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14
Month
July
Year
1876
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5is Letter Accepting the Komination for tHe J'.CHHlen.y. Cot.toiüüs. O., July 8. 'Jlir Hon. Edward HoPherson, the Hou. William A Hiwiiril, Ihe Hon. Joscpb II. H'iincy, and others OounniUcc uf tho Ktpublican Vui'unui Conven tion : (ii ■.xti.kmkn - In reply to jour ofticial com mnnication of Juno 17, by wliioh I am informec of my nomination for the ollico oí President o tlio United Btate by tbe Repnblican Nationa Conventioii at Cincinnati, I accept the nomin al ion with gratitudo, lioping tliat, under Prov idence, 1 liall bo ablo, if eleeted, to executo thodutics oí the high ollico as a trust for the benefit oi ill tlic poople. I do not deem it neeessary to enter upon any extended oxarnination of the declaration o principies made by the eonvention. The reolutiens aro in accord with my views, and I hcariily concnr in llio principies they an nounco. In sevcral of the reeolutiona, how ever, quostions aro considered wbich aro o sueh impartance tliat I deern it proper to brief ly expreos, my convietious in regard to them. The flfch rcaolution adoplcd by the conven tion is of paramount interest. More than Corlyyears ago a syatem of malnng aypoint menta grew up, based updji the masini, "To the victora beluig.tliü spoils," The old ruk -the truc rule thal hoiios'.y, eapaeUy am lidclity constitntü the oniy FOfti iualificatiotis foroflice, and that thure is uo other claim gave place to the idea that party services wen to 6e chieily considered. All parties. in prac tico, Ii:io adupted the system. It haa beei aasepttallv modiñed aince ita first introduc tion ; it lias" not, however, boen improved At lirat the President, either directlv or tbrongh the lieads of departmente. made al the appointmeuts, J3ut gradually tbe appointing power; in many cases, passed iuto the control of the. momborg of Congresa. The offieesin these cases have becomo not merely rewarda fov party services, but rewarda' for seruefs to party loadors. This svstcm destroys the independence of the neparatodeparlmenti of tlio Government. It tends direetly to extravaganco and oflicial incaparity; it is a temptation to dishonesty : it binders and impairg tliat careful supervisión and striot accountability by whioh alone faitliíul s.nd eflicient public service can le ecurod: it obstructa the prompt rt'innviil and Bure puninhment of the unworthy; in every way it degrades the civi service and the character uf the Governmont it is telt, 1 am eontident, by a largo majnrityo! Ltlie meinbersof Conyress, to lie an intolerable burdenand an 'umvafrantable hi'nflra ■ to tlu proper discharge of thoir legitímate dnties; il oupht to Be abolishfd. The reform should ba Ihorough, radical and completo. We ühoult return to the principies and practico of the fouuders of tho Government, supplyhig pj legislation, when needed, thal whieh was formerly establiahed by custom. They neithea expected nor desired from the public officer any partisan service. Théy nieunt that inblic etlioers hoilld owe their whole ncrvice to the Government and to flio peuple. They meant that tho oiheer should bo secure in his tonure as louf; aa hia personal haiacter remaiuec ïmtaniisned, and tho performacoo of bis dutieM satisfaetory. If eleeted, 1 aliall couduct the aduiinistration of the floveniment upori theso principien, and all oustitutional powers veated in the Executivp will bo caípioyod lo eailisb this rofrtrm: The deolai-ation of principies by the Cincinnati Convention makes no annouuecment in favor of a single IVesidential term. I do not assumo to add to that declaration. but, believing tliat the reatoration of the civil uorvice to tho system estaMiahed by VVnaliington and followed by the early I 'rvsidonis civu be beít accompJished by ui llxceutivo who ih undor no temptatiou to uae the patronago of hia oilice to promo'.e hi own re-electioii, I desire to porform what I rega d as a duty in stating now my inflexible purpoao, if eleeted, not to be a candidato for election to u eecond term. . On the currency qnostion I have freqneutly expressed my vknvë in public, aud I fstaud by my record on this subject. I regard all the laws of tho United átate rckiting to tho payment of the public iudobtfcdnoss, tl. e legaltender notes included, as constituting a pledge and moral obligation of the Government which Binst in goqd faith bo kept.. It in-my conviction tlmt tho feoling of uueeriaiuty iuseparablo from air irroleomab] paper currency, viti its fiuetuations of valuea, ia one of tho groat obataclea to a revival of conödeneo and buuiuess. and to a return of proaperity. lliat uucertaiuty can bo ended in but one way - the resumption of Hpeeio ])aymeuta ; but the Jonger tho instability conuected rith our present monoy system is permitted to continuo, tho greater will bo the injury inüictod u]un our eonomiol interostH and all clanneH of society. 11' eloeted I shall approve evcry nieasiire to aceomplish ttie d68V60 end, and shall oppoae any step baekward. f ■ Tho resolntion with respect to the public school aystcm is ono whieh should reoeive the htarty auppwrt of the American people. Agitation upnn this subject is to be apprebonded uutil, by ('onsiitiu loiiul ameudinent, tlie schools are placed bevond :'lldaiigcr of sectarian control or inte: !iTcü"e. The Iie]n;blican party is plttdged to secure auch an ameudmont. The reHolution of the convontion on the subject ef tho permanent paeilicatiou of the country, and tho complete protectioh of. all its citizens in the full onjoymont of all their coiistitutional right, ia timely aud of great importanco. The condition of the Southern ötatea attracts tho attention and commands the Bympathy of tlio pobple of the ivholo Union. In their progreesive roeovery from tho ÜfteOta of ihc WSB, tlieir lirat necessity ia an intelligent and houost admiuistration of government whieh will protoet all claaaes of citizens in all their political and right-s. What the South most needs ia" peaco, and peaeo de pond upou tho aupromaey of law. Thero eau be no euiluring peaco if tho eonstitutioual viglits of any portion of the peoplo are habituaJlydisregarded. A divuion of political partiea rot-tin mprely npon distinetion of race, or npon scctioual iinoa, ia always unforttHiato, aud muy ba diHüHtroiiH. Tiie welfare of tbe Houth, hl;o with that of every other part of the conn try, d(;pends upon tho attraftioua it can olïer to labor, to immigratiou, aud to capital. Bul laborera will not go, and capital will not bo ventured, where the Constitutiou aud the lawa uro set at dcliaiice, aud distractiou, íion and alarm 'tuko tto placo of péacé-lovug and law-abidinj; social lifo. All parta of the Confttitntion are oacrcJ and munt be sa;rodly obaorvcd, "the parta that are now uo lesa th&n the parta tliat aro oíd." The moral md material prospeiity of tho Southeru States 3an bo iin)i-l. círcctually advanced by a luüirty ind generous recognitiou of tho rights of all by UI, " a recogniüon without reservo or excep;ion. Witü mich a recognition fully accorded, it ivill be practicable to promote, by tbo iufluenco :f all legitiinato agoucios of tho general (invsrnment, the olforts of tho pouplo of those 3tate to obtaiu for thomselvea tho hlesBings of LionOHt aud capablo local govornmeut. If elected. I shall conHidor it nqt only my duty, but it will bo my ardent desire, tó labor for tho atlai iiiiiciit of thi ond. Lot mo afisuro my covuiLrymen of tho Southorn States that if I Hhall be charged witli the duty of orgajuizing an admintratiou, it will bo orie wliich will regard aud cheriHli tl'.eir truest intorotit, the iníeretof thewhito and of the colorad people, botli, and cqually, atid which will püt forth Im bBfit efforts iu behalf of a civil policy which will wipe out forever tho (iistiuctiou botween tho North and South iu our common country. With a civil service organizcd upon a syatom which will secure pnrity, oxporiehco, etlioioncy, and economy, a strict regard for tho public wolfare, aolely, in apix)iutmeut8, aud tbo peoily, thorough, and uimparing proficcutiüii and puninlimentof all public oilicer who botray oflicial truatn; with a Hound currency; with oilucation unsectarian aud freo to all; with Bimplicity and friignlity in public and private affairs; and with a fraternal spirit of hnrmony pervading the peoplo of all sectioue and elaeüèu, we may reasouably hope tliat tho secoñd century of onr exitonco as a nat ion will, by tlio ulesning of God, be ]rc-omiuent a an era of good feoliug and a poriod of progros, prosperity, Una happinesa. Ilospectfully, your fellow-citizeu, E. B, Haïes.

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