Grant's Letter to General Hawley


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Let Us Have Peace.—On the receipt of the official notification of his first nomination for the Presidency, he addressed to General Hawley the following letter, concluding with one of those brief phrases for which this " silent man " was noted:

WASHINGTON, D. C., May 29, 1868. To Gen. Joseph R. Hawley, President National Republican Convention: In formally accepting the nomination of the " National Union Republican Convention " of the 21st of May last,it seems proper that some statement of views, beyond the mere acceptance of the nomination, should be expressed.

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The proceedings of the convention were marked with wisdom, moderation, and patriotism, and, I believe, expressed the feelings of the great mass of those who sustained the country through its recent trials. I endorse their resolutions.

If elected to the office of President of the United States, it will be my endeavor to administer all the laws in good faith, with economy, and with the view of giving peace, quiet, and protection everywhere. In times like the present, it is impossible, or at least eminently improper, to lay down a policy to be adhered to, right or wrong. Through an administration of four years, new political issues, not foreseen, are constantly arising, the views of the public on old ones are constantly changing, and a purely administrative officer should always be left free to execute the will of the people. I always have respected that will, and always shall. Peace and universal prosperity, its sequence, with economy of administration, will lighten the burden of taxation, while it constantly reduces the national debt. Let us have peace.
With great respect, your obedient servant,   U. S. GRANT



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