Harper's Weekly 09/28/1872
THE KEY-NOTE OF THE CAMPAIGN.
WHAT H. G. KNOWS ABOUT HIS FRIENDS.
B. GRATZ BROWN.
“President Grant has expressed precisely the opin-
ion we should have expected from him concerning the
Gratz Brown movement in Missouri. He considers it
an effort to disorganize the Republican party without
cause, which no good Republican who has the interests
of the country and of the party at heart can fail zealously
to combat. How any man professing Republicanism can
fail to take the same view is one of the mysteries which
only Revenue Reformers, Tammany Republicans, and oth-
er political nondescripts can be expected to understand.”
—Tribune, September 21, 1870.
“If apples are wormy this year, and grapes mildew, and
ducks' eggs addle, and bladed corn be lodged, it may all be
ascribed to the unhallowed influence of Mr. Tilton's Life
of Victoria Woodhull.' “—Tribune, September 11, 1871.
HON. JAMES R. DOOLITTLE.
“The only corps of which Mr. Doolittle can fairly be
considered a leader is that represented by Thevardier in
Victor Hugo's `Les Misérables,' who prowl about the
battle-fields to plunder the dead and wounded, and march
indifferently after one army or the other for the sake of the
spoils.”—Tribune, July 18, 1868.
“Sympathy with depravity amounts in him to a religious
passion; meanness with him rises to the height of a holy
fervor.”—Tribune, July 4, 1868.
WHAT H. G. KNOWS ABOUT HIS PRESENT
“I saw the other day a suggestion that I would prob-
ably be the best Democratic candidate to run against Gen-
eral Grant for President. I thought that about the most
absurd thing I ever heard or read…..I am a decided enemy
of that party, even in its most respectable aspects.”—Hor-
“It seems to us unwise in an Editor ever to allow his name
to go before the public as a candidate for any party nom-
ination. It is such an appalling consideration, that run-
ning for a prominent office puts you under obligation to so
many thousand people, who feel that your gratitude can
never equal their deserts, that we think an Editor, who is
already indebted to so many thousands for taking his paper
and inducing others to take it, should never voluntarily in-
cur a further obligation”—Tribune, August 5, 1858.
“I have no doubt that the policy you suggest is that
which your party [the Democrats] ought to adopt…..You
only err as to the proper candidate. I am not the man
you need. Your party is mostly Free Trade, and I am a
ferocious Protectionist. I have no doubt that I might be
nominated and elected by your help, but it would place us
all in a false position”—Horace Greeley,in Tribune,
December 30, 1871.
“The `personal views of Mr. Greeley' impel him to
deprecate a Democratic national triumph as one of the
gravest national calamities.”—Tribune, August 18, 1871.
“May it be written on my grave that I was never its fol-
lower [the Democratic party], and lived and died in noth-
ing its debtor”—Horace Greeley.
WHAT H. G. KNOWS ABOUT THE
“The essential articles of the Democratic creed [are]
`love rum and hate niggers.' The less one learns and
knows, the more certain he is to vote the regular ticket,
from A to Izzard.”—Horace Greeley.
“Point wherever you please to an election district which
you will pronounce morally rotten, given up in great part
to debauchery and vice, whose voters subsist mainly by
keeping policy offices, gambling-houses, grog-shops, and
darker dens of infamy, and that district will be found at
nearly or quite every election giving a majority for that
which styles itself the `Democratic' Party. Take all the
haunts of debauchery in the land, and you will find nine-
tenths of their master-spirits active partisans of that same
“A purely selfish interest attaches the lewd, ruffianly,
criminal, and dangerous classes to the Democratic Party.”
“Every one who chooses to live by pugilism, or gam-
bling, or harlotry, with nearly every keeper of a tippling-
house, is politically a Democrat.”—Horace Greeley,
January 7, 1868.
“We thereupon asked our contemporary to state frank-
ly whether the pugilists, blacklegs, thieves, burglars, keep-
ers of dens of prostitution, etc., etc., were not almost unani-
mously Democrats.”—Horace Greeley.
“The brain, the heart, the soul of the present Demo-
cratic Party is the rebel element at the South, with its
Northern allies and sympathizers. It is rebel at the core
to-day.”—Horace Greeley,February, 1871.
WHAT H. G. KNOWS ABOUT THE SOUTH.
“All do know that there are several hundred thousand
mulattoes in this country; and we presume that no one
has any serious doubt that the fathers of at least nine-
tenths of them are white Democrats.”—Horace Gpee-
ley,December 10, 1867.
“I hold our Government bound by its duty of protect-
ing our citizens in their fundamental rights to pass and
enforce laws for the extirpation of the execrable Ku-Klux
conspiracy; and if it has not the power to do it, then I
say our Government is no Government, but a sham. I
therefore, on every proper occasion, advocated and justi-
fied the Ku-Klux act. I hold it especially desirable for
the South; and if it does not prove strong enough to ef-
fect its purpose, I hope it will be made stronger and stron-
ger.”—Horace Greeley,June, 1871.
“When the rebellious Traitors are overwhelmed in the
Field, and scattered like leaves before an angry wind, it
must not be to return to Peaceful and Contented Homes.
They must find Poverty at their firesides, and see Privation
in the anxious eyes of mothers and the rags of children.”—
Horace Greeley,Tribune, May 1, 1861.
“Let the soldier understand that he is enrolled to fight
a parcel of knaves, all liable to indictment, trial, sentence,
and execution—men who have wickedly disturbed the
peace of the world without provocation—men with whom
no terms are to be made—Dick Turpins, who call them-
selves generals, and Captain Kyds, who call themselves
commanders. A thief is a thief—a liar is a liar—a perjurer
is a perjurer; and every Southern traitor, who is morally
responsible, is all three together!”—H. G., Aug. 16, 1862.