bill, form which I must differ a little with him. His idea of the Republican platform differs a little from mine, but I do not think that Mr. Clarke would do anything or say anything that would prove disastrous to the Republican party or its principles. I want the Republican cause to hoist its standard; I want it to come higher, for it is, as I said before, the party of progress, but I want it ti have a solid platform that will stand firm in the coming election.

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