The Writings of Carl Schurz/To Charles Sumner, August 14th, 1871


Chicago, Aug. 14, 1871.

My dear Sumner: I send you my speech [at Chicago, August 12, 1871], which was carefully considered and produced upon my audience the very best effect.

You tell me in your letter that the Republican party must be saved. I am convinced that it can be done only by making it the party of reforms and by suppressing the bad influences governing it. And that requires the utmost decision of action. We must convince the people that we mean business. At any rate, I do mean business, and am “going to fight it out on this line.” Let me know what you think of it.