The Writings of Carl Schurz/To Charles Sumner, January 1st, 1871


2020 F St., New Year's Day, '71.

My dear Friend: Your servant has brought joy and strength to this house, so far as such things can be carried in bottles. I thank you most sincerely for what you have sent, but I almost suspect you of sinister motives for having sent so much. Do you intend to bribe me? Do you think you can thus induce me to stand by you when you are to be driven from the Committee on Foreign Relations, or to vote with you on San Domingo? If such are your designs, you have chosen your means wisely. Well, I will do it. In the meantime accept, with my thanks for the bribe, the sincerest wishes of my whole family, for a happy new year.