Memphis Daily Appeal, November 4, 1875

Memphis Daily Appeal, November 4, 1875


Yesterday afternoon I was in Church’s establishment, and Mr. Sam Ireland was asking me what I would do next year. This he did in an apparently friendly manner and with no apparent feeling. Orange Brunt, recently a candidate on the Republican ticket for the legislature in Panola county, Mississippi, being present I spoke to him, and Mr. Ireland asked him what kind of speeches I made in Mississippi. Mr. Brunt began to tell him, and misrepresented me. I corrected him, and Mr. Ireland continued in an apparently friendly way, and during his conversation Mr. Ed Shaw came up, and the discourse turned upon the elections in New York and other States, and finally again to Mississippi. Thereupon Shaw, whom I had never met, and was not personally acquainted with, turned to me and said to those present, “That’s the d—ed son of a b—h who has been making Democratic speeches in Mississippi. He is now dressed up in the blood of the colored men of Mississippi!” Seeing that Mr. Shaw had been misinformed, or desired to misrepresent me, I endeavored to set him straight. I told him that the speeches I made in Mississippi were for the purpose of bringing about peace in that State, or words to that effect; that I had not been making partisan speeches, but indorsed the true Republicans; however, I was under the impression that the leading men in Mississippi were not Republicans.

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