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Alfred H. Stone Collection
Volume: 14

9. Thomas F. Bayard, R[obert] E[noch] Withers, S[amuel] B[ell] Maxey, and George S. Boutwell, Pleas for Peace and Union against Political Intolerance and Sectional Animosity. Speeches of Hon. Thomas F. Bayard, of Delaware, Hon. R. E. Withers, of Virginia, Hon. S. B. Maxey, of Texas, in the Senate of the United States, March 30, 1876, with the Speech of Hon. George S. Boutwell, of Massachusetts (Washington, DC: n.p., 1876). (32 p.)

Speeches concerning the 1875 elections in Mississippi. The debate was prompted by a resolution introduced by Senator Oliver P. Morton from Indiana, in which he objected to the “great frauds, violence, and intimidation, whereby the freedom of the ballot was in a great measure destroyed.” Mr. Bayard defends white Democrats in that election, and Mr. Stone has marked several passages of his speech, most emphatically this one in which Bayard uses a quotation by President Ulysses S. Grant. “’Let us have peace; let us have an end of executive and congressional interference with the elections in the States and the local affairs of the people of the States; and then, and then only, will we have that peace which is essential to heal the wounds of war and bind our fellow-countrymen in a real, a permanent union of interest, of feeling, and patriotic devotion.’”