The Writings of Carl Schurz/From Rutherford B. Hayes, December 6th, 1876

Columbus, O., Dec. 6, 1876.

I have read your article on the mode you suggest for determining contested Presidential elections. Its general tone and purpose strike me favorably. What is wanted is an article which shall practically embody the views you maintain. The suggestion is not in a condition for presentation—we can't say yea or nay to it until we see it in form for a place in the Constitution.

I am overwhelmed with calls congratulating me on the results declared in Florida and Louisiana. I have no doubt that we are justly and legally entitled to the Presidency. My conversations with Sherman, Garfield, Stoughton and others settled the question in my mind as to Louisiana.